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"It's true. I'm the most full-of-crap lady in Smallville. And most days, when I'm smiling, that's not how I feel inside. I feel lost."
—Lana Lang Cushing to her daughter, Sarah[src]

Mayor Lana Lang Cushing is a mortgage manager at Smallville Bank and a cheerleading coach of Smallville High School. She is also the daughter of an unnamed woman, the wife of Kyle Cushing, and the mother of Sarah Cushing and Sophie Cushing.

After Sarah was kidnapped by a meta-human, Lana decided to help Lois investigate the Morgan Edge project, acting as her spy at Edge EnerCorp. When it was revealed that Edge was actually a Kryptonian and was implanting Kryptonian consciousness into the citizens of Smallville, the town revolted against Lana and Kyle, but despite everything, they decided to stay after Superman defeated Edge.

Later, Lana decided to run for mayor of Smallville against George Dean after Daniel Hart withdrew from running.

Biography

Early life

At some point, Lana was born to an unnamed woman. She grew up in Smallville.

In Lana's youth, she became friends with Pete, Emily Phan, and dated Clark Kent.[1][2] Clark and Kyle Cushing competed for Lana's attention.[3]

At some point, Lana attended a Soul Asylum concert with Clark and Pete. On their way back, Pete fell asleep while driving, causing the car to careen off the side of the road. She passed out and when they all came to, they were unharmed, with the car completely destroyed. Eventually, she and Clark broke up.[1]

Lana graduated magna cum laude from Stanhope College, but chose to return to Smallville because she wanted to come home.[4]

Lana began to work for Smallville Bank as a mortgage manager. She married Kyle Cushing, and they had two daughters, Sarah and Sophie. In 2016, during the farming crisis of Smallville, she helped Martha Kent to mortgage off her house for a second time under a special scheme run by the bank.[1]

Although Lana tried to show an ideal family for Smallville, in reality her family was falling apart. She and Kyle slept in separate rooms, Sophie bullied other kids at school, and Sarah attempted suicide by taking Lana's sleeping pills. Though Lana recommended Dr. Lawrence for her daughter, Lana continues to feel embarrassed and less-than-worthy because of the incident.[5]

Return of Clark and Lois

"Don't even think about leaving 'cause I just got you back."
—Lana Lang Cushing to Clark Kent[src]

Lana at Smallville bank.

After the death of Martha Kent, Lana and her family attended her wake, before catching up with Clark and Lois. After letting slip that Martha had taken out another mortgage, she invited the couple to come by the bank the following day for her to explain. They did, and she explained the situation, allowing them time to think it through. Sometime later, she came by the Kent Farm, having managed to dig up an offer for Clark and Lois. However, much to her surprise, they decided to keep the farm, paying off the loan.[1]

A couple of days later, Lana and Kyle went into a diner and saw Lois there; they greeted her and invited Lois to the Cushing family barbecue. Kyle noticed that Lois was researching Morgan Edge but when Mayor George Dean approached, Kyle was distracted, allowing Lana to tell Lois about the city council meeting that night before Lana rushed away.

Lana and Kyle brought their children to the town meeting. Lana sat quietly as Lois asked Morgan questions; Kyle looked at her when he felt embarrassed.

Lana advises Clark.

The next afternoon, at the Cushing house, Lana was enjoying a large glass of wine as Kyle cooked in the backyard. Lana greeted the Kent family when they arrived; she asked for forgiveness for not telling Lois that the barbecue was a town function, not an intimate dinner. Soon, Lana approached Clark as she had another glass of wine, noticing that Clark, years after high school, still kept a grimace. She asked him not to leave early. Lana further advised Clark that it was his job to make his family adjust to the town.[6]

Mother and coach

Early in the morning, Lana and Kyle waited in the car for Sarah to exit her counseling with Dr. Lawrence; though Kyle wanted to go inside to get Sarah, Lana felt embarrassed and did not want anyone in town to see her going inside. When Sarah arrived, Lana asked how it was, but Sarah knew that her sessions were private.

Lana coaches the cheerleaders.

Next day, Lana was coaching the cheerleaders. Sarah's timing was off and almost caused a cheerleader to fall. Lana was angry, as the other girls were working hard, but Sarah acted distracted. Sarah, noticing that the other girls were staring, quit the squad.

After practices were over, Lana went to Victoria May's to get Sarah as she hung out with the Kent twins. Lana wanted to talk privately but Sarah insisted on having the conversation around the boys. Sarah accused Lana of being a hovering parent; Lana retorted that she wanted to keep Sarah safe. Sarah unloads the lifestyle arrangements of the Cushing family for all to hear. Lana refuses to be disrespected further and escorts her 14-year-old daughter from the diner. Clark enters; Lana does not have time for him.

The next day, Lana leaves the Smallville Bank and runs into Clark as he delivers the last of the paperwork on the farm; she apologizes to him about the day before and explains that she is having family issues. During the chat, Lana reveals to Clark that Jordan is playing football. Clark tries to correct her, but Lana knows better, to Clark's surprise.

That night, Lana tries to talk Sarah into having dinner with the rest of the family, but Sarah refuses. Lana looks to Kyle for help, but he continues to watch the baseball game. Lana goes to Sarah's room and tells her that she is scared to lose her oldest daughter. As Sarah admits why she almost overdosed and cries, Lana admits that her smile is fake because, inside, she is sad; she was raised never to show her pain to the outside world. They hug and decide to try to find happiness together.[5]

The rain falls heavily as the Crows play football, but Lana is there coaching her cheerleaders during the game.

Lana and Kyle have dinner with Morgan Edge.

Afterwards, Lana and Kyle go to dinner with Mayor George Dean and Morgan Edge; the couple do not sit together, as Morgan has arranged the seating so that he is closer to Lana. Morgan pours Lana a glass of wine and proves that he has researched her past in Stanhope College and her return to Smallville; Lana says that she returned because Smallville is home. Morgan says that Lana has "untapped potential" he would like to explore; Lana looks over to Kyle,but he just smiles, with the potential flirtation not fazing him.

Lois and Lana at a bar.

The next morning, Lana and Kyle prepare the community center for the town meeting; while Lana works, Kyle reads the Smallville Gazette and laughs because Lois' article is not there. Lana confronts Kyle about allowing Morgan to make her uncomfortable. Kyle saw no harm in Morgan's want for Lana to have more. Frustrated, Lana leaves for a walk.

When Lana returns, the meeting is proceeding. Lois looks upset; Lana asks Lois out for a ladies' night, to talk. Lois agrees.

Lana and Lois go to a bar and drink. They talk about their husbands and, in the end, realize that they appreciate them because each man seeks to be a hero, citing that Kyle is a fire fighter to make his family feel proud of him. The next morning, Lana slept late; when she awakened to Kyle cooking for the girls, she told him that she loved and appreciated him.[4]

Lana has a confrontation with Kyle after he returns home after drinking. At the Harvest Festival, Lana goes without Kyle and meets Cobb Branden, who asked if Kyle was going and she said he would be staying at the hospital today to tend to his friend who was injured in a fire. In the morning, Lana pays tribute to Martha Kent in an all-town seat.[3]

Edge EnerCorp

At Shuster Mines, Lana was hired by Edge to lead Edge EnerCorp's Smallville operations. Kyle was initially disappointed that he didn't get the job, but he was proud of Lana and their relationship slowly started to recover. Lois asked the Cushings to gather information about Edge Enercorp from the inside, and they both declined. At night Lana went out to dinner with Kyle and left Sarah to take care of Sophie. Back at home after supper, Lana and Kyle are discussing the coordinations of her new position. He reveals to her that he is pleased with her, regardless of whether he's still somewhat stung by Edge.

Both of them begin kissing, and Sophie shows up all of a sudden to get some information about dessert. At the point when Kyle goes searching for Sarah, she's no more. They call the Kents to see if she's in the game, but he denies it and the Cushings see Tag Harris kidnapping Sarah on the house recordings. Eventually, Sarah is rescued by the army and taken back home. Later, Lana agreed to help Lois after the Tag incident, and Lois informed her that she believed Edge was involved in a project to empower people.[7]

Edge asked Lana to recruit five people for a leadership training program and hinted that she should select Kyle as a candidate. Lana feared the show could be part of Edge's superpower project and kept Kyle out of it, so Edge recruited Emily Phan, unbeknownst to Lana. Emily went to thank Lana personally, making her worried.[2]

At her house, Kyle discloses to Lana that he needs to be essential for Edge's administration program assuming any new openings come up. At Edge EnerCorp, Lana is assisting a neighborhood business with an award, when Kyle comes and goes up against her because she said they weren't hiring. She advises him that while she prefers Kyle, Edge doesn't think Kyle is the executives material. Kyle leaves, upset.[8]

The next day, Lana bumped into Emily at the office and she mentioned going through a mysterious "process", which she assumed Lana had gone through too. Lana tried to question Emily about the process, but they were interrupted by Leslie Larr, who took her to Edge's office. Edge told her that he knew she was giving Lois information and invited her to go through the same process as Emily, but she rejected him.

That night at the Smallville High musical revue, Emily left in the middle of her daughter's performance without saying anything. Kyle followed her, claiming he would ask what she was doing. Lana reported this unusual behavior to Lois, but Lois broke the call. Later that night, Kyle came home claiming to have woken up in a field with bruised ribs and no idea how he got there, unable to remember anything that happened after he left school, and told Lana that he had accepted the Edge's offer to participate in the program.[9]

Possessed by Lara Lor-Van

Lara Lor-Van possessing Lana Lang.

Sarah confronts Lana for defending Kyle, and when Lana advises her to stop, she leaves to stay at Denise Olowe's house. After Sarah leaves, Lana tells Kyle that she needs to know everything that happened. As they talk, Lois arrives and the Kryptonian consciousness took control and attacked them, but he was weakened by Lois' Kryptonite and was arrested by Sam Lane and the army. The Kryptonian is put in a Kryptonite cell.

Later, Lana went with Lois to the DOD, where she found Superman and Sam Lane. After overhearing the conversation, Lana offered to be Lara Lor-Van's consciousness host, to reverse Edge's procedure using the Eradicator. Lara fixed the device and Superman used it to restore all of the subjekts to normal, including Lana and Kyle, who were reunited with Sarah.[10]

Morgan Edge's rise

The Cushings were blamed by Smallville for what happened and their house was vandalized by angry citizens, but Lana and Sarah assured Kyle that they would get through the rough patch together, and the family got together to wash up with fun.[11]

Due to recent attacks by Smallville citizens, the Cushings put their home up for sale, but received only a below-market offer. Clark came to ask Lana to stay as Smallville needed her now that Martha was gone. Lana admits that she didn't want to leave, but didn't see how her family could stay. Kyle ended up getting an offer to replace the fire chief in Bristol County two hours from Smallville, and with no other choice, they decided to move. When they told their daughters, Sarah scolded them for giving up on Smallville so easily and left.[12]

That night, Sarah ran home and told her parents that Jordan had been kidnapped by Morgan Edge and that Sam Lane was injured. They went back to Sam's wrecked car, helped Jon and Sam out of the car, and helped with their injuries. They took Jon and Sam back to town and found the residents protesting the DoD. Faced with the choice of leaving or staying and helping, the Cushings decided to stay. Sam asked them to help convince the people of Smallville to evacuate. During the evacuation of Smallville, Lana called her mother to inform her of the situation, asking her to tell Sophie that they'll meet up soon. Lana helped people shelter from Edge's energy waves, regaining the affections of the townspeople and later reconciled with Emily.[13]

Smallville elections


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"Hello, everyone. Most of you know me, but for those of you that are new, I'm Lana, and this is my kitchen. Like a lot of us here, I grew up in Smallville. Whether or not I wanted it to, Smallville has changed. Things are different now. So why not do this mayoral election differently, too? As you can clearly see, I am not a career politician. I'm a working mom, and if Smallville elects me to be the next mayor, I want it to be because you all know me and trust me."
—Lana Lang[src]

Lana speaks at Sarah's quinceañera.

After Daniel Hart left the election, Lana decided to get elected mayor of Smallville against George Dean, with Kyle's support.[14] During Sarah's quinceañera, Lana discovered that Kyle was having an affair with Tonya Martinez.[15]

Personality


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Lana is proven to be friendly. Due to her failing marriage, Lana is overbearing to her daughter, Sarah Cushing, to the point that the latter tried to commit suicide. When confronted on the Cushing family faults by her own daughter, Lana could only deny it to keep up public appearances.

Powers and abilities

Former powers

  • Kryptonian physiology: From her exposure to X-Kryptonite through the Eradicator, Lana housed the consciousness of Lara Lor-Van, altering her being into a Kryptonian. While only briefly existing as such, she had the capacity to absorb yellow sunlight and perform remarkable feats from it.

Appearances

Superman & Lois


Gallery

Promotional images

Superman & Lois

Season 1
Season 2

Trivia

  • Lana has a Facebook profile, which she used to post photos of her with Clark Kent at some point.
    • It was noted by her daughter Sophie that Kyle was jealous of Clark because Lana had his photo on her Facebook profile.

Behind the scenes

References

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