Superman & Lois debuted Tuesday evening on The CW and the newest DC Comics-inspired collection to hitch the community’s related Arrowverse of reveals did not simply supply followers a brand new tackle the long-lasting titular characters by providing a narrative set across the challenges they face as working dad and mom attempting to juggle their skilled duties in addition to their teenage sons. The collection premiere additionally arrange new villains for Superman and Lois to tackle and whereas Morgan Edge was established as being the form of company evil for the collection, a mysterious character referred to as The Stranger additionally factored in. However as for who The Stranger actually is, that is a thriller that followers acquired not less than some concept of within the collection premiere, although his identification could supply extra questions than solutions.
Spoilers for the collection premiere of Superman & Lois beneath. Learn on provided that you actually wish to know.
Early on within the episode, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) responds to an imminent meltdown at a nuclear energy plant and shortly discovers that the injury that set off the near-catastrophic occasion was man-made and deliberate, although who particularly was behind it was a thriller. It is quickly established that this isn’t the primary problem at a nuclear facility and, later, a message for Superman is found at one of many websites. Written in Kryptonian, the entity behind the occasions declares that “Kal-El” isn’t any hero making it clear that whoever it’s, he is aware of loads about Superman.
Later, Superman heads off to a different nuclear facility and The Stranger (Wole Parks) is ready for him. Clad in an armored and powered go well with, The Stranger declared that his world was additionally destroyed and clearly has some main beef with Kryptonians. After some chase and a struggle through which The Stranger stabs Superman with Kryptonite — don’t be concerned, Superman saves himself on the final second — the mysterious adversary retreats to what seems to be a big ship tucked away within the mountains or someplace chilly. When he walks in, his A.I. calls him by title: Captain Luthor.
For any Superman fan, the Luthor title immediately rings bells. Lex Luthor is, after all of the villain most tied to Superman. Nevertheless, the Arrowverse already has a Lex Luthor as performed by Jon Cryer on Supergirl, and the final time we noticed him he was not solely thought-about by the plenty to be a “good man” but in addition wasn’t claiming to be from one other world. Or a captain of something besides, possibly, business. So, who’s Captain Luthor? That is an space of Superman & Lois that, for the second, seems to be charting a little bit of its personal path away from comics however that does not imply that there aren’t some prospects as to who this mysterious man could possibly be.
If the Captain Luthor title is actual and never a pink herring, it is virtually sure that whoever this Luthor is, he is from one other Earth, and given Disaster on Infinite Earths, that is an actual chance. In Disaster, the multiverse was destroyed and whereas it was reborn, Earth-Prime is not conscious that different Earths had been reborn as nicely. And, as we noticed on Supergirl, there are these on this new Earth-Prime who know they’re from one other world. This Captain Luthor could possibly be one such refugee of kinds, one with an axe to grind towards Superman.
If he’s from one other Earth, visually-speaking we may be getting a model of comics’ Alexander Luthor, Sr. from Earth-3. That character, who was created by Geoff Johns and David Finch and first appeared in Justice League Vol. 2 #23 in 2013, has one thing of an armored-looking look and whereas not an ideal match, could also be somebody the collection is adapting. Of specific curiosity, even when this can be a Lex Luthor (or Alexander Luthor) from one other Earth, it’s the first time Lex Luthor has been portrayed as a Black man on live-action tv.
Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.