DC fans just can’t catch a break!! First comes word that the CW got sold, leaving the future of Superman & Lois, beyond the upcoming season 3, in question. This is my favorite show! And now comes word that Jordan Elsass, who played Jonathan Kent in season 1 & 2, won’t be returning for season 3, which begins shooting in a couple of weeks!!! Yikes! He was my favorite of the two brothers, even without super powers.
No details were given about why Elsass is leaving, sighting only ‘personal reasons’.
So now, Superman & Lois’ second son will have to be re-cast, quickly. And you best believe that is going to make things disconcerting when the show returns early next year for season 3. When a new kid is there acting like he’s always been a part of things, when he hasn’t. I mean, the series did a great job making us love the Kent family, maybe too good. So how will that family dynamic change with the casting change?
And this had to happen just when the show hinted that fan-favorite Jonathan Kent would be getting a power boost. In the season 2 finale, Clark told the non-super Jonathan that his Kryptonian Mother’s A.I. in the Fortress Of Solitude had some Kryptonian Tech he might be interested in. Which gave us hope that he’d be getting some kind of abilities that would make him a more active part of the superhero family…. And now some new kid’s gonna get the upgrade. What a rip! I don’t know how I feel about that.
But is this switch-a-roo really all that unprecedented?
In the 1952, Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane on the first season of The Adventures of Superman. Then Noel Neil took over the role for the remaining six years. And in the 1988 Superboy series, they re-cast Superboy himself after season one. John Newton played Clark/Superboy in season one, and then Gerard Christopher took over the role for the remaining 3 seasons. And then, in 1993’s Lois and Clark, Michael Landis played Jimmy Olsen in season one, and then Justin Whalen played Jimmy Olsen for the remaining 3 seasons… So if these Superman TV Shows can make a switch-up and keep going, fingers crossed that Superman & Lois can do it too!