Yesterday The CW made the surprise announcement that it was renewing Warner Bros’ Superman And Lois for a fourth season, despite having no money. It was speculated that the show would undergo a budget reduction to make this possible, which would include a culling of the regular cast members. And wow, they sure did. 24 hours later, every actor except five has been given pink slips.
My Adventures With Superman is just one of several projects WB has in the pipe for its DC brand…but not all projects are equal. As we’ve covered before, the company has plans to eventually unify its movie and TV productions into one shared, connected DC Universe, with the guidance of former Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn. What does that mean, though, for everything that has come before? Including this new cartoon, which isn’t part of the new universe?
We’ve known WB’s My Adventures With Superman was coming since 2021. And up to now, that’s about all we’ve known. The studio has been very tight-lipped about when to expect it and even where it will show up (Cartoon Network? Adult Swim? HBO…er, Max?)
Two years ago, back when Warner Bros’ prospects were a bit sunnier, the studio announced a range of superhero-based cartoons, such as Batman: Caped Crusader and My Adventures With Superman. Then Zaslav came in and massacred the whole business. Caped Crusader managed to live thanks to a deal with Amazon Prime, but no one heard anything about the Superman cartoon since, and most people assumed it’d been shut down. Guess not — here’s footage of it, with a promise of an imminent release.
Can’t remember seeing Russell Crowe on a football field? Well, in 2000, while playing rugby, Henry Cavill (Superman) met with Crowe who was filming Proof of Life on a location at Stowe. The star shared some acting tips with Cavill and later sent him an acting package to his boarding school. Cavill was born in Jersey, England in 1983, one of five children.
Two Superman news headlines in one hour! As previously reported by everyone, film director James Gunn, previously responsible for the Guardians of the Galaxy series at Marvel and The Suicide Squad / Peacemaker for DC, has been hired to do basically everything else for DC — a new roadmap that will provide a unified universe to rival that one the Mouse has.
The CW has finally set a return date for what will very probably be the last season of Superman And Lois. It’s a pity, really. It’s a classy show and Bitsie Tulloch has become one of our favorite Lois Lanes ever filmed. But the circumstances can’t be helped — the network is dying.
Public domain is the status of characters like Huckleberry Finn, Zorro, Cinderella, and Sherlock Holmes. Their creators passed away over 70 years. That means they do not belong to a family or company anymore. Once a character reaches this status, Every Filmmaker can make their own interpretation of them without any consequences. We have a Winnie the Pooh horror movie and a movie where Zorro is gay.
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.