Tyler Hoechlin said that suiting up as Superman on the set of “Supergirl” Season 2 has been a surreal experience for him.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hoechlin revealed that wearing the Man of Steel’s costume gives him an incredible feeling which evolves into something much better once he’s on set and starts filming.
“It’s one of those things where you put it on, and it’s the nicest Halloween costume you’ve ever worn,” the 28-year-old actor said. “Then, once you step on set, it becomes something different because people actually start addressing you as Superman. You’re in the scenes, and people are playing along that you are Superman, so that’s when it really hits you for a second. You have to then believe that you are this person, and just really own it and roll with it. That was really the moment that it hit closest to home.”
While Hoechlin apparently enjoyed filming his two-episode stint in the sophomore run of the CBS-turned-CW series, the “Teen Wolf” alum admitted that wearing his character’s costume had not been easy, especially during his first few attempts. Fortunately, he soon discovered that putting a plastic bag over his feet and hands while putting the spandex on will make the process less time-consuming.
While it took time before Hoechlin figured out the right way to get into his superhero costume, he actually landed the iconic role faster than a lot of people thought.
In an interview with Collider at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that Hoechlin was apparently Greg Berlanti’s first choice for the role.
“As soon as we said we were going to do Superman, [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler,” Kreisberg recalled. “We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman.”
Although Superman is only slated to appear in the first two episodes of Season 2, Kreisberg revealed to TVLine that Clark Kent will help Kara learn a very important lesson during his stay in National City.
If Season 1 was about Kara learning to be a hero, Kreisberg said that Season 2 is about Kara trying to merge her role as protector of the city and her role as an employee at CatCo Worldwide Media into one — and she is going to get some pointers for that from Superman.
“She’s always felt like Clark [Superman’s alter ego] makes everything look so easy — he’s effortlessly Superman, and he’s effortlessly a great boyfriend, and effortlessly a great reporter,” Kreisberg said of how Kara sees her cousin. “And one of the things he admits to her is that none of this is easy … that ‘I’m making it up as I go, and some days are better than others.’”
“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.