Saving the multiverse a “dozen years later”

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It goes without saying that anticipation is high for this years super heroic filled crossover event on the CW.

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” has listed a number of iconic veteran actors from past shows and movies long thought forgotten by the entertainment continuity.

Spearheading the roster of legacy actors reprising iconic roles are not only men of steel from the past, but significant scribes of justice and hope as well.

“Superman Returns” actor Brandon Routh will be taking to the skies again as Superman and “Smallville’s” Erica Durance and Tom Welling will be returning to their former roles as Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

“Supergirl’s” Elizabeth Tulloch and Tyler Hoechlin will also be returning to the CW for this years “Crisis.”


Tom Welling’s evolution of Clark Kent inspired thousands of fans but the legendary leaps from Lois Lane towards her journalistic destiny still sets the standards for the characters core values.

In Smallville, Erica Durance’s Lois Lane started working for the Daily Planet in the fall of 2007. When contemplating on whether or not she should scoop her cousin, Chloe Sullivan, then Managing Editor, Grant Gabriel advised that Lane should seriously reconsider. 

“In a dozen years, you’ll either be Lois Lane, star reporter whose name is synonymous with the Daily Planet, or Lois fill-in-the-blank, married to an insurance adjuster in the sticks, with four kids and 40 extra pounds. You won’t be able to look at a newspaper because it will always remind you of what could’ve been.”

-Grant Gabriel, 2007 Managing Editor of the Daily Planet

Ironically enough, a dozen years after Lois’ initial Daily Planet kick-off, Erica Durance will be pridefully reprising her role of the character on “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

Check out the starkly ironic tone of destiny in the video bellow.

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image.pngWhat’s happened since Smallville ended?

After Superman made his first public appearance pushing the planet Apokolips out of Earths orbit in Metropolis, he met some similarly iconic friends.

In a series of heroics across the globe, Lois and Clark were introduced to Batman, Nightwing, Wonder Woman, the Teen Titans and so many more. Basically, the floodgates of meta-humans was opened and nothing was ever the same.

In the years that followed Superman’s origin story, Smallville’s Lois and Clark adapted similarly to that of their classic comic book inspirations. Lois rose in the ranks of the Daily Planet and Superman soared to be the worlds greatest protector.

In late September Erica Durance shared a photo posing with costar Tom Welling in front of the iconic Kent Barn on the Smallville family farm. In that universe the forever fiancés finally tied the knot in 2018 and Lex Luthor became the president of the United States the same year. Since the announcement of Durance’s and Welling’s return to the CW, some fans have been holding out hope for the couple to be parents.


Brandon Routh as Superman. Photo by Jordon Nuttall/The CW 

Brandon Routh’s big break in acting began when he was cast as Superman/Clark Kent in the reboot that brought Kal-El back to the big screen after decades of absence.

In an Art Deco Metropolis based within a universe rooted in the world of “Superman: The Movie,” The Man of Tomorrow finds himself lost and confused after a five year hiatus in space.

In the movie, the Man of Steel returns to find Lois Lane involved in domestic bliss with Perry White’s nephew, Richard. It’s also discovered that Lois and Richard are raising a child together.

The man of tomorrow also learns of the chaotic carnage left in his noticeable absence’s wake and spends most of his time making up for lost heroics.

After thwarting Lex Luthor’s terror-formation of earth, Superman discovered a huge and  complicated lasting connection to Lois and her family. Lois’ son, Jason, is also his own.

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What happened after Superman returned?

It has been confirmed that Routh’s Superman will be that of the “Kingdom Come” caliber. In this new Kingdom Come inspired universe, Clark is the Editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet and all those he had previously loved, if sticking to the root inspiration, are presumably dead or gone. This would include Kate Bosworth’s Lois Lane.

Besides that, not much is known about this version of Superman. The status of his and Lois’ son, Jason, is also unknown.



During the CW’s last crossover event, Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane) and Tyler Hoechlin (Superman) graced our screen with great #clois scenes. The duo not only got engaged at the end of the crossover, but they also announced that they’re leaving the planet for “New Krypton” because they were expecting.

Now, a year later, the couple will be returning to earth with a new baby in tow. It’s not confirmed on whether this baby will be Jon or not, but a child resulted from the love between the first couple of DC Comics is always exciting to see.


The five part crossover will first air in December, with the final two chapters taking place post winter hiatus in Jan. 2020. The full schedule is below. Some shows will premiere on special nights:

  • Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
  • The Flash: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Arrow: Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8 p.m.
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Tuesday, Jan 14. at 9 p.m.

Featured photo courtesy Warner Bros. 

Zack Benz

Zack Benz has been a fan of the Daily Planet since he was eight years old. The Daily Planet has always been a beacon of hope for him and it’s his life’s mission to make it shine in a similar light to so many around the world. Zack graduated with a degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019.

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