The CW's Crisis On Infinite Earths has been more than surprising in the number of guest stars scheduled to make an appearance during the crossover. Characters from all manner of DC Comics related TV shows are planned to be a part in some way, and that's certainly true for a few Last Sons of Krypton. No less than three versions of Superman will appear, with those being Brandon Routh as Kingdom Come Superman, Tyler Hoechlin as Arrowverse Superman, and Tom Welling as Smallville Superman. The latter two will also be joined by their respective Lois Lanes. Given the scope and sheer fanservice of the event, however, who's to say that there can't be a fourth Man of Steel with his own Lois? Namely, the first modern TV versions of those characters. Crisis On Infinite Earths would be wasting a huge opportunity if it doesn't include Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as the Superman and Lois Lane from Lois and Clark.
The New Adventures of Superman
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman first aired in September of 1993, and was the first live-action production to reflect the changes to Superman's mythology that John Byrne had introduced in the comics. Chief among these was the role of Clark/Superman's identities. As Dean Cain stated in the series, "Superman is what I do, Clark Kent is who I am," illustrating the reversal of characterization in the Post-Crisis version of the comic book character. The series focused not only on the superheroics of its titular Kryptonian but also chiefly on the romance with Lois. Superman's secret identity and the love triangle with Lois was typically used for dramatic effect and comical situations, but it all hinged on the very passionate on-screen chemistry between Cain and Hatcher.
The show was very popular for its time, cementing the iconography of Lois and Clark's relationship for a newer generation. It also, in some ways, caused the biggest story in Superman comic books. Writers and editors originally planned for Lois and Clark to get married in the comics by around 1990 or 1991. They postponed this event, however, to allow it to coincide with the wedding on Lois and Clark. Thus, as replacement storylines were suggested, The Death of Superman was eventually agreed upon.
No More Room?
It's doubtful that the full cast of Crisis on Infinite Earths, particularly the fan-pleasing cameos, has been announced yet. Thus, there's still a chance that many older viewers' version of Lois and Clark could appear in some way. There hasn't been any inclination of that so far, however. There are also a few reasons why it might not happen. For one, both Cain and Hatcher have appeared as new characters in Supergirl. Granted, the same could be said for Erica Durance, who took up the role of Supergirl's mother in Season Four of the show. If anything, the mere potential confusion would make for some quick laughs, similar to Kingdom Come Superman and Ray Palmer/The Atom being played by the same actor. Another issue may be the budget. While the CW is ending its first connected universe show, Arrow, this year, it's also launching Batwoman. That means it will still have five DC shows to have to budget, along with the upcoming Arrow spinoff. That means that Crisis is sure to be a hefty weight on that already strained budget, especially for such a relatively small network. That budget may not be able to afford having the actors in any real role.
With so many characters already confirmed for Crisis, there's also a chance that, narratively, there isn't any room for Lois and Clark to be featured in the story. This isn't helped by the fact that so many other Supermen are already appearing. Still, even a small role would likely satisfy the fans of this timeless take on DC Comic's premiere couple. If anything, with their status as (one of) the oldest live-action incarnations of Lois and Clark, Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher's versions of the characters may be used in place of the Golden Age Superman and Lois from the comic book Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Crisis on Infinite Earths begins Sunday, December 8 at 8 pm ET/PT on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, December 8 at 8 pm ET/PT and in The Flash on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm ET/PT. After the winter hiatus, the crossover will conclude on Tuesday, January 14 in Arrow at 8 pm ET/PT and in DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9 pm ET/PT.