Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 3, “The Thing In The Mines” is a testament to the principle of always taking reports with a grain of salt, no matter where they come from. 

I started watching Superman & Lois this year because I love Doomsday. As a child, I remember watching Doomsday as a child, feeling the terror that the Kryptonian creature has inspired for decades as he brutally battled the Man Of Steel. Years later,  I witnessed his silver-screen debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, an experience I cherish to this day. 

Will Bizarro Be Superman’s Metaphorical Doomsday? 

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So when the Superman & Lois showrunner revealed that the iconic supervillain from The Death Of Superman was coming to the CW series, I decided to tune in to see how he would be adapted. 

“That [the end of S2E1] is our homage to a classic Doomsday cover…Then in episode 2, you’re going to see him a little bit more. In episode 3, you’ll get the full reveal.”

– Todd Helbing, Showrunner

The first two episodes of the series featured an unseen beast breaking out from underneath the bowels of the earth while, at the same time, Clark Kent was plagued by visions of destruction and intense anger. These visions carried over into Clark’s behavior and emotional state in “The Thing In The Mines”, further suggesting that Doomsday was connected to Superman.

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Lois Lane even tells Clark not to go all “Doomsday” on her when discussing his new affliction. In the third act of this episode, Doomsday breaks out of the mines, engaging Clark in a brutal fight. The action in this sequence is actually stellar, and it seemed to feature Doomsday in a sealed suit, honoring that element of the source material in live-action for the first time. The battle even brought in John Henry Irons as Steel, whose suiting-up sequence was legendary. The combined might of Steel and Superman was enough to break Doomsday’s mask and send him fleeing. 

Tragically, at least for Doomsday fans like myself, the crack in Doomsday’s mask revealed that Superman and Steel were actually fighting Bizarro, another classic villain from Clark Kent’s rogues gallery. This shocking twist left a sour taste in my mouth, and made me feel like a fool for trusting Todd Helbing. 

Could Bizarro Become Doomsday? 

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Towards the very end of Superman & Lois, Bizarro is seen flying into the Fortress Of Solitude. This caught my attention because in Smallville, Davis Bloome was put into a chrysalis inside the Fortress so that he could continue his transformation into Doomsday. To think that the series could be lifting this plot-device in order to turn Bizarro into Doomsday might be wishful thinking, but it gives me hope. 

Even if Bizarro turns out to be just Bizarro, he could be a worthy opponent for Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, and potentially a welcome addition to the cast of characters. I just wish his debut on this show wasn’t presented through such blatant deceit. 

Episode Three Is The Weakest Entry Of The Season Yet

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Superman & Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Jordan Elsass as Jonathan Kent Jr., Alex Garfin as Jordan Kent, Erik Valdez as Kyle Cushing, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang-Cushing, Joselyn Picard as Sophie Cushing, Wole Parks as John Henry Irons AKA Steel, Tayler Buck as Natalie Irons, and Adam Rayner as Tal-Rho/Morgan Edge. 

The next episode of Superman & Lois, “The Inverse Method” airs on the CW on February 1, 2022 at 8PM EST. 

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