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

Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch repeat their functions from “Supergirl” as the title characters, with the wrinkle that they’re raising 14-year-old twins who might or might not follow in father’s high-flying steps.

Called for their 2 paternal grandpas, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin) are as various as they might be — the previous an easy-going jock with the world relatively set out for him, the latter distressed and filled with insecurities.

Kent household characteristics are quickly checked, nevertheless, when Superman/Clark should take a trip house to Kansas, reconnecting with, to name a few, his high-school flame Lana Lang (“Entourage’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui), herself wed with a teenage child (Inde Navarrette). It distributes absolutely nothing to state Clark discovers a factor to remain and leave City behind, in spite of the toll on the kids and the obstacle to Lois’ profession as a star press reporter at the Daily World.

Naturally, there likewise should be a shadowy danger, one with the power to put Superman to the test, whose intentions quite rapidly end up being clear. There’s likewise 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 making significant inroads in television (OK, streaming), DC appears to have recognized a need to up its game a bit, and the first two episodes of “Superman & Lois” (starting with an extra-long premiere) feature abundant and pretty impressive special effects. “Male of Steel” it isn’t, but the image of Superman hovering in the sky remains impressive, serving notice that the show plans to treat the 84-year-old character with the respect that 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 and Tulloch have nailed their iconic roles, and the younger contingent appears well cast as they add a “Dawson’s Creek” touch of teen angst to the proceedings.

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

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

Based on first impressions, though, “Superman & Lois” rises to that challenge. The question is 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.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.