Our favorite Kryptonian orphan has a new face! Warner Bros. has announced that Tyler Hoechlin will be donning the iconic red cape for Supergirl’s second season. His addition coincides with the show’s move from CBS to the CW.
Hoechlin played Derek Hale for the first four seasons of MTV’s Teen Wolf and recently received critical acclaim for his role in Everybody Wants Some!. He’s the latest in a long and esteemed list of actors who have become Superman, including George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill.
Season One of Supergirl established the groundwork for a close familial relationship between Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Superman, teasing viewers with text messages exchanged between the two, a vision of Kal El as a young boy, and a casual shot of Superman’s red boots appearing in the end of the season.
Just how much of the Man of Steel we’ll be seeing is still unknown, though Superman’s presence has been confirmed for at least the first two episodes of Season Two.
Speculation regarding who would be taking on the role has been spirited and ongoing, with many hoping for a return to the role for Smallville star Tom Welling. Supergirl executive producer Andre Kreisberg is confident they’ve made the right choice for the role, saying “Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman. We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”
New network and a new Superman? Interesting times for fans of Krypton’s finest. Supergirl will return Mondays this fall at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, and we’ll be watching to see how all this plays out.