Tyler Hoechlin is the new Superman. Warner Bros. has just announced that the actor, known for his role on MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” will be donning the iconic red “S” and cape on “Supergirl.” Hoechlin will be seen on the show first as Clark Kent at the beginning of the show’s second season this fall to help the season start off with a bang as it moves from CBS to the CW.
“Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman,” stated “Supergirl” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in the official announcement. “We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”
The details as to the extent of Superman’s role in “Supergirl” are not yet known. We do know that Clark will be introduced while “visiting” his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) at the start of the season. It can probably be safely assumed that Superman will be seen sparingly throughout the season so as not to overshadow the character of Supergirl, which fits in perfectly with their approach to the character so far. In the first, season we only saw glimpses of him in flashback scenes and held off from getting involved in Supergirl’s exploits so that she could become her own person without his involvement.
“For us, Superman is more of an idea than it is a personification of the character, so we’re more than happy to have him backlit,” Kreisberg said in regard to his season one appearances. “We’re perfectly happy to have him swoop in, save Kara in Episode Three, because the real heart of the story is that she then kicks Reactron’s butt. She’s the one that takes him down, and that’s what much more important for us.”
Kreisberg went on to confess, “So it’s not like we’ve been asking for more Superman or can we do it like this or can we have him in this. For us, we’re perfectly happy with the amount of Superman that we’ve had because it’s the exact amount that we’ve asked for.”
Clark Kent isn’t the only new character to be added to season two of “Supergirl.” We’ll also be introduced to Lex Luthor’s sister, a detective named Maggie, and journalist Snapper Carr.
“Supergirl” will air on Mondays at 8 PM ET this fall on the CW.