As many fans probably realized, the final episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was not meant to be a finale—and now, one of its creators has discussed its big cliffhanger.
The show aired four seasons from 1993 until 1997. It focused particularly on the relationship between Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) and Clark Kent/Superman (Dean Cain), making it a sort of superhero romantic comedy.
Unfortunately, it ended unexpectedly, resulting in a famous cliffhanger: the pair, now married but having discovered that they cannot have children together, find a mysterious baby in their living room, wrapped up in a Superman blanket.
In the past, one executive producer, Brad Buckner, said that the baby was going to be Kryptonian royalty, stashed by his mother with them to protect him from assassins. Now, his colleague Eugenie Ross-Leming has expanded on that in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“If the show had gone on, we would have seen them figuring out how to raise this child, who would have aged rapidly. He would have become a teenager in months,” he explained.
Watching the pair deal with baby shenanigans (and then teenage troubles!) would have been interesting comedic potential. Unfortunately, the show did not get the fifth season that they were expecting, so we will never find out exactly how this story would have played out, or if the child would have wound up happily adopted by the Lane-Kents or wound up going back to its Kryptonian royal birth family.
It is interesting to note that the idea of Clark and Lois being unable to have a kid was also used in the comics, as was the idea of them adopting a Kryptonian—years later, in 2006, a boy that they named Chris Kent crashed into Earth, and was eventually revealed to be the child of villains General Zod and Ursa. He also underwent rapid aging (because the Phantom Zone, or… something) but ultimately vanished. As of DC Rebirth, he’s back but as Zod’s villainous heir.
Since then, the comic version of Lois and Clark have had a child naturally (Clark was depowered at the time, which apparently cleared things up). This child is named Jon, after Clark’s (adoptive) father, and currently splits his time as “Superboy” training with his dad and hanging out with his frenemy Damian Wayne/Robin, the son of Batman.