As “Supergirl” heads to The CW for its second season, it also brings with it Superman as a character after only being teased about or seen in the distance in the first season.
“Teen Wolf” and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Tyler Hoechlin takes on the role in what will potentially be a recurring capacity, and the show’s producer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken some more about what we can expect from this version of Kal-El who apparently has been operating as Superman for over a decade. He tells Collider:
“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.”
Kreisberg also spoke about actor Chris Wood’s role as Mon-El and the dynamic that he will develop with Kara. Mon-El is a Daxamite with abilities similar to Supergirl and Superman and is likely the person Kara discovers in the pod at the end of last season: “[Kara]’s always been somebody who’s been taken care of, in a way. [Mon-El] is on Earth and everything he knew was lost, just the way it was for Kara, but she’s had 12 years to process it and he’s struggling with it.”
In fact one of the upcoming episodes has Kara essentially saying: “I was sent to Earth not to be a hero. I wasn’t sent here to be Supergirl. I was sent here to protect Clark and take care of Clark. Now, in an odd way, with Mon-El here, I’m getting to fulfill that original mission that I had.”
The new season of “Supergirl” kicks off October 10th.