Last night the CW brought their version of Superman to his own show. Debuting in Supergirl, Tyler Hoechlin has already been Superman for a while in the CW DC Universe, usually referred to as the “Arrowverse” due to the Green Arrow series Arrow being the start, like how Batman: The Animated Series started the DC Animated Universe. This also brings in Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois, who has also played the character in prior shows in this continuity. That’s kind of where the problem starts however. The Arrowverse is a darker take on the DC Universe, something closer to what DiDio was doing with DC when Arrow began. It’s like building a TV universe around the 60’s Batman or the old Adventures Of Superman series. Any further show that might have come out of that would reflect those shows. Look what Batman‘s producers wanted to do with Wonder Woman.
To give the Kents the CW treatment they created a second kid, decided to move the family to Smallville, and give everything the same overcast day except when they want to emphasize something. While I can’t say the show is all bad I do have a lot of issues with it that I’ll be going more into. Suffice it to say that if the show wants to win me over they have some work to do and they’re not off to the best start. There’s a difference between being a good show and a good adaptation. One episode isn’t enough to gauge the former but you can tell the latter is all kinds of wrong. Spoilers to follow.