The ‘Supergirl’ Executive Producers Surprised Tyler Hoechlin With The Superman Role

The role of Clark Kent, otherwise known as Superman in the world of DC Comics, isn’t one to take lightly. After all, classic depictions like Christopher Reeve’s and more recent ones like Henry Cavill’s have soared or sunk depending on whether or not audiences accepted their wearing the famous Kryptonian family crest. Maybe that’s why Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin, who will don Kal-El’s iconic robes on the upcoming second season of Supergirl, was so surprised when the show’s executive producers offered him the part. Though it may have had something to do with the way in which they offered it to him.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hoechlin never had to audition for the part:

“Honestly, it was the strangest thing — there wasn’t an audition,” Hoechlin tells EW. “I had a great meeting with [executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg [in June]. I had been told that the meeting would have something to do with Supergirl, but nothing really specific. Halfway through, they brought up the idea of introducing Superman to the show and asked if I’d be interested. I said, ‘Yeah, absolutely. I’m obviously a fan.’ I believe that was on a Monday. On Friday, we got a call with the offer, so it was very quick. It was very flattering, and I wish every job came about that way.”

In other words, Hoechlin showed up to chat about possibly working with Berlanti and Kreisberg, tell them he was a fan of Supergirl, and say “yes” when they mentioned possibly bringing the Superman character into the fold.

Aside from the actor’s apparent ease at getting the part, he seemingly threw some shade at Cavill and director Zack Snyder for their interpretation in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

“It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be… 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.”

Look out for Snyder’s followup to Justice League, Superman v Superman: Dawn, Day and Dusk of the Supermans.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)