Jordan Kent received bad news about his superpowers from Jor-El. But even Superman forgot that his son’s inner lifestyle is stunting his abilities.
Warning: SPOILERS for Superman and Lois Season 1, Episode 2 – “Inheritance”
In Superman and Lois In episode 2, Jordan Kent (Alex Garfin) learned that he may never be as powerful as his father Clark (Tyler Hoechlin), but he could still get a lot stronger if he just changed his lifestyle. Superman and Lois scheming turned the usual Man of Steel tropes upside down; In the new CW series, Clark and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) are the parents of teenage twins and they moved the family to Smallville.
One of the reasons the Kents returned to Clark’s hometown, Kansas, was to give Jordan a chance to learn how to use his newfound powers, which manifested when he saved the life of his brother Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). Jordan showed “high force” and then shot heat vision out of his eyes, which Clark described as a “eye blast of energy”. However, he has not been able to draw on his abilities since then. Meanwhile, Jonathan has shown no signs of having his own powers like his father and brother. Clark isn’t sure what will happen next for his children, as there have been no hybrid children of Kryptonians and humans before in the Arrowverse, so he took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude in Superman and Lois Episode 2, “Inheritance”.
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At the Fortress, Jordan received a history lesson from what doomed his father’s homeworld, Krypton, but he also heard some grim news from the AI hologram of his Kryptonian grandfather, Jor-El (Angus Macfadyen). At first, Jor-El was excited to hear that Jordan has superpowers, as it meant that the Kryptonian race, and the House of El, could continue on Earth. But after running tests on Jordan, Jor-El’s analysis was grim: Jordan has no “1/100” of Kal-El’s strength, and Jor-El was also unimpressed that Jordan fired an eye blast of energy because “Since then, he has not been able to repeat it.” The Kryptonian scientist determined that Jordan’s display of powers was “Random events … He will never have enough power to produce his commanding abilities. His human DNA is too limiting.” While it is highly likely that since Jordan is not a full-blooded Kryptonian he will never equal Superman, Jor-El could also be wrong about the boy’s potential.
Neither Clark nor his biological father considered the impact Jordan’s lifestyle has on his powers: The boy has mental health problems and spends most of his time indoors playing video games. But Kryptonians are living solar batteries and they get their divine powers from the light of Earth’s yellow sun. Both Superman and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) have shown just how vital sun exposure is to igniting and recharging their even depleted abilities. The fact that Jordan isn’t the “outdoor type” means that he’s not getting the significant exposure to the sun’s rays that he needs to fuel his latent powers.
On the contrary, Jonathan is an athlete who enjoys playing soccer, which means he is outdoors and in the sun. It’s funny that Jon hasn’t manifested powers yet, but that doesn’t mean he will always be like this. The fact that Jordan has powers and Jon is also not a compelling source of drama and competition in these early episodes of Superman and Lois, but Jonathan could join his father and brother in the superpowers club at some point in the future.
One of the main reasons Clark became as powerful as Superman is because he spent his formative years outdoors at Kent Farm soaking up the nourishing rays of the yellow sun. The key to Jordan unlocking the powers within him is for the black-clad teen to spend a great deal of time outdoors. This is where Lois and Clark move to Smallville, as it gives both twins the same kind of education that their father had. If Jordan Kent wants to be as super as possible, he will have to change his lifestyle, go back to video games and be depressed in his bedroom and go out in the sun. Although, as Superman and Lois is already showing, this is easier said and done for the troubled son of the Kents.
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