Review: Superman & Lois - Season 3
After years of facing supervillains, monsters and alien invaders, the world's most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent and comic books' famed journalist Lois Lane come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever -- dealing with being working parents in today's society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois worry about whether their sons, Jonathan and Jordan, could inherit their father's Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang and her Fire Chief husband, Kyle Cushing. The adults aren't the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle's rebellious daughter, Sarah. Of course, there's never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois' father, Gen. Samuel Lane looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment's notice.
Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Alex Garfin, and Michael Bishop
The series that has done more justice to the character than the past 10 years of DC movies, 'Superman & Lois' delivered a remarkable 3rd season that sets up unlimited potential for the final 10 episode arc that's been announced.
Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch deliver the best dynamic between Lois and Clark to date. 2 characters that are by each other's side no matter what and embody true love. Lois's cancer arc is easily one of the most unique and risky things DC has done in years and it works perfectly. It's not rushed, and it's not underplayed cancer truly is a main villain this season.
On the Superman side, he has a lot going on in this season. Bruno Mannheim, Lex Luthor, and an incredible surprise in the finale, this season balances the superhero and family aspects better than before. While the Mannheim arc was a little lackluster, it has some unique elements and how they use it to set up Luthor is fantastic and feels very natural and not forced.
The biggest issue this show suffers from is too many characters. While its been confirmed that many roles will be reduced to recurring next season, you can't help but notice how forced they can be during this season. Every character has an arc and plays a purpouse but there's times you won't see them for episodes or they will be forced in where they don't need to be just because of their contracts.
Another issue that the show cant get passed is the character of Jordan. While Alex Garfin does a great job in his role, the moody teenager arc has gotten annoying and needs to end for next season. There's always some forced conflict with him and his parents that you cant help but hope a supervillain knocks some sense into him. On the other side, his brother Jonathan actually had one of the better arcs this season by trying to become his own person outside of superman's shadow. While the actor switch seemed to be quite unexpected, after episode 2 I completely forgot and sometimes thought that newcomer Michael Bishop gave a better performance than his predecessor.
While the entire season was strong, the final 2 episode arc with Lex Luthor is what Superman fans have been waiting for years. Michael Cudlitz is fearsome and powerful in all of his scenes and paris very well next to this version of Superman. Now that he's been promoted to a season regular for season 4 and given how this season ends, there's no doubt that next year we will see Superman and Lex go head to head with a lot more than their words.