A couple of weeks back, we were thrilled to hear that Superman would be joining his cousin Kara as well as Green Arrow and The Flash for this year’s annual crossover event that sprawls The CW’s DC Comics-based TV shows. This year, three shows are participating in the festivities: The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl. Legends of Tomorrow will be sitting out this year and Black Lightning, thus far, is set in a separate continuity outside of those other four shows.
Grimm and Parkland star Elizabeth Tulloch will portray the intrepid reporter this time out, filling the shows of past television Lois Lane’s Teri Hatcher (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Erica Durance (Smallville). Last month, Supergirl producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner said “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Lois Lane to the Arrowverse. This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman and amazing addition to our universe of DC characters.”
It certainly sounds like they got the right girl to play The Daily Planet spitfire, as Tulloch posted this on her Instagram account:
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Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment: I am so excited (thank you Warner Brothers, the CW, DC Comics, @gberlanti, @davidrapaport, Jessica Queller et al) to be playing the iconic Lois Lane on the Arrowverse crossover episodes. And I can’t wait to work with my friend @dpanabaker and of course @tylerhoechlin 😉 When I started acting, one of my teachers asked me to watch the screen tests for the role of Lois Lane for 1978’s Superman. All of the actresses were terrific, but it was always clear to me why Margot Kidder won the role: she seemed lit from within, full of joie de vivre. Now, at a time when the noble profession of journalism feels under siege, it’s a privilege to join the club of actresses who have played the dogged reporter. As far back as 1938 when she first appeared in Action Comics #1, Lois Lane has defied and subverted society’s expectations of how women should behave. She was portrayed as opinionated, inquisitive, and an unapologetically badass career woman at a time when many representations of women leaned more towards meek and demure. One of the reasons the character has remained so compelling for the last 80 years is that she has all these formidable, strong-willed qualities, but she’s also vulnerable, romantic, and feminine. A truly modern woman. ❤️
DCTV returns to The CW this fall with The Flash leading the charge on Tuesday, October 9 with its Season 5 premiere at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by Season 2 of Black Lightning at 9 PM. Supergirl will follow the next week on Sunday, October 14 at 8 PM, with Arrow the next day on Monday, October 15 at 8 PM. Finally, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return on Monday, October 22 at 9 PM. The highly-anticipated crossover will air over three nights, from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11.