Superman and Lois season 3 ending explained: Who is [SPOILER]?

Superman & Lois -- “Closer” -- Image Number: SML301fg_0010r2 -- Pictured: Tyler Hoechlin as Superman -- Photo: The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Superman & Lois -- “Closer” -- Image Number: SML301fg_0010r2 -- Pictured: Tyler Hoechlin as Superman -- Photo: The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Superman and Lois season 3 kicked off with a premiere episode that left viewers with many questions. But what does that shocking reveal mean?

The Super days are back! Yes, after half a year off air, Superman and Lois is finally back on our screens, returning to The CW to commence its highly-anticipated third season. And what a premiere it was!

The episode was all about family, as Clark and Lois planned Jonathan and Jordan’s 16th birthday party at the Kent Farm, inviting our favorite Smallville residents to the familial event. But all was not as swell in Metropolis where a new evil made their presence felt.

What does it all mean, and who is the new threat waiting in the wings? Here’s what went down in “Closer” and what it means going forward.

*** This article contains major SPOILERS from Superman and Lois season 3, episode 1 ***

Who is the new villain in Superman and Lois season 3?

Superman and Lois‘ season 3 premiere introduced us to Chad L. Coleman’s Bruno Mannheim. The villain, whose name had been dropped in the season 2 finale by John Diggle, was seemingly responsible for the death of that earth’s John Henry Irons. What his role was yet, we don’t know, but Mannheim’s reputation as a DC Comics villain precedes him, so fans are excited to see him in action and how he plays into season 3.

Right now, he has a plan in place that seemed to involve Atom-Man. A blast from the Man of Steel’s past, Henry Miller resurfaced in this episode with super powers but was quickly killed by an entity that somehow shot him without actually shooting him. By the end of the episode, however, Mannheim brought Miller back to life.

The thing is, he is working with the entity that killed him. And DC Comics fans might recognize the threat in question.

Who is DC Comics villain Onomatopoeia in Superman and Lois season 3?

DC fans might be stunned to see the live-action debut of Onomatopoeia in the season 3 premiere of Superman and Lois. The character was created by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester, making his DC Comics debut back in 2002. He’s typically thought of as a Green Arrow villain, which made him a long-desired big bad for Arrow, but unfortunately the show opted against using him. Thankfully, offshoot Superman and Lois will now get the chance to bring him to life.

What makes Onomatopoeia so deadly is that he is a serial killer who mimics the sounds around him, often saying words such as “snap” or “blam” out loud as he commits the act which corresponds with those sounds. What’s interesting here is that he usually targets non super-powered heroes in the comics – something that often puts him in the crosshairs of Batman, as well. In Superman and Lois, however, the character has the ability to knock Superman off his game.

That brings us to the question of whether Onomatopoeia is actually a metahuman. That information remains unknown in the comics, as he is portrayed as a relentless assassin with excellent hand-to-hand combat skills with an abundance of weapons at his disposal, and yet is able to withstand blows and defeats that would kill a mortal man.

Superman and Lois season 3 appears to be using that ambiguity to its advantage, because it seems that Onomatopeia’s powers are not of this earth. And if they can affect Superman, they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.

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