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Matt McGloin

Tyler Hoechlin Superman Will Be More Classic Version


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.

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 more traditional. 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. 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 always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, 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.

And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to do Superman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he 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. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he’s the one that can do anything. And 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. After Tyler, I’m not sure what we would have done.

Regarding what happens between Supergirl and her cousin, Superman, Kreisberg offers:

That’s a lot of what’s happening in those first episodes. Kara is caught 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 for herself. There’s definitely conflict that arises that puts Kara squarely in the middle, which we’re excited about.

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