Sofia Hasmik has been cast in The CW’s Superman & Lois as a reporter in the hero’s hometown of Smallville. Hasmik was recently seen in the 2019’s Mad About You reboot as well as the Netflix original film All the Bright Places. Her casting further expands the series’ narrative which will be primarily set in Clark Kent’s hometown of Smallville, rather than the sprawling Metropolis.
It was announced at the recently held DC FanDome that the series—which will be a part of the network’s Arrowverse—sees Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) move to Smallville, along with their two teenage boys, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin) Kent. Set in a post-Crisis world, the family moves following an undisclosed tragic event. Clark re-familiarizes himself with his past life and Lois settles into a whole new world. The series’ premiere comes on the heels of the cancellation of Supergirl, upsetting fans, viewers, and critics alike. Since the pandemic has shut down most productions, the network has had to look for programming other sources.
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There’s much to look forward to, as EW has revealed Sofia Hasmik has been cast in a guest-star role. Hasmik will star as a reporter for the Smallville Gazette, Chrissy Beppo. According to the official character description, Beppo “has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time” as well as being a “go-getter with dreams of bigger and better things.” Starring alongside Hasmik is Emmanuelle Chriqui as Kent’s first love, Lana Lang. Wolé Parks (The Vampire Diaries) also stars as a stranger who disrupts the characters’ lives in their middle-America town.
According to showrunner Todd Helbing, the move to small-town America was based on his own personal experiences. Speaking at the FanDome, Helbing said, “As a father who happens to have two boys, that felt like a really great way to bring in some personal experience [and] just to tell really a story that is as grounded as it can possibly be to have Superman in it.” Following the life-altering events of “Crisis,” Clark and Lois are left with two teenage sons (they started with one toddler). “We really get to lean into Clark and Lois not being Superman and the most famous journalist in the world, but really as parents,” Helbing continued. “What is that like when you have jobs like that?“
The series has parallel narrative elements to issues affecting individuals across the country. Since the 2008 recession, many families have had to move to areas with a lower cost of living. The premise is perfect for Clark and Lois, who have regularly been seen as a stable, nuclear family. However, the couple’s positions in the Arrowverse so far has been a far cry from white picket-fences and packing school lunches, so Superman & Lois promises to show a more relatable side to the power couple.
The series will also no doubt bring a nice change of pace to the network, following a challenging TV season where several productions had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially following Supergirl‘s cancellation, Superman & Lois will be a breath of fresh air once it premieres in January 2021.
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