It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new Superman. Yes, the Man of Steel himself is coming to Supergirl in Season 2, which will now be airing on the CW, and comic book fan finally know who will be filling that spandex suit for this new iteration of the crime fighter. According to Variety, Tyler Hoechlin is Supergirl's Superman, an actor who should look familiar to fans of Teen Wolf. In a statement from the show's executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, he said, “Greg [Berlanti, producer] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman." With that perfect jawline, it's hard to disagree with Kreisberg on this one. This new TV Superman, who will follow in the Kryptonite-hating footsteps of George Reeves and Tom Wellington, will appear in the first two episodes of the new season visiting his cousin Kara Danvers (aka Supergirl), but is there a chance viewers will be seeing a lot more of Clark Kent in the future?
This may be Hoechlin's first appearance on the show as Superman, but the cape wearing superhero has been a factor in the show since the beginning via the internet. Clark and his cousin Kara have been corresponding through email before a quick glimpse of him was seen at the end of last season. So the show has been teasing Superman's existence — remember that adorable baby version of him that also popped up on Supergirl? — so that he could be a person who drops by every so often to help take down bad guys in National City. In the statement announcing Hoechlin's casting, the show's creators were quick mention that they were "thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl" and how he will be appearing in first two episodes of the new season. Notice the word "only" is missing from that announcement.
A hint that Hoechlin may be gearing up for some serious screen time, like way beyond those two already announced episodes, if all goes right, may be his IMDb page. The actor, who most recently starred in the Richard Linklater comedy Everybody Wants Some! (alongside Blake Jenner, the husband of Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist), has finished four films, with two officially set to be released this year: the British action thriller Stratton and (another) baseball comedy, Undrafted. He will also appear in the next two Fifty Shades movies playing Boyce Fox, an up and coming author who signs with Christian Grey. So, yes, you will get to see a lot more of Hoechlin, perhaps quite literally. But since it seems as if there's not a lot on the docket for him, it could mean he's making time for Supergirl, or at least a DC-related show.
One reason you should definitely not get too worried yet that Hoechlin's casting will change the focus of Supergirl in season 2, which creators teased in an interview with Entertainment Weekly will show fans a "more confident, stronger Supergirl than we’ve ever seen before" is because her move to CW means she's now on a DC Comic filled network. There's Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which could all benefit from a Superman cameo. There's already a new DC comic crossover episode, which has become an annual thing for the network, in the works for December that includes those three shows and Supergirl. Who says Superman won't show up too?
But, while Hoechlin may be making time in his schedule to fly around to different shows to help out a bit, Supergirl has been doing a fine job protecting her city without her cousin. Hoechlin is perfect eye candy, but fans likely only want to see him sparingly in National City. Of course, those same fans but probably would love to see him on the small or big screen a lot more soon. Just hopefully not invading Supergirl's turf.
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