Tyler Hoechlin Will Be More Classic Superman

Tyler Hoechlin
Tyler Hoechlin

Posted by: Matt McGloin

It’s probably safe to assume that the new Tyler Hoechlin Superman for Supergirl Season 2 won’t be snapping anyone’s neck, killing anybody or even meeting his maker.

Zack Snyder can have that for the DCEU.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent

Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreiseberg fills in Collider what to expect from Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman. It’s learned they are going with a more classic route with the Man of Steel as their version is inspired by Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and George Reeves and is more experienced than the Henry Cavill Big Blue.

I think our take on him is probably something a little bit moretraditional. There’s certainly a little bit of the “Aw shucks” abouthim, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about himas Superman and as Clark. If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that alsomeans that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interviewsomebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone.

As always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptationof a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things thatwe love. So, there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman inthere, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, whichwe’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, alittle George Reeves, and a little Super Friends.

And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to doSuperman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We’ve been fans of hisfor years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman. Not just with thelooks, but he’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open andforthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you’re aroundhim, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, butnot in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can doanything, even though he’s the one that can do anything. And Tyler just hadall that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was morea question of hoping he would say yes. After Tyler, I’m not sure what wewould have done.

Regarding what happens between Supergirl and her cousin, Superman, Kreisbergoffers:

That’s a lot of what’s happening in those first episodes. Kara iscaught a little bit in the middle between Clark, who’s her family, and Alex,J’onn, Winn and James, which is this amazing family that she’s made forherself. There’s definitely conflict that arises that puts Kara squarely inthe middle, which we’re excited about.

Supergirl Season 2 premiers Monday, October 10th at 8pmET on The CW.

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