In the Superman & Lois series premiere, Clark Kent laid out the reasons why he hadn’t yet told his sons Jonathan and Jordan about his secret identity.

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for “Pilot,” the series premiere of Superman & Lois.

When Superman & Lois picks up, neither Kent twin knows the truth about their father. As revealed in “Pilot,” the series premiere, this was a very deliberate choice on their parents’ part. According to Clark, he hoped to protect his sons — and his secret — from the world by keeping his super alter ego a secret.

Throughout the episode, Lois and Clark often found themselves locked in a debate about whether or not they should tell the boys about Clark’s double life. Whenever Lois brought it up, though, Clark would put his foot down. He wanted the boys to feel normal — after all, Jordan was already struggling — and thought keeping the secret would help them achieve that.

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Lois struck up one such conversation after Clark missed Jordan’s therapy session, upsetting him. This prompted her to tell him it was time for them to know. “Your parents told you about your real heritage when you were six!” she said.

“It was different! I lived on a farm! I had powers!” Clark shot back. When Lois brought up Jordan’s struggle, he added, “It’s only going to make him feel more alien than he already does. Trust me, I’ve been there.”

The conversation didn’t end there. Clark continued it on their way to work, all the way up through their elevator ride at The Daily Planet. “It’s too dangerous for them to know,” he said.

“It’s more dangerous if they don’t,” Lois retorted.

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“Lois, they slip up once, say the wrong thing to one person, the whole world knows who I am,” he insisted. When she gave him a side-long glance, he added, “What? Your father agrees with me.”

“Oh, now we care what my dad thinks?” Lois snapped.

Before Clark could respond, they arrived at their floor, bringing their open discussion to a closed one. “I’m just saying, they’re fourteen. They don’t need to know yet.”

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Despite Clark’s best-laid plans, Jonathan and Jordan found out anyway. As they explored the Kent farm’s barn, they discovered the Kryptonian ship that brought Clark to Earth. They immediately went to their parents, demanding answers — and Clark finally relented. He explained not only his personal history, but that he had been Superman all along. This infuriated Jordan, who accused both his parents of being liars.

“This is not her fault! I’m the one that didn’t want you to know, because I knew what kind of burden it would be if you both had powers — or worse, if one of you had them and the other one didn’t,” he finally admitted to them. The sentiment didn’t assuage Jordan’s ire, especially since both Lois and Clark assumed Jonathan was the one who had developed powers.

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Although he fumbled the delivery of this news, all seemed well by the end of the episode, where Clark broke through to Jordan and explained that he didn’t quite know what he was doing as a parent. Moving forward, he will likely be much more open about his alter ego with both his sons, which could lead to trouble down the road. After all, Superman has a host of villains just waiting for their chance to hit him when he’s vulnerable.

Superman & Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Dylan Walsh, Alex Garfin, Jordan Elsass, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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