Ever since the character snapped General Zod’s neck at the end of 2013’s Man of Steel, Henry Cavill’s more sombre, brooding take on the Big Blue Boy Scout has been met with a lot of controversy from Superman fans. These same fans will be pleased to hear, then, that Supergirl‘s version of the hero will be much more in line with the classic image we all have of the Last Son of Krypton.
In an interview with Collider, co-creator and exec producer Andrew Kreisberg talked about the show’s interpretation of the character, as played by Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin:
“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.”
With Hoechlin’s Superman being drawn from so many different interpretations, let’s hope that the actor can encapsulate just what made those versions popular and win over the fans.
We’ll find out when Supergirl returns on Monday 10th October on The CW.
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