Faster than a speeding one-liner, sexier than The Young and the Restless, able to leap comic-book cliches in a single bound — it’s ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the kid from Krypton’s latest, hippest TV incarnation. Dean Cain, Brenda’s beau on 90210 during her tour de France last season, is the new and improved hunk of steel. Teri Hatcher, who played a woman with ”spectacular” breasts on a Seinfeld episode last year, is the Daily Planet‘s ace newsbabe, Lois Lane. The series gives their story a decidedly modern spin.
”It’s basically Moonlighting, only Bruce Willis can fly,” explains Lois & Clark‘s creator and co-executive producer, Deborah Joy LeVine. ”We turned the story into a romantic comedy. There’s lots of witty banter and sophisticated, adult humor. We’ve updated it for the 1990s.”
For example: Planet editor Perry White (Lane Smith) has put Caesar’s ghost to rest and now exclaims, ”Great shades of Elvis!” And the new Superman turns out to be vulnerable to more than just kryptonite: During a ballroom scene in the pilot, he suffers a case of premature flotation when he spots Lois in a slinky cocktail dress.
”There’s tongue-in-cheek dialogue,” says Cain, 27. ”But Clark is also played as a real person with real emotions. He’s not just a nerd anymore.”
”It’s more about relationships,” agrees Hatcher, 28. ”There’s a love triangle that develops. My character has strong romantic feelings for both Clark and Superman. She’s torn between the same person.”
Viewers may find themselves torn, too: Lois & Clark airs opposite NBC’s new seaQuest DSV, an underwater, FX-packed extravaganza produced by Steven Spielberg. But if Superguy’s fans stick around, they’ll be rewarded by the ultimate romantic payoff.
”Clark and Lois will definitely fall in love and eventually get married,” promises LeVine. ”It could happen in the fifth month or it could happen in the fifth year, depending on how long the network lets us stay on the air.” Or depending on whether Lex Luthor (John Shea) foils their plans.