Though I can’t say I was a fan of the pilot, the first season of Supergirl had a pretty entertaining second half, boosted nicely by the appearance of Grant Gustin‘s Barry Allen/The Flash. The show’s creative team seemingly got the hint and following the series’ move from CBS to The CW, Superman was added to the reoccurring character list for Season 2 of the show. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeves and Henry Cavill, Everybody Wants Some!! breakout and Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin is set to play the caped crusader in the show, and during a recent interview with our very own Steven Weintraub, he commented on a variety of things involving Superman in Supergirl.
First off, he talked about how humbled he was about taking on the role of Superman, and how he’s been preparing for playing Kal-el. It’s good to hear him talking about taking the role on without trying too hard to replicate what past versions of the character have been focused on, whether it be Christopher Reeves or Henry Cavill. He also went onto talk about how he got the role, and what it’s like working with DC TV mastermind Greg Berlanti, who has made major hits out of The Flash and Arrow over the last few years. If nothing else, Hoechlin’s enthusiasm for the material and his character, as well as the creative team, comes through loud and clear. You can check out the quotes from Steve’s upcoming interview with Hoechlin right below.
Here’s what he had to say about playing Superman:
What does it mean to play Superman on Supergirl?
HOECHLIN: It’s an incredibly humbling and flattering thing to be given that opportunity. I know it’s such an iconic character that means so much to a lot of people. The interesting thing to me is meeting people who are much older than me and saying, “Oh Superman has always been my hero” and shaking my hand, it’s such a weird position to be in because you’re not just assuming that this is a character for a younger generation, it’s for anyone who’s a fan of the character. It’s really exciting, I’m really looking forward to be putting our own spin on it, seeing where this character fits into this storyline, and this version of Superman. Like I said, I take it with great respect for the character and hat it means to people so I’m excited to get to work on it and see what comes out of it.
Here’s what he said about working with Greg Berlanti:
I have to ask, was it your agent, how did you get presented with the role and did you have that moment of, “Really, wait, what?”?
HOECHLIN: I had been meeting with Greg Berlanti and Andrew [Kreisberg] over there at his office and we just sat –I didn’t know what the meeting was for originally and it kind of came up and they said, “Is this something you would like to talk about?” and I was like, “Yeah, sure, let’s talk about it.” And I think we had similar views in what makes the character interesting and fascinating, and it just kind of worked out.
I think Greg Berlanti is a great producer and what he’s done with the shows under his umbrella is really unbelievable.
HOECHLIN: It really is, it’s really impressive, and I’m just excited, he’s such a great guy and I’m really excited to work with them and see what happens in the future.