The Arrowverse Finds Its Lois Lane

Entertainment Weekly reported this morning that actress Elizabeth Tulloch (NBC’s Grimm) has been cast as world-renowned reporter Lois Lane. She’s set to appear in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, though it is as of yet unclear in what capacity. The only thing that’s confirmed is that Tyler Hoechlin will be right there alongside her, reprising his role as Clark Kent, and that we can expect more journalism than ever before.

That’s definitely something to get excited about, as The Flash and Supergirl combined will boast 6 reporters in their midst come crossover time. Why not put Iris, Kara and Lois in a room together and have them seek some truth and justice together? As for Tulloch herself, she made a touching instagram post about her casting and proved that she understands the supposed dichotomy of Lois as a career woman and a romantic heroine. She’s also had to deal with fandom hatred before, as her character Juliet on Grimm was often criticized for daring to oppose the actions of men around her as well as for being lied to by her loved ones – which means she’s so stranger to some of the struggles that other Arrowverse actresses have gone through. Hopefully the Arrowverse allows her the room to bring this truly modern woman to life for more than just a week.

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Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment: I am so excited (thank you Warner Brothers, the CW, DC Comics, @gberlanti, @davidrapaport, Jessica Queller et al) to be playing the iconic Lois Lane on the Arrowverse crossover episodes. And I can’t wait to work with my friend @dpanabaker and of course @tylerhoechlin 😉 When I started acting, one of my teachers asked me to watch the screen tests for the role of Lois Lane for 1978’s Superman. All of the actresses were terrific, but it was always clear to me why Margot Kidder won the role: she seemed lit from within, full of joie de vivre. Now, at a time when the noble profession of journalism feels under siege, it’s a privilege to join the club of actresses who have played the dogged reporter. As far back as 1938 when she first appeared in Action Comics #1, Lois Lane has defied and subverted society’s expectations of how women should behave. She was portrayed as opinionated, inquisitive, and an unapologetically badass career woman at a time when many representations of women leaned more towards meek and demure. One of the reasons the character has remained so compelling for the last 80 years is that she has all these formidable, strong-willed qualities, but she’s also vulnerable, romantic, and feminine. A truly modern woman. ❤️

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In other crossover news, TVLine announced that Stephen Amell’s wife, actress Cassandra Jean Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries. Known best as the wife of Mr. Freeze, her casting certainly paints a picture of what to expect this year. It makes sense to introduce Mr. Freeze as a villain, given that he’s one of Batman’s best-known foes and this event is meant to welcome Batwoman to this universe. Of course, it might be even cooler – excuse the pun – if it is his wife who is the primary villain this time around.

The Arrowverse crossover starts on Sunday, December 9th with The Flash, followed by Arrow on Monday, and ends with Supergirl on Tuesday. All three shows will air at 9/8c on their respective dates.