The new Jonathan Kent has been chosen.
Deadline reports Australian actor Michael Bishop will assume the role in Superman & Lois‘s third season. He replaces Jordan Elsass, who quit the series in August for “personal” reasons after failing to report to set. The character, very loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name, is the son of Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch). He is also the twin brother of Jordan Kent (Alex Garfin), although, as the more socialy adjusted of the two, he also comes off as the older brother. Within the show’s reality, Jon was sports hero and popular when the Kents lived in Metropolis, but the transition to Smallville has seen Jon’s place in the world upended. Despite joining the Smallville High football team, he always appears out of sorts there. Making things tougher for him is the lack of superpowers despite Jordan’s growing list of abilities. Season 2 saw him attempt to cope with this via the use of the X-Kryptonite drug, which only proved to be more troublesome than it was worth.
Considering Bishop’s resemblance to Elsass, it is unclear if the series will address the cast change as part of the narrative or ignore it entirely. But as this is a sci-fi show, there is always possibility that the change will be noted in some way.
The rest of the cast — including Hoechlin, Tulloch, Garfin, and costars Inde Navarrette, Wolé Parks, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, and Dylan Walsh — will return as the series focuses on the next world-ending crisis which, somehow, ends up centered in Smallville.
Superman & Lois returns in 2023 on The CW.