Following the Superman & Lois season 2 finale confirming it is not set in the main Arrowverse world, the show is facing strong backlash.
Following the Superman & Lois season 2 finale confirming it is not set in the main Arrowverse world, the show is facing strong backlash. Since Superman & Lois premiered in 2021, it was presumed that the show was set on Earth-Prime with the rest of the Arrowverse. While Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch started on Supergirlwhich was originally set on Earth-38, Crisis on Infinite Earths made the point to merge all the shows onto the same Earth. Throughout Superman & Lois season 1, there were allusions to its place in the Arrowverse, including appearances by Arrow’s John Diggle.
As the lack of Arrowverse references or cameos became questioned by viewers, Superman & Lois boss Todd Helbing promised the end of season 2 would answer those questions. Helbing had stated that the end of Superman & Lois season 2 would explain how the show fits into the Arrowverse. However, the final episode of Superman & Lois’ sophomore season came with a different conclusion. Despite previous evidence to suggest otherwise, Superman & Lois season 2episode 15, titled “Waiting for Superman,” confirmed once and for all that it is not, in fact, set on Earth-Prime.
While it will be at least six months before Superman & Lois season 3 premieres, where they may expand upon this reveal, the twist has caused a strong reaction on social media. Following the airing of the Superman & Lois season 2 finale, a lot of fans have responded with frustrations about the decision not to have the show take place on Earth-Prime. Coming from a strong, vocal group of viewers, but also general Arrowverse fans, here are several responses about the Superman & Lois finale and it taking place in a different universe.
No need to watch it if it’s not connected. Two seasons of waiting for connections for THAT? Not happy #SupermanAndLois! At all!
— A Geek and His Boredom (@banwell_simon) June 29, 2022
You can’t have John Diggle show up AND mention Oliver and tell me that it’s not a part of the Arrowverse. It doesn’t make sense. #SupermanAndLois
— Henny Klay (@vibesbyluxury) June 29, 2022
Wait, did General Lane confirmed that Superman And Lois was not set in The Arrowverse?! But what about Diggle or the showrunner’s comment?! #SupermanAndLois
– Kevin (@ KevinTalks12) June 29, 2022
So I guess now the only chance of seeing Melissa Benoist reprise Supergirl again is if they get her on #TheFlash … #SupermanAndLois is confirmed a different earth where she apparently doesn’t exist, and every other Arrowverse show has ended / been cancelled.
Not happy. pic.twitter.com/UUX0ZMG2Ei
— Alex Monroe (@TimeToHunt1) June 29, 2022
Omg 😭 they just confirmed that this Superman is not connected to the Superman we know in the arrowverse #SupermanAndLois
— Michael (@Mike_Connellyy) June 29, 2022
The #SupermanAndLois call about the #Arrowverse is not really that surprising, and I am certain it’s just because they decided the gas is running out of the shared universe and the CW, but they want the show to keep going. Not a great call if you ask me, limits the show a bit.
— Joshua M. Patton (@JoshuaMPatton) June 29, 2022
The Superman and Lois finale sucked,and what a terrible decision not making it part of the arrowverse, what a spit in the face of what has been built over 10 years.They should be doing crossovers with the flash. The fight withAlly was a let down and no big set up #SupermanAndLois
— MARCUS (@marcus_9631) June 29, 2022
Superman & Lois is an Arrowverse show but it’s not on Earth-Prime?
That doesn’t make any fucking sense, Crisis On Infinite Earths literally confirmed the Earths merged. Also didn’t Diggle literally mention the Crisis event when he appeared on S&L?
DC is so fucking dumb. 😭
— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) June 29, 2022
It’s worth noting that while there are a big group of Superman & Lois fans who don’t like the decision, there are some who are also in favor of it. But the frustration makes sense for a lot of reasons. Since 2012, the Arrowverse has been a massively popular franchise for The CW, as the interconnected franchise kept adding in more DC heroes and villains. As The CW had several DC TV shows going at the same time, it also built a foundation for the annual crossovers before the global COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to it for the time being. Since The Flash season 9 will be the only other Arrowverse show to return in 2023, the franchise is definitely smaller now than ever.
Even though Superman & Lois may not be on Earth-Prime, it doesn’t mean the Man of Steel couldn’t appear on The Flash in season 9. The Arrowverse used to have to do Multiverse crossovers with Supergirl when it was set on Earth-38 prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths. But it is also worth remembering that there are still Clark and Lois doppelgangers on Earth-Prime, still played by Hoechlin and Tulloch. Depending on what either shows are doing next seasons, perhaps there will be a crossover of some kind, especially if The Flash season 10 doesn’t end up happening after season 9.
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