Tyler Hoechlin Talks About the Possibility of a Superman TV Series

Pictured: Tyler Hoechlin as Clark/Superman – Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW – © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Fan Fest San Jose took place across this past weekend at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, where some of the cast members of The CW’s superhero TV shows were in attendance. Tyler Hoechlin, who has appeared as Clark Kent/Superman in a number of “Supergirl” episodes, spoke about his upcoming involvement in the 3-night “Elseworlds” crossover event and what it’s been like working with Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch in the role of Lois Lane.

“Bitsie in a way is very Lois Lane like,” he revealed. “She’s had as similar upbringing, in strange ways.”

“Even when we first introduced our version of Clark and Supergirl and Superman a couple years ago, he’s an established Superman. He’s been doing this while and that relationship with Lois has been there for a while. They are very much an item, his better half, because they’re at that point.”

The Flash — “Elseworlds, Part 1” — Pictured (L-R): Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent and Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

As for how he originally landed the role, Hoechlin says it all started with a half-hour meeting he had with producers.

“We talked about what’s cool about Superman, and what stood out about him to me in general. Two weeks later, I got a phone call with the offer. We had a very similar view of who Superman was in this world in the context of this show.”

When approaching the character, Hoechlin explains his personal thoughts on who Superman/Clark Kent is.

“There’s Clark, Clark the performance, and then there’s Superman. Superman is a public image. He’s not Superman to him he’s just Clark. So, sometimes he has to be the full character of Clark. Sometimes, he has to be a little of that and close to center, and sometimes he’s rawly himself. For me it sits in at least five different places, and figuring out with the context of the scene who’s in the scene, where that needle is moving one way or the other.”

So will we ever see him starring in his own Superman TV series?

“I cannot confirm anything like that,” he says. “I hear all the same stuff, But I have no idea where it comes from. In this world of TV and movies, anything can happen. I feel like there are a lot of people in some offices who are making those decisions. When I first said I was doing this, it was with two episodes. Now it’s turned into seven episodes. We’ve tripled what it was going to be, so it’s nice to do what we’ve been able to do so far.”

Source: Fanfest.com

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Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I hope it happens. Tyler is great in the role. And I really really want a Superman show. If It doesn’t happen , then I hope that they make his Superman’s visiting role more frequent. Maybe rotate him around the other DC superhero shows.

Ultimate_Superman
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Ultimate_Superman

I have no desire to see a Superman show on the CW again. With all due respect I think he does a good job but I just prefer a Superman show to be on DC streaming service and I would also prefer it to be a straight up Superman show. Not Superman and a bunch of sidekicks or him and team Superman with a bunch of people knowing who he is. Just a straight up, story focused 8 to 12 episode show like Titans or Daredevil.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I respectfully disagree Ultimate_Superman. I don’t think that a steaming service would work. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t like the idea of paying extra for shows that aren’t available on networks that I already paid for. I’m fine with the idea of a Superman show on HBO or syfi if not the CW. I just want a Superman show with this version of Superman. And yeah, his suit does need a little bit of fixing. As I said, this is just how I feel, and I understand that you have different views on the subject than… Read more »

MattComics
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MattComics

I like getting Tylers thoughts on how he approaches the character. I feel like there is Clark Kent the man who was born Kal-El but raised in Smallville who learned of his great powers and his origins who then became a mild-mannered reporter at the Daily Planet who uses his powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men as Superman. Being Superman the hero and being Clark Kent the reporter are extensions of that same person and neither is necessarily “fake” so much as these aspects are adapted to have more contrast and distinction in order to protect his secret… Read more »

GodzillaofSteel
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GodzillaofSteel

I think I’d enjoy a Superman TV series with Tyler Hoechlin as Superman/Clark Kent. If it were to ever happen, I wouldn’t mind Superman having some crossovers every now and then. However, I don’t want Superman to be a “sidekick” to another hero for any kind of crossover. Just bring us a straight-ahead Superman TV series and showcase the greatness of both Superman and Clark Kent. We need to also see his supporting cast of characters from the Daily Planet like Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, and Steve Lombard, as well as other supporting characters in Superman/Clark Kent’s life… Read more »

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I couldn’t agree with you more GodzillaofSteel. Well said. Superman needs to have his own tv show. I hope that one day CW will realize this, and give us a show soon.

GodzillaofSteel
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GodzillaofSteel

@Spidey2878 – Exactly! I hope CW realizes the need for a Superman TV show sooner rather than later.

redcape
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redcape

No thanks. It’ll just deteriorate into a weekly soap opera. These shows cost a lot and sub par effects(yes, good at times), along with weekly drama is already what we’re dealing with now. I for one don’t want that just for the sake of Superman being on a TV series. Belongs on the big screen.

victor4782
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victor4782

Knowing the CW they’ll just emasculate Superman.

Lana2k5
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Lana2k5

I think The CW did that a long time ago. And by a long time ago, I mean well before 2015.

cpm72586
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cpm72586

If they’re going to do a Superman show, I’d much rather see it on a channel like HBO. The quality would just be way better then what the CW can offer. Not to mention if it’s on the CW, it’s likely going to be a 22-24 episode season. That’s a lot of filler in there. If it were on a channel like HBO it would be much more streamlined at something like 10 episodes, and the stories/characters would be much better served. Superman needs a shot in the arm in the court of public opinion. I don’t think a middling… Read more »

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I’ve always enjoyed the different interpretations of Clark and Superman. The version where Clark is the disguise or when Superman is a disguise, it’s all compelling to me and opens up different avenues for storytelling. I feel I got the best of both worlds with the Reeve era in movies and the Byrne era for comics. Sometimes they divide him up even further which is also interesting: Kal el, Clark on the farm, Clark in metropolis, Superman. Good stuff. If we ever do get another Superman show, I will echo what some of you are saying and say that I… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

With all that’s on right now I don’t think there’s enough audience to keep a full time Superman series on for a lengthy time. So we’d just see something else regarding Superman diluted even more. Belongs on the big screen.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I wholeheartedly agree that he belongs on the big screen, but it sounds like there is no movement on that coming any time soon… but they’re already starting talks on aquaman 2! Yay? Idiots putting cart before the horse again

Lana2k5
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Lana2k5

But when? As of late there are no plans for a Justice League follow-up or even a Man of Steel sequel. And Cavill is headlining the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.

Actually, both Superman actors have Netflix series coming. Hoechlin is co-starring in the space drama Another Life.

Phil
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A “Superman” television series would, in my opinion, work much better that a feature film. A television series is more character-driven, whereas a feature film is action-driven. In the case of recent Superman appearances in feature films, the action has been over-the-top catastrophic. Tyler Hoechlin may make a good “series Superman.” He projects the necessary sincerity. I would suggest the costume designers make a few alterations to the suit: 1. Lose those oversized leather shoulder straps. They serve no function and are a distraction. 2. Eliminate those small masking tape-like devices that appear to be holding his chest insignia in… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

It’s not the suit or anything else. The CW has from day one tinkered with all their looks. BUT …the issue of making a weekly series is going to revolve around exactly what their doing with Supergirl. We all know what Superman is capable of so all we’d see him in is weekly dramas that end up with him on the out side of things, only to prevail in the end. That’s all they can do with him. We’ve already got that with Supergirl. We had ten years of him as Clark Kent and seen him do everything Superman-ish without… Read more »

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Well I have to respectfully disagree with you redcape. I’m not looking for a debate, nor do I wish to start one.You have your opinions, and I have mine. I’m not changing my mind about wanting a Tyler Hoechlin Superman tv series. That’s just how I feel. And I don’t expect you to change your mind. Everyone has their own opinions on Superman. With that said, I wish you a Happy Friday.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Happy Friday everyone! Today you get a thumbs up from me. Even if your views are different from mine, or if I don’t agree with those views, you still get a thumbs up. So celebrate, it’s Friday!

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Only two days till the crossover event! This is so exciting, I can’t wait! Hopefully these episodes will convince the CW to give us more Superman. He belongs in every media. He’s the greatest superhero after all. He should be celebrated.