Season 2 of Superman & Lois sets in motion a conflict between Superman and a new team of superheroes, and that team may have its roots in the comics.
Season 2 of Arrowverse’s Superman and Lois opens up with a setup of the franchise’s latest superhero team. Since its inception in 2012, Arrowverse has been no stranger to customizing content from the comics, both old and new. Superman and Lois has not been any different in that regard, and season 2 seems to draw on a rather obscure superhero team known as the Supermen of America.
In 1999, Superman was brainwashed by the reality-distorting villain Dominus into believing that he had prophetic visions of the end of the world that drove him to leave Metropolis and slowly take over the world for the sake of peace. Since Metropolis no longer has anyone to protect it, Superman the villain Lex Luthor founded the Supermen of America to protect Metropolis, though it was still done largely out of self-interest. After an incident in which one of the members was possessed by the godly power of the Incredible, Lex cut ties with the Supermen of America, and the team disappeared into obscurity in the years that followed.
Certain aspects of Superman and Lois season 2 premiere alludes to the idea that Supermen of America will emerge. The episode, titled “What Lies Beneath”, introduced Lieutenant Mitchell Anderson, Superman’s connection with the military after General Sam Lane’s retirement at the end of Superman and Lois season 1. His name is the same as the civilian identity of Outburst, the 90s superhero that Lex made head of Supermen of America. Not only that, but Anderson uses meta-humans – who come from a school founded by the military to help meta-humans control their forces – to help protect America, as Superman will not make it his priority. They even have uniforms that bear the emblem of the House of El, so the team, like Supermen of America, is clearly meant to follow Superman’s leadership in protecting people.
There are some notable differences between Supermen of America in the comics and Lieutenant Anderson’s team in Superman and Lois, of course. Despite the team name, Supermen of America from the comics had nothing on their costumes that directly referred to Superman, and the biggest thing that connects them was the name and the fact that they were based out of Metropolis. Mitchell Anderson is also different, as the show portrays him as a self-centered, isolationist military man, in the comics, he is a super powerful teenager who was inspired by Superman to be a hero.
That said, these differences do not automatically rule out the possibility of Supermen of America, and they may simply lead to a different view of the group. Lieutenant Anderson, who wants to prioritize America’s safety over the rest of the world when Superman denies it, could give a good reason why a team specifically has “of America”In their title. Their wearing his symbol could just be the show that wants to further emphasize their connection to the DC hero Superman while playing along with the established negative relationship Superman has with them. Similarly, while Lieutenant Anderson might just be a villainous bid for the original character, he may at some point have a heartbreak and become heroic, just as Outburst is in the comics. Either way, it’s very likely that Supermen of America will make their debut in Superman and Lois season 2.
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