Entertainment Weekly reports that The Walking Dead universe actor and director Michael Cudlitz has been cast in the third season of the CW’s Superman & Lois series. Cudlitz, known for his role as Abraham Ford on The Walking Dead, will portray a new version of the iconic DC villain Lex Luthor.
Superman & Lois is a series on The CW based on the DC comic book characters Superman/Clark Kent and Lois. The series sees the pair moving back to Smallville with their sons Jonathan and Jordan. As a superhero and famous journalist, the pair face pressures of balancing work, justice, and parenting.
Cudlitz’s version of Lex Luthor is described as a visionary billionaire behind LexCorp, whose alter ego is deeply involved in the criminal elements. Luthor is a brutal psychopath known for terrorizing anyone who gets in his way. Upon his return to the story, Luthor is hellbent on exacting revenge on Superman and Lois, believing they have greatly wronged him.
The series also stars Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alex Garfin, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette, and Michael Bishop.
In Sept. 2022, it was reported that fellow Walking Dead actor Chad Coleman was cast in the role of Bruno Mannheim. There hasn’t been more information regarding this character for the upcoming season.
Michael Cudlitz – Superman and Lois
Season three of the series will premiere on The CW Tuesday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m. ET. Released weekly with episodes will then be available the following day on the CW app.
Cudlitz has kept very busy since he departed from The Walking Dead in season 7. He returned to The Walking Dead universe to direct episodes of the main series and the spinoff The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
He recently starred in Bosch: Legacy, Manifest West, and Red Stone. He was a main character in the series Clarice, which wasn’t renewed after the first season. Next, he will star in a movie, Unspoken, that is expected to release in Oct. 2023.