The second season finale of Superman & Lois finally answered the question that fans have been wondering regarding its connection to the Arrowverse. As it turns out, as mentioned briefly by Sam Lane in the middle of the episode, the show is NOT part of the Arrowverse Earth-Prime and it is set on its own Earth where Superman is the only superhero that exists.
The revelation caused a variety of reactions amongst fans with some of them accepting the show being on its own while there are also some that are disappointed that it is not connected with the other Arrowverse shows, especially since Superman has appeared in previous crossovers with the other heroes.
In a recent interview with TVLine, Superman & Lois showrunner Todd Helbing addressed the show's decision of not being part of Arrowverse's Earth-Prime in which he revealed that it was supposed to be connected with the other Arrowverse shows at the beginning but, after several discussions with Warner Bros. and DC, they decided to have it set in its own universe instead.
"From Day 1, there were questions of how we were connected to the Arrowverse. If you go back to the first script that got sent to Warner Brothers and DC, it had a lot of references to other heroes like The Flash," Helbing said. "There were moments when we were shooting, and I think I’ve said this before, but there was a photo of Kara on Lois’ desk at the Daily Planet. All of that stuff got slowly pulled out, and the more we did that, the more it became a can of worms to even mention it."
Helbing also explained why they decided to address the show's Arrowverse connection now despite knowing the answer ever since the first season.
"DC and I had a conversation during Season 1, and the decision [to keep Superman & Lois separate] was made then, but I couldn’t make it public until the end of this season," he said. "So when I got all these questions [in previous interviews], I knew what we were doing, but I could never talk about it. It got a little frustrating on my end, but I totally understand DC’s position. So this put that to rest. I’ve said from the beginning that we want to put our own stamp on the Superman property. This wasn’t meant to alienate us from the Arrowverse, but because a lot of the other shows are sadly no longer going to be on the air, it felt like the right thing to do."
Regarding John Diggle's appearance in the season finale, Helbing clarified that it's not the same one that we saw in the main Arrowverse shows. "This is also a new Diggle," he confirmed. "David Ramsey had grown a beard and grew his hair out. He called me and said, ‘I’ve been growing my hair, I look different. Do you want me to shave and get a haircut?’ So not to add more confusion to it, but he’s a different Diggle."
For some fans, it might be disappointing to hear that the show is not officially connected to the other Arrowverse shows and it also puts down the possibility of any crossovers in the future. However, on the bright side, the show could now stand on its own and they can have more opportunities in telling a great individual story as they no longer have to connect with the other shows.
The second season of Superman & Lois will start streaming on HBO Max on July 29.
The third season is expected to air early next year on The CW.