“When I think at those ten years… It was a wonderful journey, I’ve worked with really great people. In my mind I’ve never really said goodbye to my character anyway. When the show ended it was like all of us were thanking Clark Kent because he finally became the man we all wanted him to be so in a way it felt good.” — Tom Welling [x]
Interview with Adventures of Superman's Ron Marz and Evan Shaner
MARZ: I think Superman is an intrinsically hopeful character. He is not truly one of us, but he is the best of us. And I don’t mean that he’s the best of us because he can fly and has super-strength. He’s the best of us because he does the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. He’s selfless. He’s who we should all aspire to be.
SHANER: There’s a certain optimism at the heart of Superman, but I think it might be more that he’s always looking forward. He’s called the Man of Tomorrow for a reason. For me, many of the best Superman stories about him are helping take the rest of us into a better future.
MARZ: Certainly, Lois is an iconic aspect as well. Lois is such a great character, an integral part of the mythology. In her own way, Lois is very much an archetypal character. Virtually any Superman story is going to feature Clark Kent and Superman. Lois has a relationship with both of them, though it’s a very different relationship with each. She’s a bridge to both Clark and Superman….Lois is smarter than everybody in the room, and she doesn’t care who knows it. In fact, she wants everybody to know it. She’s tough, she’s talented, she’s capable. She likes Clark a lot, but she doesn’t see him as her equal as a reporter, so she teases him. Lois is most definitely the alpha of the newsroom.
SHANER: I’ve drawn my take on Superman so many times that at this point I think I could draw him in my sleep. I’d drawn Lois significantly less, plus I really wanted to make sure I got her right. She’s one of my favorite characters in comics though. I already miss drawing her and would love another chance to do so. [Plus], Clark/Lois banter is a trademark of the Superman books for me so I’m so glad I got to draw it. Ron did a great job at letting each personality shine through the dialogue in that bit too.
MARZ: I think part of the everlasting appeal of Superman is the Lois-Clark-Superman triangle. Honestly, I could write 20 pages of just Clark and Lois bantering at each other, and absolutely love doing it. There’s a classic screwball comedy aspect to their relationship, like Gable and Colbert, or Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.
For me, bringing Lois in was quite a personal thing, because having to do such horrible, horrible things to her in Injustice, the first thing I asked when I got on the book was if I could bring back Lois. Then it was just a matter of working out exactly how. And I think too with an evil Superman on that world, you need Lois there. It instantly makes people think they have to come together. And she offers something that no one else does, and that’s hope. When there’s Lois, you have that possibility that she can turn this evil man around. And that’s something that we’ll be exploring. So, to me, bringing back Lois was incredibly important.
— Tom Tayor, writer, Earth 2 [x]