Tyler Hoechlin Talks About Superman vs. Lex Luthor

Pictured (L-R): Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane – Photo: Katie Yu/The CW – © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Scheduled to appear as a special guest at the Supanova Comic Con in Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia next month, actor Tyler Hoechlin answered a few questions about playing Superman on the “Supergirl” TV series, rumors of a spin-off TV series, and a showdown between the Man of Steel and Lex Luthor.

When approaching the role of Superman Hoechlin explains, “I tried to make sure that I didn’t treat it any differently to any other characters that I’d worked on.”

“Obviously you can’t do that and be completely unaware he’s an iconic character, but for me playing the character, you have to treat it as that character is a real person. I’ve always looked at Superman as someone who doesn’t see himself as iconic. I think he is aware of that, but I don’t think he buys into that, he just takes the responsibility that comes with the powers he has. I wanted to make it as removed from that as possible.”

With Jon Cryer currently in the middle of an arc in which he plays Lex Luthor on the “Supergirl” TV series, there’s been speculation if Lex and Superman will ever face off. “There’s always room for a showdown between Lex and Superman,” Hoechlin chuckles. “I don’t think it’s happening anytime soon. I mean, as far as anything happening, I answer the phone when they call and say they’ve got something. I signed onto this job in the first place with an understanding it would be for two episodes and that was going to be it.”

His role as Superman expanded even further when Hoechlin was an integral part of last season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event, where he teamed up with Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch as Lois Lane. Fans have wondered if there’s any chance of the two getting together for their own series.

“I know those rumours have been floating around as soon as those two episodes aired. Honestly, I try not to think about it too much just because there are so many people involved in making that decision that are not me. I enjoyed absolutely every moment of working with Bitsie, she was phenomenal and did a great job as Lois.”

Tyler Hoechlin will appear at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Melbourne (6-7 April) and Gold Coast (13-14 April). Visit Supanova.com.au for further details.

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March 25, 2019 5:38 pm

I liked his summary of the character, which should always be kind of included in the baseline of his character.

I’d love to see a show or crossover with him and Lex as long as Berlanti and co. Are not in charge of it.

Ideally I’d like to see a 10-13 episode series on the streaming service with a solid budget and new show runners. I like hoechlin in the role and have been impressed with Cryer so I wouldn’t mind them carried over. Wishful thinking on my part though.

March 25, 2019 6:57 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

I think that Tyler’s answers were really good. I do hope that they have a series at some point. If they can’t do it during the fall through spring season, maybe they can do it during the summer to avoid overcrowding of superhero shows. I do like your idea of a 10-13 episode season sundevil82, and maybe even make it a 13 episode per season. I’m not so much of a fan of the show being on a streaming service because I don’t want to pay more for only one show that I would be interested in watching, but that’s… Read more »

March 25, 2019 8:21 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I’d be okay with it being on the Syfy channel as well. Krypton has pretty good production and value and so does The Expanse.

March 26, 2019 12:26 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

I’ve never seen the Expanse. Is it any good?

March 26, 2019 5:01 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I started watching it about a month ago and I’m just about to finish up the third season. Yes it’s very good!

March 26, 2019 6:00 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

The Expanse is one of the greatest sci-fi tv shows ever because of its realism and plausibility. We may not have warp engines in two hundred years, but the show shows us that we will have the technology to travel from one end of the solar system to the other in a few weeks. Highly recommend!

March 26, 2019 6:21 pm
Reply to  SupermanArmy

Couldn’t have summed it up any better.

March 26, 2019 6:44 pm
Reply to  SupermanArmy

Thanks for the info sundevil82 and SupermanArmy. I will definitely look into it.

March 25, 2019 11:24 pm

I like the idea of Hoechlin having his own project to lead (personally, I’d prefer a series of TV movies/specials, but let’s not be too picky). However, I personally would like to see his and Lois’ relationship fleshed out a little more before they jump into their having a child. I like Jonathan Kent in the comics, but let his parents’ characters have a little room to breathe first. Either through a prequel or since the next big crossover is essentially comic book shorthand for retcons anyway…

March 26, 2019 3:52 pm

I always liked the idea of having an anthology program called “DC Comics Presents…” and having a limited run with a character. For example, Superman could have a 6-episode story. The next story could be someone else, say Green Lantern for 2-episodes. I always imagined it to be a summer series of expanding the DC Universe using characters that don’t headline a show.

March 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Reply to  elvisdo

That would be great in an animated format as well!