Superman fans looking for a more traditional live action portrayal of the character may soon be able to turn to their small screens, as Supergirl's recently-cast Man of Steel Tyler Hoechlin says his version of the character aims to live up to the Superman he knew as a kid.
“It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be,” Hoechlin told Entertainment Weekly. “Which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. You don’t have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. He sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in.”
As for the version of Superman that has most influenced his portrayal, Hoechlin says he grew up watching Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, but that Christopher Reeve is his favorite version of the character - however, he hasn't rewatched Reeve's films since being cast.
“Obviously [we want to] honor the tradition that is the character without really emulating anything that somebody else has done before,” Hoechlin explained. “I didn’t want to have any temptation to imitate.”
Hoechlin will debut as Superman in the October 10 premiere of Supergirl season 2.