Jonathan received an unexpected crash course in the multiverse on Tuesday in Superman & Lois, and he may never look at either of his parents the same again.
While investigating John Henry Irons ‘van with his mother, he learned it all – that John was Lois’ husband on the other earth, that they had a daughter named Natalie, and that other Lois had been murdered live in television by the Superman of his land. And when Jonathan later put himself in danger, he received the rebuke of a lifetime. (It was a great job from Bitsie Tulloch.)
This close call inspired Lois to share another painful secret: When Jordan and Jonathan were 18 months old, Lois had a miscarriage. She had planned to give the little girl the name of her grandmother… Natalie! Hold on for gasps.
On a lighter note, the seemingly inevitable battle between John and Superman was ultimately avoided (or at least postponed) when an attack by one of Edge’s X-Kryptonite soldiers confirmed that Lois’ two husbands were fighting. in reality against a common enemy. John even packed his RV and seemed to chase the life of the Kents… but for how long?
Elsewhere this week, Kyle took to crying out after learning that Lana purposely kicked him out of Edge’s top-secret project, unaware that his wife was doing him any good. This prevented Kyle from supporting Sarah during her audition for the school’s music review, but Jordan stepped in and saved the day – after overcoming his own fear of playing the piano in front of a crowd.
Below, actor Jordan Elsass takes us inside Jonathan’s head as he begins to process what he saw in John’s van:
TV LINE | Jonathan learned a lot this week, but how about you? Did you know John Henry Irons before?
No, this was all fairly new to me. I hadn’t heard of Steel or John Henry Irons until we were told that Wolé would actually play him. And the writers kept some of that a secret, even from the cast, because they wanted it to be a surprise to us. So it was a huge revelation for Jonathan. He’s also starting to realize that even though he’s found out that his father is Superman, that doesn’t mean his parents are going to tell him everything that’s going on. And he wants to know. He wants to help, get involved and make himself useful. That’s when trouble comes for him, when he can’t be of help. He gets out of his mind helping others.
TVLINE | Which makes it even more tragic that he has no powers.
I think that makes it more interesting in some ways not to have powers – at least not yet. And while he never gets powers permanently, I think it could be something temporary that we could tease in an episode and make people wonder if he’ll ever get them. He’s very vocal about wanting powers. And who wouldn’t be? Who wouldn’t want powers?
TVLINE | It feels like he’s getting closer to Lois because of it all.
Absolutely. Jonathan played football with his father when he was growing up, so he was closer to him when he was a kid. But he is now at a turning point in his life. It happens to a lot of us, and I think people will find it very relevant. He knows he has certain traits of his father, but he doesn’t have his powers. So who does he confide in in his family? I think it’s gonna be Lois. Of course, there are also things he won’t be able to tell Lois, and he’ll always have Jordan for that. They will always be able to confide in each other.
TVLINE | What was it like shooting those really intense scenes with Bitsie?
First of all, looking at his work was a lesson in humility. She really brought it those days. No one had to say, ‘Quiet on set’, everyone knew that. And I had to bring it too. The pressure was definitely there. But it was also an explosion. It’s a rush to do scenes where you really feel those emotions. And it’s exhausting having tears in your eyes 20 times in a row. Some of the toughest days I worked on were on this episode. But that’s when you really see who these characters are, so I appreciate that.
TVLINE | What’s Jonathan’s next move? Will he share what he saw?
He’s confused, and he’s not sure what to do, so he’s just internalizing it. It will definitely put a strain on him as a person. Even though it wasn’t his mother [who was killed on the other earth], it’s still his mom. This image is in his head, and it is very real to him.
TVLINE | Would he also be a little scared of his own father now?
Oh, there’s no question about it. It was horrible to watch, I can’t even imagine. Again, it’s not Jonathan’s mom and dad, but it’s still very scary.
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