Although Supergirl debuted on CBS for the first season of the DC Comics-based superhero drama, the series will be making its way to The CW for season 2, where the show will air alongside Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. While there has been plenty of discussion about what the change in network means for Supergirl – ranging from more crossovers to a smaller role for Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) – another big talking point concerning Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) sophomore outing is the official introduction of her superpowered cousin.
Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman will be played by Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) in the Supergirl season 2 premiere, and he’s slated to appear in the following episode as well. Set photos have teased plenty about the Man of Steel’s arrival, from his iconic costume change to his home city of Metropolis. While The CW unveiled the first official look at Hoechlin’s Superman earlier this summer, a new photo offers another look at his battle-worn suit. Plus Hoechlin discusses his take on the iconic DC hero.
EW released a new photo of Superman standing alongside Supergirl in the second episode of season 2, titled ‘The Last Children of Krypton’. This new image offers fans a better look at the Superman suit, including the coloring that resembles Kara’s costume, though it seems to be more well-worn – which makes sense since Clark has been in the business of superheroics for longer than Kara. Take a look at the photo:
Additionally, Hoechlin spoke to EW about taking on the role of Superman for The CW’s DC Comics drama. He revealed he hasn’t watched any Superman films since landing the role because, “[We want to] honor the tradition that is the character without really emulating anything that somebody else has done before.” On his version of Superman specifically, Hoechlin said:
It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be, which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. You don’t have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. He sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in.
Certainly, Hoechlin has previously spoken about how his take on Superman will maintain Clark’s humor, which will work alongside Benoist’s at-times goofy portrayal of Kara. Plus, Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg mentioned the show’s Superman will be “more traditional.” But, fans of lighter versions of Superman will likely be excited to hear that Supergirl’s take on the Man of Steel will maintain that optimism. At the very least, it will provide counterprogramming to the “dark and brooding” version of Superman in Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe that has drawn criticism from certain fans.
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.