Supergirl Season 2’s Superman is “like Christopher Reeve”

Supergirl showrunner Ali Adler on Tyler Hoechlin’s new Superman

We had always assumed that Supergirl’s take on the Man of Steel was destined to remain a Charlie from Charlie’s Angels-type figure: forever on the shadows, just out of reach or just missed.

Luckily, the creators of the show seem to have realised that such storylines are utterly tedious – therefore, Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin will be the latest live-action Superman, following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill et al. According to showrunner Ali Adler, it was the former who provided the most inspiration.

“[Tyler] has that light-heartedness that Christopher Reeve has, and we just love that – in the way that Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl is so natural and relatable – so that was very alluring for us about Tyler. We really always gravitate towards that Christopher Reeve type because he’s more relatable and more funny, and just more grounded.”

Supergirl Season 2 Superman Tyler Hoechlin
Tyler Hoechlin’s Kal-El will be more in the Christopher Reeve mould.

Considering that The CW’s shows have been limited in which characters they’ve been allowed to portray (the marginalisation/killing-off of the Suicide Squad characters post-movie announcement being a prime example), we asked Adler if she’s ever felt limited in who they can take from the comic books. Reassuringly, the answer is a resounding no.

“I think that DC has been so generous and cooperative in terms of giving us the best of their heroes and villains… I mean, we can have Superman this season for the first couple of episodes, a huge historic event for us, and there’s going to be other names that you will hear soon.”

Supergirl Season 2 will air on The CW in the US from 10 October 2016, and in the UK on Sky1 later on in the year – read our full interview in issue 122 of SciFiNow. You can own Supergirl Season 1 on Blu-ray™ and DVD now. You can download The 25 Greatest DC Comics Ever digital edition from now. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.