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.