The Internet blew up when news broke that Greg Berlanti and company had cast the actor that would be their Superman when Supergirl returns to television (on new network The CW) in the Fall. Supergirl, as you probably know, is the fourth show in the DC TV Universe as produced by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (also of Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow). It aired last season on CBS to mediocre ratings and mixed fan and critic reviews.
The series stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Kal-El (aka Clark Kent aka Superman). CBS ended up dropping the series at the end of it's first season, however it was picked up sister network (and home to Berlanti and Kreisberg's other shows) The CW for its second season. The switch was a welcome one to fans who felt that CBS was the wrong fit for the show and, following a successful crossover with The Flash, wanted to see more interactivity between the other popular shows.
It was announced a couple of weeks ago that the Man of Steel would be appearing in the first two episodes of the second season and immediate speculation went to who would be playing him. Well, as of today, we have our answer. So, in true Internet fashion, let the examinations begin.
Our new Superman is Teen Wolf actor Tyler Hoechlin. I'll be honest...I'm not familiar with him (which is probably good given the notion that Richard Donner set forth about the importance of an "unknown" actor playing Superman). I have never seen Teen Wolf and I haven't watched Road to Perdition (one of his first movies) since it was released. I can't gauge him on acting ability. He looks the part well enough and I tend to put a lot of faith in the producers for casting appropriate and talented people. However, there do appear to be some discrepancies with the casting and the version of Superman that had been frequently implied throughout the first season of Supergirl.
Is Tyler Hoechlin the right choice for the new Superman?
Hoechlin is 28 years old, which would normally be fine for the age range that most CW shows go after. However, it should be noted that Melissa Benoist is only 27. In the series, Superman was already established as Superman when Kara crashed on Earth at roughly 15 years old. The series takes place about 10 years after that, which means the Man of Steel has had plenty of opportunity to age and should be significantly older than his cousin.
Likewise, Mehcad Brooks (the actor playing Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen) is 35. While these shows are open to interpretation, it has been pretty common for Jimmy to be younger than Superman. While I'm sure Tyler Hoechlin is a fine actor who will do some good stuff with the character and the material, it can't be overlooked that a 30-something actor would have been more appropriate given the established details that we, as an audience, were given throughout the first season.
This will mark the first time that Superman has been seen on television since Tom Welling donned the suit (with the help of CGI) in the series finale of Smallville five years ago. Hoechlin also beats out some fan favorite choices such as Matt Bomer and the aforementioned Welling (whom was apparently open to playing the part again). It's not known whether either actor was ever being considered but many a fan cast had name dropped them over the last couple of weeks.
Personally I would have loved to see Matt Bomer take on the role. He's age appropriate, looks the part, is a hell of an actor and is familiar with the character (having voiced him in the animated film Superman: Unbound, as well as played him in a series of Japanese car commercials).
What do you think? Are you excited for Tyler Hoechlin as our new Superman?
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