When Superman And Lois returns in 2023 to what’s left of The CW, you might notice one character looks and sounds a bit different. Jordan Elsass, who played Jonathan Kent in the first two seasons of the series, is departing voluntarily. The series has picked a replacement: Australian actor Michael Bishop.
As for why Elsass is leaving the show, the official statement is the usual vague “personal reasons” boilerplate….but the actor opened up to his real motivation on, of all things, a Cameo to a fan. “It’s sad, it’s a real shame,” he’s quoted as saying. “I know that I was pumped for Season 3, for sure, but what are you going to do? Anyway, mental health is definitely 100% priority. It’s pinnacle. It’s got to take precedence. And mine has been…the last couple of years…it’s been rough.” Elsass went on to say in the video he may be considering abandoning acting altogether.
Replacing actors is something CW shows have fumbled with. Simply recasting the role is…..a relatively new phenomenon here. In the past most DC CW shows have simply dropped the character they played entirely, with little to no explanation for their absence (I suppose, in this case, killing off one of Superman’s two sons offstage wouldn’t be a good idea). The most notorious example, not just on The CW but on television in general, was what Batwoman tried when they replaced their departing actress with an entirely new Batwoman….and then recast the original role anyway as some kind of “twist.” It cost the show its life.
Superman And Lois will be back, with most of the original actors, next year on The CW.