Since Superman and Lois launched on The CW last season, fans have frequently asked why characters from other Arrowverse shows — especially super girl, centered on Superman’s cousin – did not make any appearances on the show. Tonight, fans got the answer: Superman & Lois takes place in a world that isn’t the Arrowverse’s Earth-Prime. Also, in the world of Superman & Lois, Superman is the only superhero, which means most of the characters in the Arrowverse aren’t part of the show’s world, and the Man of Steel at the center of the series does not share memories with the Superman who first appeared in Supergirl.
Supergirl, in fact, is the touchstone used by series showrunner Todd Helbing. When we asked him if this was like the first two seasons of this series, the producer pretty much finished our sentence.
“Yeah. I think that’s a good analogy. When super girl was on CBS, they were in their own world, right?” Helbing explained. “If you think about it, John Henry started out on a separate planet, they had their own version of Kal-El, c is really that. So the Arrowverse is on Earth-Prime, we’re on a different Earth. I don’t know what number it is yet. So Diggle’s story… it’s John Diggle but his story isn’t exactly the story of John Diggle who was in Arrow, and that goes for every character.”
John Diggle, played by David Ramsey, is one of the Arrowverse’s most beloved characters. He first appeared in Arrow pilot, and was a series regular on all seven seasons of that show before appearing on the flash and Superman and Lois after Arrow was over. The character has been confirmed to make an appearance in the season finale of Superman and Lois this year, but this release will apparently be an alternate version of the universe that Diggle fans know and love.
The revelation came midway through tonight’s Season 2 finale, when Same Lane told Jonathan and Jordan Kent, “I’ve been working for the DOD for a long time. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe: glimpses of other worlds, and the leagues of superheroes they have on them, and even though we only have your father on this planet, thank God, because he is the best on all of Earth.
With the end of batman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season, the flash now stands as the only CW series set on Earth-Prime. Whereas Superman and Lois and Stargirl exist in the Arrowverse multiverse – and in fact are currently participating in a comic book crossover with the other shows – the world that launched with Arrow in 2012 is pretty underrepresented on the network right now. This could also explain the decision to feature everyone except Superman and Lois in the “Armageddon” crossover on the flash earlier this year.
Superman & Lois ends its second season tonight and will return to The CW in early 2023.