90’s TV revivals seem to be all the rage these days, with “Roseanne,” “Murphy Brown” and “Will and Grace,” (among many others) all having made comebacks the past two TV seasons. At one point in time, renewals like this, that feature the original cast members returning for a wave of new episodes, would have seemed like only a fan’s dream come true, but here we are.
So with this trend seeming to not be going anywhere, why not bring back an older series featuring the Man of Steel and a certain trouble finding reporter? Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a series on ABC that ran from 1993-1997 and served as a sort-of romantic comedy centering on the titular couple with Superman’s adventures set off to the side in most episodes. It was well-received at the time, lasting four seasons, but I think most would agree that it began losing steam when Lois learned Clark was Superman so early into the run – the show’s second season.
Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary at New York City Comic Con this Friday and during the event, The Hollywood Reporter takes note of a fan who brought up the possibility of the two of them showing up as Lois and Clark in The CW’s Arrowverse sometime (both actors have appeared on the network’s Supergirl as different characters, although the show has established alternate universes and even timelines). Hatcher said with enthusiasm that she’d be up for it. “Of course,” she said. “That would be amazing.”
Cain seemed to like the idea as well, but added: “I think it needs more than an episode. I would love to see what Lois and Clark are up to [now]. The possibilities are endless.”
In the series’ final episode, a cliffhanger was written in as a mystery child had been dropped off at the couple’s door and both actors said they has thought about what could have developed next.
“I could see the baby having been a Kryptonian child and they had to go back,” Cain said. “I could see them having a couple of Krypto-Earth kids. … I think Lois Lane is probably mayor of Metropolis, running stuff. Clark is still pushing paper and pencil, chasing stories.”
Although the baby was left at their door, and not the couple’s natural baby, Hatcher said she liked the idea of Lois and Clark having to raise a child who inherited Clark’s powers.
“I thought maybe as the kid was getting older, he’s struggling with trying to figure out what to do with his powers, and [Clark] would have to get his powers back,” she said. “And then, I was mostly thinking about a marriage where you stay together [despite the struggles]. When [Clark] didn’t have powers and Lois was working, it was emasculating and struggling … but once the kid is out of the picture, Lois and Clark have to figure out do we stay married?”
With the original series now streaming on DC Universe, Hatcher said they’ve made moves to see if we could see a continuation (Hatcher introduced Lois & Clark on DC Daily, the show that launched the DC Universe service). “I got as far as some people at Warner Bros.,” she said. “It’s a complicated sell because they have their own plan for the superheroes [and where Superman fits in].”
“Maybe that’s why Marvel is kicking their butts in the movies these days,” Cain joked.
Whatever ends up happening, both Hatcher and Cain praise the show for being ahead of its time, especially given the show put Lois in the top billing of the title. “What it meant to me was not the billing order, but what they were going to put first and foremost was the romance and the relationship,” Hatcher said. “I thought that was an exciting new way to tell the story. … I think at the time, that’s what audiences responded to. That’s what I responded to.”
“Nowadays, it would be seen as a progressive [decision],” Cain said. “It’s stating a fact. Lois, she drove the episodes. I think it was a testament to advance thinking.”