Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season 1 (2005): “From Rivals to Romance: The Making of “Lois & Clark"”

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1

Title: “From Rivals to Romance: The Making of “Lois & Clark””

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 2005

Publisher: ABC

7 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Superman Superman (Clark Kent) hero
CBR Scale: S Methodist / Kryptonian religion
Kryptonians; Super Friends...  DC 13,409
Lois Lane Lois Lane supporting character
CBR Scale: I Catholic
Raleigh College
[Superman's girlfriend, then wife]
DC 3,859
Jimmy Olsen Jimmy Olsen supporting character hero
CBR Scale: I Lutheran
The Legion of Super-Heroes
[Superman's pal]
DC 1,896
Perry White Perry White supporting character clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: S Baptist; Elvis worship (ordained)
[Superman's (Clark Kent's) boss; Daily Planet editor] DC 1,574
Jonathan Kent Jonathan Kent supporting character
CBR Scale: S Methodist
[Superman's adoptive father] DC 816
Martha Kent Martha Kent supporting character
CBR Scale: S Methodist
[Superman's adoptive mother] DC 827
Lex Luthor Lex Luthor villain scientist
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian (lapsed); Nietzschean atheist
Injustice League; Secret Six...  DC 1,508

The featurette (or documentary) titled "From Rivals to Romance: The Making of 'Lois & Clark'" was published as part of the Special Features section on Disc 6 of the Lois & Clark Season 1 boxed set.

Timecode: 1 minute, 42 seconds:

Deborah Joy Levine: I wanted to do things that hadn't been done before, but on the other hand, oh my Lord, there were so many fans that wanted me to be true to it. I wanted to make it more of a dual between good and evil, and that love wins out.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 1 minute, 59 seconds:

John Shea (actor who plays Lex Luthor): Our comic book writers, Siegel and Shuster, tapped into the collective unconscience that had given us the Greek gods, and now are giving us a god from Krypton.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 2 minutes, 13 seconds:

Dean Cain (actor who plays Clark Kent/Superman): Here is this strange visitor from another planet who is blessed with more gifts, more physical ability and these gifts that no human being could have. He could-- If he was evil he'd have run the world in an evil way.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 2 minutes, 24 seconds:

Mike Carlin (Editor, D.C. Comics): Superman has always been about what you do with what you have. And if you try to do good, you're Superman. And if you do bad, you're Lex Luthor.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 2 minutes, 33 seconds:

[Scene from the Lois & Clark TV series is shown:]

Lex Luthor: Superman has morals. He has ethics. He's unrelentingly good. Because of that, I will win.

Timecode: 2 minutes, 43 seconds:

Deborah Joy Levine: He's constantly wrestling with who he is. He never actually grew up on Krypton. He was raised by human parents. And yet, he knew that he had a greater duty to put on the suit and to save humankind.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 2 minutes, 57 seconds:

Dean Cain: To me it just seems so clear that it was about Clark. And Clark was the character and he created this other person, Superman, so he could go and fight for truth, justice and the American way.

Timecode: 5 minutes, 14 seconds:

Deborah Joy Levine: In the Fifties, she [Lois Lane] was sort of like the women in old Westerns that are sitting there going, "Oh, God! Why can't I be saved?!" I didn't want to do that. I wanted her to be an astute businesswoman. I wanted her to be smart. I wanted just to make her a great modern woman. She doesn't go up and say "Excuse me, Mr. Kent, would you mind coming with me?" while the building is burning next door. No. She says, "You! Let's hit it!" . . . I also wanted her to have a lousy social life, so I was sort of making a commentary that, okay, so she's worked herself up to the top and now what does she have. Now she's alone in her apartment dreaming of a man in a cape.

Timecode: 8 minuts, 9 seconds:

Terri Hatcher (actress who plays Lois Lane): You know, part of Lois's secret identity is that she's not presenting her true self, either. She's this "I've got it all handled. I can do everything." and, you know, "I'm in control." Where, inside, she's really just a lonely, needy, "I need to be loved" person.

Dean Cain: She is someone a little bit different on the inside than she portrays on the outside, which is all the same things that Clark is, and maybe he understands her having to put on her rough exterior to protect that inside softness.

Timecode: 10 minutes, 17 seconds:

[Title card: "Lex Luthor: The Mask of Evil"]

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

[Scene from the pilot episode is shown:]

Lex Luthor: I must confess that I love the fact that everyone in the city has to look up in order to see me.

John Shea: What makes Lex Luthor so unique? What makes him so great? And, what would a modern interpretation of this be?

[Scene excerpt:]

Lois Lane: Clark, can't you give up this idea that Lex Luthor is the root of all evil in Metropolis?

Clark Kent: Why should I give it up, Lois? It's true.

Deborah Joy Levine: What makes Luthor a worthy opponent to Superman is that Luthor is a man who has no conscience. And who is evil personified. And who doesn't care who has to die or what has to happen to the world in order for him to win.

John Shea: The most chilling people that I have met were people who did not appear to be evil, but in fact they cloaked their villainy cleverly.

Robert Singer (Executive Producer): Most of your Lex Luthors in the past were not romantic leads. John is very handsome, romantic, erudite. So he brought something to the villainous part of Lex Luthor that hadn't been seen before.

John Shea: A guy who's worth countless billions dollars would have figured out how to cure his baldness. If you can't figure out that how're you gonna beat Superman? I mean, that's like a minor problem.

Timecode: 12 minutes, 29 seconds:

John Shea: He [Lex Luthor] is driven by unconscious appetites. And the minute those appetites are satisfied, he needs more. And he's bored out of his mind. Until this guy in tights flies in with a cape and lands on his balcony. And he takes one look at this guy and he's thrilled! He feels it inside. He knows he's got something, purpose, something to challenge him. An adversary. "At last!" he says, "Let the games begin."

Deborah Joy Levine: Lex Luthor's persona of this incredibly rich, handsome billionaire that people didn't know that he was an evil man, was great because he could be someone that, potentially, could sweep Lois off her feet.

Lex Luthor: His subconscious armor is penetrated by her beauty, not just her physical beauty, there's something else about her. And she touches something in his human side.

Lois Lane: As a woman, I think it's a fairly honest feeling to think that you're pulled by fantasy of someone taking care of you, and the suaveness of that, and the charisma of that, and the glamor of that. So it was a terrific place for Lois to go back and forth from, genuinely not knowing that Lex was really a deeply bad guy. It's the perfect pieces of a romantic puzzle.

Timecode: 14 minutes, 20 seconds:

Deborah Joy Levine: I felt it was important for Clark Kent slash Superman to have parents, to need guidance. I wanted us to see the human side of him, where he came from. And I wanted him to have parents that he could call home to.

Robert Singer: They're very grounded, and not in any way cartoonish. And they were portrayed as these very, sort of, understanding, loving parents who came from Smallville and had this simple life, always with sage advice, but sort of homespun.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Eddie Jones (actor who plays Jonathan Kent): Obviously somewhere along the line we were trying to children and weren't able to do it. And out of the sky comes this wonderful creature, and he was a blessing to us. And so we raised him in the American ideals. And we wanted to be perfect. And he was.

Deborah Joy Levine: I was hipping the whole thing up. I wanted it to be more modern. I wanted to have a modern take on it.

Timecode: 17 minutes, 0 seconds:

Tracy Scoggins (actress who plays Cat Grant): You know, you see a cat, and I think they're some of the only mammals that will kill when they're not hungry. And that's how she was. You know, a cat will torture a lizard and bite the tail off and then laugh. And I think that's sort of how she [Cat Grant] was.

Source: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 (2005).

Timecode: 17 minutes, 37 seconds:

Dean Cain: There was a great contrast between Cat Grant and Lois Lane, pulling back [and forth]. Cat was all sexuality and Lois Lane, you know: Heavy-duty straight career woman. She sort of put her sexuality on hold . . . It was great with the push and pull between those characters. Even regarding Clark, how Lois would sort of blow him off, and then Cat would find him interesting.

Producer: [Speaking about Perry White] He's very real with his Southern background, whatever it is that we hear, with his sound. And that immediately begins to soften him slightly, makes him accessible. So with that sound and that demeanor he can be tough. He can be gritty, gutty, difficult, haughty boss. He can do all that, and still not be grating.

Timecode: 21 minutes, 1 second:

Deborah Joy Levine: Because Lane Smith was from the South, I didn't want him saying, "Great Caesar's Ghost" So I came up with "Great Shades of Elvis." And I made him an Elvis fan, and in fact, in one episode, he dresses up as Elvis, and he actually sings an Elvis song.

John Shea: [quoting Perry White from the show] "Great Shades of Elvis!" And, you know, he's from Memphis, I think. He is got [sic] that Southern charm that he, you know, brought to bare on the part that nobody else could have done like that.