Entertainment Weekly has now published their complete interview with Tyler Hoechlin about playing Superman in Season 2 of “Supergirl”. In the interview he talks about growing up watching “Lois & Clark, how he found out he’d won the role, putting on the costume, and working with Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks. Here’s an excerpt from the long interview…
What comics did you read, or movies did you watch, to prepare for the role?
I read some of the Batman/Superman comics. I was lucky to meet with some of the actual artists and writers for the comics and they had given me a few to take a look at. But as far as movies go, I didn’t go back and look at any of the old ones with Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, or anybody. I didn’t want to have any temptation to imitate, or really pull from that. I had a strong sense of what I personally found interesting about Clark, and about Superman. Again, I had those conversations with Greg and Andrew in the meeting and I just feel like we were very much on the same page with that. So it was just wanting to go ahead and make it our own, and obviously honor the tradition that is the character, but without really emulating anything that somebody else has done before, so I tried to stay away from it as much as possible.
What was it like putting on the costume for the first time?
Very surreal. Very surreal. It’s one of those things where you put it on, and it’s the nicest Halloween costume you’ve ever worn. Then, once you step on set, it becomes something different because people actually start addressing you as Superman. You’re in the scenes, and people are playing along that you are Superman, so that’s when it really hits you for a second. You have to then believe that you are this person, and just really own it and roll with it. That was really the moment that it hit closest to home.