Fans were thrilled when it was announced in June that Tyler Hoechlin will be playing Superman, a.k.a. Clark Kent, in Season 2 of “Supergirl.” But how exactly did the actor land the role of the popular superhero character?
In an interview with Collider at the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier this month, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg shared how Hoechlin ultimately scored his Man of Steel role.
“As soon as we said we were going to do Superman, [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler,” Kreisberg said. “We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman.”
In addition to the fact that Hoechlin physically resembles Superman, Kreisberg said that the “Teen Wolf” alum also shares the iconic character’s personality.
“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,” explained Kreisberg. “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,” Kreisberg revealed. “After Tyler, I’m not sure what we would have done.”
Despite the hype surrounding Superman’s arrival in National City, executive producer Sarah Schechter said that Hoechlin’s role on the show is strictly supporting as the focus of the series is still on Supergirl.
“This show is about family," Schechter said during the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel (via Variety) last July. "It's about the family that you make as an adult and this family that's come together and then it's also about the family you came from, [and] we have Clark to represent the family. I think it's only natural now that Kara reconnects with him.”
"Clark is the one part of her family that's still alive," Schechter added during a roundtable interview with /Film. "[Introducing him to the show is] a way to learn more about Kara."
Kreisberg, Berlanti and fellow executive producer Ali Adler revealed in a statement last June that Superman will appear in the flesh in the first two episodes of Season 2.
“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.