The Season 2 premiere of Superman & Lois drops a bombshell by introducing the Man of Steel’s deadliest enemy.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “What Lies Beneath,” the Superman & Lois Season 2 premiere.
In the Season 2 premiere of Superman & Lois, Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) had to iron out domestic issues with Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) after the arrival of Natalie (Tyler Buck). As usual, the drama on the Kent farm, compounded by teenage sons going through the angst of high school romance, kept Kal-El on his toes, but while he persevered and emerged on top again, the final scene dropped a bombshell by introducing the Man of Steel’s deadliest enemy.
This is none other than Doomsday, who briefly appeared in Smallville’s Shuster Mines. Throughout the episode, Clark had been experiencing headaches and his powers fritzing out, leaving the Man of Steel worried, but not at all prepared for what his issues foreshadowed.
These headaches affected him in the field, especially when earthquakes began rocking the small town as work resumed in the mines. As the premiere ended, Clark heard rumbling with his super-hearing, but ignored it to go back inside with the family. In the final shot, however, as the camera panned down into the rocky rubble, a gloved hand punched through, evoking “The Death of Superman” comic event. It was a scary homage to when Doomsday punched through his metal casket after the Kryptonian weapon crashed on Earth.
Showrunner Todd Helbing has confirmed it is Doomsday and he’ll be coming for Superman in the next couple of episodes. Doomsday, created by Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern in 1992, has been essential to Superman lore, appearing in many comics, cartoons and video games as a genetic beast that adapts with the sole purpose of killing Kryptonians, especially Kal-El.
Unfortunately, his live-action representation thus far hasn’t been met with unanimous approval, with Smallville’s low-budget depicting him as a badly-designed Hulk inside Davis Bloome. Visually, it didn’t get better in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, although his rampage was an action spectacle that would lead to Kal-El’s death. Syfy’s Krypton had a better balance of his aggression and look, but it lacked impact by the show not having Kal-El in the story set years before on his homeworld.
This Arrowverse appearance, though, is teeming with potential for a few reasons other than the show being pretty solid with CGI. Firstly, Doomsday’s presence in the mines could have been powering the X-Kryptonite used by Tal-Rho (Kal’s brother) to bring new Kryptonians to life last season. Others who got infected, such as Tag, may be linked to the behemoth as well, which could give Doomsday a superhuman army or possibly, ‘children.’
Secondly, seeing as the X-Kryptonite was used by Tal for his Eradicator weapon and the energy from it almost killed Superman, Doomsday and Kal may now be intrinsically linked. Lastly, if Doomsday does indeed take the Man of Steel out, the show could work a spin on “The Reign of Superman,” with an imprisoned Tal possibly getting another shot as a more heroic Eradicator, not to mention Jordan can officially be transformed into Superboy, and John into Steel to honor Superman.
It’ll also be interesting how the series reconciles this upcoming brawl. On Supergirl, prior to “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” it was hinted Kal defeated Doomsday already. Ultimately, while fans wait to see what’s changed and what lies ahead in this streamlined universe, what’s for sure is Doomsday will have the advantage as Superman’s vulnerable and Earth’s other lines of defence don’t seem equipped to combat such a monstrous threat.
Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW.
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