The CW‘s upcoming Arrowverse series Superman & Lois has found its new General Samuel Lane in Blue Bloods actor Dylan Walsh.
According to Deadline, Walsh will star in the DC television show as a series regular alongside Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, who play Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. Walsh replaces Glenn Morshower, who played General Lane in the first season of Supergirl (the only season to air on CBS before the show moved to The CW). This news follows earlier reports that The CW was looking to recast the character for Superman & Lois.
Created by Robert Bernstein and Kurt Schaffenberger, Samuel Lane — the father of intrepid reporter Lois — first appeared in 1959’s Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #13. The character is often depicted as a ruthless military general with a deep resentment for Superman, completely unaware that the Man of Steel is actually his own son-in-law, Clark Kent.
In The CW‘s Supergirl — which originally took place on Earth-38 — Morshower‘s General Lane held strong anti-alien views, viewing even Superman as a potential threat to the United States. Supergirl introduced Hoechlin‘s Superman in its second season, before Tulloch‘s Lois was brought into the fold during the “Elseworlds” crossover event. It remains to be seen if the character being recast with Walsh has anything to do with the subsequent, status quo-altering “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover.
Superman & Lois was ordered straight-to-series by The CW back in January, with pre-production still underway for the DCTV series. The CW‘s Superman & Lois is developed by Todd Helbing and stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch. The new Arrowverse series is expected to debut during the 2020-21 TV season.