Anticipation is always high for the return of the fall television season. But this year, fans of comic books and their TV adaptations are particularly excited: when October finally comes around, there will be an unprecedented number of DC shows on one network - The CW. Greg Berlanti's Arrowverse grew last year when The CW added Legends of Tomorrow and Barry Allen visited Supergirl on CBS, but now that all four shows are on the same network (and all filming in Vancouver) fans are in store for larger crossovers than ever before.
The crossover possibilities aren't the only reasons to be excited, either. After jumping networks, Supergirl is pulling out all the stops to get fans interested in the series' sophomore season, adding even more superpowers thanks to characters like Mon-El and Miss Martian. But the big name set to appear is none other than Kara Danvers' (Melissa Benoist) cousin, Clark Kent - also known as Superman. A few months ago it was announced that Teen Wolf's Tyler Hoechlin was cast as the iconic Kryptonian. We have already seen Hoechlin in action as the Man of Steel in several set-clips and images, but apparently, the hardest part of playing Superman is dealing with the suit.
The Teen Wolf actor recently spoke with EW about what it was like donning Superman's iconic suit. “The first couple of times it definitely took longer to get into,” explains Hoechlin. “I started to think that Superman’s greatest power was actually being able to just jump into [the suit] as quickly as he does, because it’s not quite as smooth the first couple of times you do it.” Hoechlin eventually got the hang of it, however, describing his process as “kind of like putting on a wetsuit.” He goes on to explain how he's “introduced an old surfing trick, so if put a plastic bag over my feet and hands when I put it on, that seems to cut down a little bit of time.”
Once he was able to get the suit on, though, Hoechlin explains how incredible an experience it was:
“Then, once you step on set, it becomes something different because people actually start addressing you as Superman. You’re in the scenes, and people are playing along that you are Superman, so that’s when it really hits you for a second. You have to then believe that you are this person, and just really own it and roll with it. That was really the moment that it hit closest to home.”
There are only few characters, if any, an actor could portray who are as legendary as Superman. Wearing the blue and red suit puts Hoechlin in special company with the likes of Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and, most recently, Henry Cavill. All these actors have brought their own spin to the Man of Steel, and it will be exciting to see how Hoechlin portrays the most famous living Kryptonian.
Though Tyler Hoechlin is only slated to appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl, seeing him suited up next to Mellisa Benoist's Girl of Steel will be a special sight for fans of the characters. And while we know Clark Kent and Kara Danvers are family and friends, it will be nice to finally see them interact without emojis.
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.