‘Superman & Lois’ review: The Man of Steel flies back to his ‘Smallville’ roots on the CW

Tyler Hoechlin along with Elizabeth Tulloch reprise their roles coming from “Supergirl” as the title characters, with the wrinkle in which they’re raising 14-year-old twins who may or may not follow in dad’s high-flying footsteps.

Named for their two paternal grandfathers, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) along with Jordan (Alexander Garfin) are as different as they could be — the former an easy-going jock with the planet seemingly laid out for him, the latter troubled along with filled with self-doubts.

Kent family dynamics are soon tested, however, when Superman/Clark must travel home to Kansas, reconnecting with, among others, his high-school flame Lana Lang (“Entourage’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui), herself married that has a teenage daughter (Inde Navarrette). in which gives away nothing to say Clark finds a reason to stay along with leave Metropolis behind, despite the toll on the boys along with the challenge to Lois’ career as a star reporter at the Daily Planet.

Naturally, there also must be a shadowy threat, one with the power to put Superman to the test, whose motives pretty quickly become clear. There’s also an oily billionaire, Morgan Edge (“Tyrant’s Adam Rayner), for the purposes of the drama occupying the traditional Lex Luthor role, the kind of fellow who could give ruthless moguls a bad name.

With Marvel doing significant inroads in television (OK, streaming), DC appears to have recognized a need to up its game a bit, along with the first two episodes of “Superman & Lois” (starting with an extra-long premiere) feature abundant along with pretty impressive special effects. “Man of Steel” in which isn’t, nevertheless the image of Superman hovering inside the sky remains impressive, serving notice in which the show plans to treat the 84-year-old character with the respect in which he’s due.

The disclaimer, inevitably, involves how well the producers (under Greg Berlanti’s DC-Warner Bros. factory, sister WarnerMedia units of CNN, with Todd Helbing running the show) can sustain the various plot threads. On the plus side, Hoechlin along with Tulloch have nailed their iconic roles, along with the younger contingent appears well cast as they add a “Dawson’s Creek” touch of teen angst to the proceedings.

Superman along with Batman remain the crown jewels of DC’s stable, along with the former’s uneven screen history over the last few decades ranges coming from “Lois & Clark” inside the 1990s to “Smallville” (which signed off a decade ago) to in which century’s solo theatrical revival efforts “Superman Returns” along with “Man of Steel.”

Simply put, in which’s a tough character to get right, along with the CW’s superhero dramas haven’t always aged well, even after promising debuts. Introducing “Friday Night Lights”-type tiny-town domestic concerns only adds weight to what’s already a pretty hefty lift.

Based on first impressions, though, “Superman & Lois” rises to in which challenge. The question will be after a polished liftoff whether they can keep things on their initial flight path.

“Superman & Lois” premieres Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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