UPDATE: EW recently posted another Superman-focused post with a new image, and extra insight from actor Tyler Hoechlin. Here's what he had to say about the role:
“Honestly, it was the strangest thing — there wasn’t an audition. I had a great meeting with [executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg [in June]. I had been told that the meeting would have something to do with Supergirl, but nothing really specific. Halfway through, they brought up the idea of introducing Superman to the show and asked if I’d be interested. I said, ‘Yeah, absolutely. I’m obviously a fan.’ I believe that was on a Monday. On Friday, we got a call with the offer, so it was very quick. It was very flattering, and I wish every job came about that way.”
“Obviously [we want to] honor the tradition that is the character without really emulating anything that somebody else has done before. I didn’t want to have any temptation to imitate.”
“It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be, which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. You don’t have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. He sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in.”
My co-contributor Mario will enjoy that.
This fall will see the arrival of Supergirl on the CW, which is, let's be real, the network the show should have debuted on to begin with. Given that it's a Greg Berlanti joint, and that all of his other DC shows already inhabit the CW, it seemed like a natural choice. After a single season on CBS, that move has finally been made a reality.
With the fall premiere getting closer, we're seeing more and more what the CW is bringing to the table for the show, and if this trailer is any indication, those who appreciated the tone and style of Season 1 will be getting a lot to love here -- including tongue-in-cheek fourth wall-breaking references.
Check out the brand new trailer below:
In addition to the new network, perhaps one of the biggest draws to this coming season is the arrival of Superman as an actual character. Up until this point, we've only seen him as a silhouette, and in the grand scheme of things, he was nothing more than a plot device. However, with Season 2, we'll be seeing him in the form of actor Tyler Hoechlin, who viewers make recognize from Teen Wolf.
Of course, with any incarnation of Superman, one of the most important aspects of the character is his red, white, and blue duds. Speaking with EW, Hoechlin talked about the suit, how it makes him feel when he's dressed up, and how difficult it was to get into.
“It’s one of those things where you put it on, and it’s the nicest Halloween costume you’ve ever worn. 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.”
“The first couple of times it definitely took longer to get into. 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.”
“It’s kind of like putting on a wetsuit. I’ve 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, so that’s been helpful in the process.”
Supergirl hits the CW on October 10, 2016!