Superman, one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time, is coming back to the small screen in Supergirl this Fall. Portrayed by Teen Wolf's Tyler Hoechlin, the new depiction of the Man of Steel will exist separately from that of Henry Cavill's big screen rendition, and because of that, the comparisons between the two have already begun. Cavill's stoic, silent, and understandably stressed out Superman appeals to certain audiences on a special level, but for those not terribly in love with him, Hoechlin's depiction offers the gift of variety.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is seeking to drive that point home ahead of Hoechlin's big introduction. In a new interview, Kreisberg said that the Superman fans can expect on Supergirl will be far more traditional, finding his roots in the classic comics and DC's animated shows, as well as past performances from Christopher Reeve. But don't worry about everyone's favorite Boy Scout being too much of a goody two-shoes - he's also a seasoned superhero with a lot to teach his ambitious cousin.
During an interview with Collider, Kreisberg said, "There’s certainly a little bit of the 'Aw shucks' about him, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark." He also hinted that Clark Kent's career as a journalist - such as it was depicted in Lois & Clark - will play a part in Superman's keen intuition: "If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone."
As far as influences go, the line-up is perfectly on brand for the sometimes-uplifting, sometimes-heartbreaking Supergirl TV show. Kreisberg said that Hoechlin's performance is based on a variety of sources, stating that "there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends."
Hoechlin was an instant shoe-in for the role of Superman on Supergirl, according to Kreisberg, who said that the actor is Superman: "Not just with the looks, but he’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open and forthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way ... [a]nd Tyler just had all that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was more a question of hoping he would say yes."
Fans will have a chance to see Hoechlin's take on Superman when Supergirl season 2 debuts on The CW this fall.
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, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.