Supergirl hinted, teased, and even used camera trickery throughout season 1 to dance around actually showing us Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) cousin Kal-El, alias Clark Kent. Now that the news has broken about Tyler Hoechlin (of MTV’s Teen Wolf fame) being cast as Superman for the DC TV show’s second season, fans will finally get to see Krypton’s dynamic duo sharing actual screen time.
Slated to appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2, the scope of Hoechlin’s Superman character is unknown at this time. If the Arrowverse has taught us anything it’s that if the fans respond well to this new version of Superman, there’s no doubt producers will find a way to bring him back. Joining a list of actors that includes George Reeves (1950s TV Superman), Christopher Reeve (Superman I-IV), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Tom Welling (Smallville), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), and of course, Henry Cavill, Hoechlin’s Superman portrayal will be different and lighter than what we’ve seen in the DC Extended Universe on the big screen of late.
Speaking to the Daily Mail while promoting his latest film Everybody Wants Some, Hoechlin touched on the prospect of playing Superman in Supergirl season 2:
“I never try to compare and contrast performances because it’s such an iconic character already. Superman is Superman so I’m just going to try to carry on the tradition of that and play that part. I think the fun is going to be finding where Clark Kent is in this world. I’m just excited to find out Clark’s sense of humor.”
A sense of humor and supportive nature we’ve seen in the text messages and IMs that Clark has sent Kara throughout the first season of Supergirl. He praised her after she took down Ben Krull/Reactron (Chris Browning), he uses smiley face emojis when referencing Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), and he’s always available to let Kara know he’s there when she needs him. So far, every digital interaction we’ve seen implies that these cousins are good friends, so it’s sure to be a nice change of pace to see a lighter side of Superman and a return to the accidentally funny and awkward Clark Kent.
Supergirl was built on the premise that Kara was sent to Earth to protect her cousin, but by the time she got here, he was already Earth’s greatest hero. It will be interesting to finally see them interact because he has been here long enough to have mastered being both Superman and Clark Kent. Hopefully he can impart some of that wisdom on to Kara because a major part of her struggle has been trying to find the balance between her superhero and everyday lives.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th, and Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 17th.
Source: Daily Mail