WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Superman & Lois Season 2, Episode 1, "What Lies Beneath," which aired Tuesday, Jan. 11 on The CW.
Superman & Lois has Clark Kent and Lois Lane raising twin teenage sons, Jonathan and Jordan, as they move back to the Kent family farm in Smallville, with the boys getting serious girlfriends as they adjust to their new high school. As these romances only become more intimate as the Arrowverse series begins its second season, it's high time that Clark sits his sons down to have the infamously awkward "talk," explaining the complexities that come with embarking on sexual relationships and when it's appropriate to advance relationships to that level of physical intimacy. And in delivering the talk, Clark reveals a bit about his own stance on the birds and the bees in this quietly hilarious but important chat with Jordan and Jonathan.
The talk is prompted when Lois walks in on Jonathan getting busy with his girlfriend Chloe, as Clark left the teenage couple behind at the farm to rescue a floundering North Korean nuclear submarine on the other side of the world. With the sight of Natalie Irons, the daughter of a Lois from an alternate universe, putting Lois on edge for months after dredging up a past personal tragedy for her, Lois chides her son for trying to hook up with his girlfriend. Lois becomes even more furious when she learns that Clark was aware Jonathan and Chloe were together at home without parental supervision and demands he talk to his boys.
After Lois similarly admonishes Jordan for spending a romantic evening with his girlfriend Sarah out at a nearby pond, Clark decides to proceed with the overdue talk with the boys together in their room. With all three men visibly uncomfortable by having to discuss the sensitive subject matter together, Clark observes that both of his sons are too young to engage in sexual activity and that taking relationships to such a level at this age is a big deal. However, Clark notes to his boys that if they do decide to proceed with physical intimacy to ask him if they have any questions while warning them their mother will still keep an eye on both of them and share her own concerns about them moving too quickly for their age.
Where Clark stops just short is when Jordan asks him, point blank, what age he was when he lost his own virginity. Hesitating at the question, Clark points out that he was older than his sons when he had his first sexual relationship; both Jonathan and Jordan are 15 at the start of Season 2. The closest the Superman mythos has come to addressing this is the previous television series Smallville, with Clark and Lana Lang losing their virginity to each other at the start of Season 5 shortly before the two begin attending college. This came at a time when Clark had temporarily lost his power and was comfortable with engaging at that level of physicality. With Jordan displaying his own burgeoning set of superpowers, Clark and Jordan's follow-up talk about intimacy might touch on that added complication.
For Superman & Lois, the focus has always been on family and, with two teenage boys developing serious romantic relationships as they progress through high school, some version of the talk was something of an inevitability. Of course, Jonathan and Jordan's respective romances are not without their fair share of complications, with Jordan and Sarah's relationship appearing strained at the start of Season 2. Both boys are set for early experiences with deep love and heartbreak, with Jonathan going through a major breakup himself in Season 1, but at least Clark will be around to awkwardly coach his sons through the tricky battlefield that can be burgeoning romance.
Developed for television by Greg Berlanti and Todd Helbing, Superman & Lois Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8pm EST on The CW.
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