August 26, 2016: Andrew Kreisberg Talks Season 2 of “Supergirl” and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman

160627-SupergirlSeason2In an interview with Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg, Collider.com finds out what we can expect from Season 2 of “Supergirl”, why having a musical crossover episode isn’t a crazy idea, what’s happening with Cat Grant, Mon-El, and casting Tyler Hoechlin as Superman. Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

How daunting was it to figure out how you wanted to portray Superman, what you wanted the dynamic between Clark and Kara to be, and finding the right actor to take all of that on?

KREISBERG: I think our take on him is probably something a little bit more traditional. There’s certainly a little bit of the “Aw shucks” about him, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark. If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone. As always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends. And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to do Superman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman. Not just with the looks, but he’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open and forthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he’s the one that can do anything. And Tyler just had all that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was more a question of hoping he would say yes. After Tyler, I’m not sure what we would have done.

Read the entire interview at Collider.com

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Clarkel
Guest
Supposedly, CW Superman will be “different” from Snyder’s “Superman”….. They claim it will be more like the “animated series Superman” that they’re “huge fans of”. Well hopefully this is true, but did they notice that in the animated series, he still has the REAL costume with the red trunks? Hopefully they’re not just blowing smoke, saying what they know we want to hear (wish they’d have emulated the animated series when it came to Supergirl — that’s the only version of her that makes sense in the context of the Superman world, in my opinion, in that she’s not actually… Read more »
JasEl
Member

Dude, come off it already! No matter what the article is about you ALWAYS bring it back to the stupid trunks! Then you ALWAYS bash Snyder’s take on the character(see next comment). Superman is a CHARACTER, not an OUTFIT!! How can you claim to be a fan of the character when all you seem to care about is his damn underwear?

What he wears is not as important as how he’s portrayed as a hero, as a man. It’s the person that matters, not the costume.

Clarkel
Guest

“As always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there’s a little bit of Dr. Manhattan, a healthy dose of Ultraman, which I’m a huge fan of, a little bit of Batman, a little Injustice, and a little New 52 Superman.”

– Zack Snyder, 2013

KalWill
Member

Dude, why the heck are you bringing up Snyder in an article about a show that has nothing to do with Snyder? Give it a rest bro. The suit is moving on and so should you. Play it like Elsa and let it go.

MattComics
Member

Sounds good to me. I think we’ve seen a lot of rookie Superman over the past decade so it’ll be nice to see him knowing who he is and knowing what he’s doing.

Now if you could just fix that cape attachment…

Supermaniac
Guest

“So, there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends.”

… and a lot of pandering.
Here’s a crazy idea – how about a LOT of Siegel and Shuster.

Clarkel
Guest

I agree, Supermainiac. Not enough people understand what Superman actually is.

JasEl
Member

Says the guy that only seems to care about his wardrobe.

Supermaniac
Guest

“There’s certainly a little bit of the “Aw shucks” about him”

Superman – or Clark Kent, for that matter – was not conceived as an “aw shucks” character. That garbage was lumped onto him in the 1950’s, and is the personae that far too many people still assign to him today – the whole “big blue boy scout” thing. Ugh. That’s like people who still think comic book charcters can only be “camp” thanks to the Batman tv series – half a century ago!!

MattComics
Member

Equally as damaging though has been the big bloated inferiority complex that resulted in constantly over compensating for the 60’s Batman show with relentless grimdark.

Clarkel
Guest

This x1000

Clarkel
Guest

Well said. Superman was conceived as a MAN. A good man, but not an “aw shucks, golly, oh gee” naively good type. I’d like to see a Superman more like Alex Ross has described, there’s a “world weariness” to him.

Kal-Ed
Member

Sounds very promising. But I’ll reserve my judgement for when it finally Airs on TV. All in all…looking forward to this.

doomsday745
Member

“You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he’s the one that can do anything.”

Nice characterization.

MattComics
Member

Indeed. An ability to encourage and inspire are part of Clark’s human powers.

SuperFunTime
Guest
I like the Superman in the current movies, but it’ll be great to have an experienced Superman who knows who he is and has gone through the majority of his insecurities and indecisiveness moments. Personally, I am fine with them incorporating some elements of prior supermen and leaving others alone. I just want them to make their own version of Superman so he stands apart from the others, just as Henry Cavill’s stands apart from Christopher Reeve’s. Unfortunately Brandon Routh’s doesn’t (except for the costume) due to how he was directed to act in the context of the movie he… Read more »
MattComics
Member
Just speculation on my part but I’ve always gotten a sense that this show is taking place at least somewhat further down the line what we kind of think of as classic Superman. So basically Jimmy is older now and in the loop in terms of Clark’s identity as well as apparently having moved on from the Daily Planet (Cat Grant obviously as well). So IMO it would be completely plausible that he and Lois are married now or at the very least she’s in on his secret by this point (just presupposing for a moment that they didn’t do… Read more »
Kal-Ed
Member
There is a huge possibility that Jimmy is on to Superman’s secret and hopefully he is already hooked to Lois. And I’m all for being already an established hero full of confidence and optimism. Keeping the charachter right in the tradition of others that came before Tyler. Here’s hoping he’ll nail it and moves on to his own series, depending on the show’s performance….and Tyler’s. It’s about damn time to see Superman on the small screen again after Smallville has ended 5 years ago. I have no qualms of seeing him in animated form, that’s for sure…But a little change… Read more »
SuperFunTime
Guest

Kal-Ed, you wrote:
“There is a huge possibility that Jimmy is on to Superman’s secret and hopefully he is already hooked to Lois.”

James does know Clark is Superman. He said it to Kara in front of Winn by accident.

Kal-Ed
Member

Oops. My bad. Sorry!!

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