Superman & Lois: The CW viewers left ‘in tears’ moments into series premiere ‘So sad!’

Superman & Lois: DC release dramatic teaser trailer

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The CW’s Arrowverse continued this week with the long awaited premiere of Superman & Lois. However, the mood among DC fans took a sharp turn when they tuned in on Tuesday and discovered Superman’s human mother Martha Kent (played by Michele Scarabelli) was killed off in the opening minutes of the show’s pilot episode.

The opening episode of the CW’s new superhero drama, Superman & Lois, has prompted an emotional response from fans online.

A spin-off from Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist as fellow Kryptonian Kara Danvers, and the network’s expanded Arrowverse, the new series follows the titular couple as parents.

Following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill, Tyler Hoechlin steps into the role of Superman after his guest appearances throughout the CW’s DC crossovers.

Superman & Lois’ highly anticipated premiere this week was met with anguish from out-spoken fans, who weren’t expecting Superman/Clark Kent’s beloved human mother, Martha, to be killed off in episode one.

Starting the episode by flashing back to Clark’s first meeting with Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) at the Daily Planet, the series then cuts to the present day to reveal Martha had died of a stroke.

The gut-wrenching introduction to the new series was especially tough for comic book fans, as Superman’s origin as a hero is usually set into motion by the death of his adoptive dad, Jonathan.

On Twitter, one fan wrote: “Both Martha and Jonathan Kent … I knew it was coming but in the first episode.”

At the funeral, Clark has an emotional reunion with his old Smallville friend Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and her two daughters.

From there, Clark and Lois decide to move back to Smallville with their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin), before a mysterious figure who may be connected to Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor stabs Clark with Kryptonite.

Fans who have been keeping up with the CW’s DC heroes may have been expecting more light-hearted fare from Superman & Lois’ first outing.

However, it quickly became clear showrunners Todd Helbing and Greg Berlanti weren’t pulling any punches for their updated take on the Superman mythos.

As the first episode aired on Tuesday, reactions poured in on social media as viewers were blindsided by the sudden death of Martha Kent.

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One fan tweeted: “Superman and Lois just made me cry so much. I’m so happy and excited to see more!!”

“Goddamn it!! We’re 15 minutes in and I’m about ready to cry,” said another.

And a third viewer wrote: “A half hour in and this show has made me laugh, cry, and jump off my couch with my hands over my mouth… that’s damn good TV!”

If Superman & Lois’ opening episode is anything to go by, the CW’s latest DC entry is shaping up as a more than worthy successor to parent series Supergirl, which will come to an end this year.

As the series goes on, Clark and Lois will have to adapt to their new lives on the Kents’ farm in Smallville, whilst the mysterious Captain Luthor (Wolé Parks) threatens to expose Superman’s true identity.

The series has already reached over a million viewers in the US, so the CW undoubtedly has another hit on its hands in addition to its continuing series, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman.

It has yet to be confirmed how the series will be available in the UK, though it is speculated Superman & Lois will join its fellow DC shows on Sky One.

Superman & Lois continues Tuesday, March 2 on the CW.

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