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Superman And Lois Season 1 Blu-ray Review

“Superman And Lois” shows promise in its debut season.  

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Given that there have been countless Superman shows over the years, I initially wondered if “Superman And Lois” would bring something new to the table? Luckily, it does. This is a series that focuses more on the Superman family. In this series Clark Kent and Lois Lane have been married for years and have 2 teenage boys Jonathan and Jordan. The 15 episode first season largely focuses on the family dynamic with stories about Clark’s children learning that he is Superman, Jordan developing powers himself, Lois Lane’s father (a General) working with the DOD (who work with Superman). Other key storylines revolve around Lana, her husband Kyle and their daughter Sarah (who has feelings for Jordan), a shady corporate CEO (Morgan Edge) who is hiding something and plotting a secret project for Smallville, John Henry Irons, another Earth, Lois joining the Smallville Gazette, and some surprises from Superman mythology.

“Superman And Lois” kicks off with a bang with the exciting Pilot episode. Not only did the story delve into interesting concepts like the Daily Planet newspaper dying out and Smallville being a dying town, but the show pays homage to various incarnations of Superman ala Richard Donner era, “Man Of Steel” (especially the cinematography) and even “Superman Returns.” Really though, “Superman And Lois” felt like its own show in the pilot as it takes the characters to places we haven’t seen before on film or TV as the family dynamic becomes the focus. Superman’s struggles to balance a homelife while saving the world is an engaging dilemma to watch.

On the downside, the series hasn’t quite lived up to that pilot yet. Yes, episode 11 had some rewarding flashbacks and the final 2 episodes were nothing short of eventful (while also teasing arcs to come in season 2), but a lot of the season is bogged down by dull small town drama, standard CW teen drama, and far too much time devoted to Lana’s husband Kyle who really drags the show down. Hopefully season 2 is a bit more focused on the family while also delving more into bigger and better aspects of the Superman universe. Let’s be real, Morgan Edge wasn’t the way to go for a villain in the first season.

Cast wise, Tyler Hoechlin (Clark) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois) are what make the show work. They step into the big roles with ease and have great chemistry together. They are also much better here than they were in the crossover episodes. Other highlights include Alex Garfin as Jordan and Wole Parks as John Henry Irons. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.20:1 1080p. How do the episodes look? The transfers are crystal clear.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do the episodes sound? The 5.1 track really packs a punch (especially during action heavy sequences).

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “Superman And Lois: Legacy Of Hope”- A 19 minute featurette that covers the character of Superman and this new series. Cast, crew and DC employee interviews are included.
* The 2020 DC FanDome Panel for “Superman And Lois.” Jim Lee hosts this nearly 28 minute panel with writer Todd Helbing and cast members Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch.
* “Superman: Alien Spirit”- A 9 minute extra about the Superman family.
* “Never Alone: Heroes And Allies.” – A 20 minute extra about the heroes and allies of the DC TV series.

October 22, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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