How Tyler Hoechlin Will Be Playing Superman In Supergirl

Since Supergirl first aired on CBS, fans have been wondering when the Man of Steel would finally be making his small screen appearance on the dramedy. While we got a glimpse of the Man of Steel in pre-teen form in Season 1, a full grown actor has recently been cast for Season 2 and will be presumably donning the cape and spandex.

Actor Tyler Hoechlin was recently announced to be cast as Superman, and soon after he sat down with The Daily Mail regarding his approach to playing the famous Kryptonian. With so many other actors taking on the role of Clark in recent years, he was asked if he'll be comparing himself to Henry Cavill's big screen version of the character.

I never try to compare and contrast performances because it's such an iconic character already. Superman is Superman so I'm just going to try to carry on the tradition of that and play that part.

There you go, ladies and gents. Tyler Hoechlin won't be looking to big screen adaptations like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for inspiration or comparison.

Of course, Tyler Hoechlin's statement makes perfect sense. Supergirl as a whole is a fairly light show, despite having some fight scenes and heavy drama along the way. This is a stark change from the big screen version of Superman, which is decidedly morose and dark. Zack Snyder's additions to the DC Extended Unierse have included heroes that spend half the movie brooding, and the other half kicking the crap out of each other.

Supergirl, on the other hand, is much lighter. Kara has a strong support system behind her, a group of friends who know her secret identity, and she finds time to have hilarious day job hijinx. While Clark Kent gets chewed out by Perry White in Batman v Superman, Kara has her very own The Devil Wears Prada plotline happening at CatCo; it's not quite the same level of seriousness.

And speaking logistically, there isn't much that Tyler Hoechlin could really take from Henry Cavill's Superman, especially as he was in Dawn of Justice. We previously reported just how few lines Clark Kent go to speak in the movie, despite being one of its two stars. Since TV is usually more dialogue-heavy and Hoechlin will presumably become a significant character in the world of the show as a whole, he's not going to be able to look at the most recent version of Superman for any real pointers.

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Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.