Tyler Hoechlin On Playing An Upbeat Superman

Superman joins The CW’s DC universe with the second season premiere of “Supergirl” next week. Former “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Hoechlin, who plays the role, has promised fans that his version of the Man of Steel will be one more akin to TV’s “Lois and Clark” and the Donner-directed “Superman” films than that of the darker, brooding type in the current Snyder-directed “Man of Steel” films.

Speaking with EW, Hoechlin says it was very important that the character be a symbol of optimism and hope, despite temptations to explore the dark or conflicted parts of him:

“It’s a very hopeful and optimistic show. As an actor, you always love these deep, dark, complicated, conflicted characters – there’s a challenge and that’s something to really dig into. This was something that was fun. It’s pure fun and 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, and that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. That’s just, at the core of it, what it is. Clark is the side of that that is – you know, you don’t have to be dark and brooding, and always in this state of masculine toughness. You can still just be a sweet, gentle person and have that side of you that comes out when it’s needed and called upon.”

The 29-year-old actor adds that “Lois and Clark” was his personal touchstone with the character: “I grew up with Dean Cain on Lois & Clark. I would watch that with my folks, and that was really my strongest tie. That was my introduction to Superman really, so those are my memories, as a kid, growing up with Superman.” His favorite interpretation though? Christopher Reeve – “He was so spot on with it. I feel like I would have to doubt myself if I went with anybody else.”

The trailer for the new season last week also included the throwaway line “We’re moving back to Gotham” which has fans speculation about more “Batman” characters showing up in this universe – even the Caped Crusader himself. Executive producer Allison Adler tells TV Line that they’re not thinking about it at the moment:

“I feel like we have our hands full with the crossover we’re shooting right now. I think people will be satisfied with how much crossover they’re getting this season. We have this beautiful history with DC, and I like that we get to borrow from this amazing, wonderful canon that we have.”

“Supergirl” premieres October 10th on The CW. Check out a clip from the episode which combines footage of Hoechlin’s Superman in action combined with John Williams’ classic score.