First Look at Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent in Supergirl
Tyler Hoechlin has been tapped to play Clark Kent / Superman in the Supergirl television series (originally on CBS, now on CW). You may remember Hoechlin, as we do, from MTV’s Teen Wolf. Tyler Hoechlin made a good werewolf. He has dark hair and piercing eyes. He seems to grow a beard easily, and in fact, even when he’s cleanshaven he appears to have an eternal 5-o’clock shadow as those wolf hairs claw their way back through his skin. He can bend his eyebrows down into extreme anger and fierceness, and even when his face is at rest, his eyebrows seem to be in an ever-furrowed state.
Will Tyler Hoechlin make a good Superman? Will he make a good Clark Kent? It’s not really fair to pass judgement without seeing any footage, but now that the CW has released official photos from the first couple of season 2 episodes of Supergirl, our curiosity is peaked.
Now, the most important and determining factor in whether Tyler Hoechlin works well as Clark Kent and Superman will be, of course, his performance. We won’t see that for while, so for now, let’s examine what information and images we do have access to.
Should Superman Be a Really Bug Guy?
You could easily argue that Superman’s strength comes from the fact that he’s a Kryptonian, that his body density is way different than ours, and all that pseudoscience. You could easily say that he doesn’t need to be really tall or have really big muscles. But for me, Superman works best in both live action and animation when he’s big. Tyler Hoechlin is not a small guy. At 6′ 0″, he’s right there with Henry Cavill (6′ 1″) who played Clark in Man of Steel (2013), and Brandon Routh (6′ 2″) who played Clark in Superman Returns (2006). However, everyone’s favorite live-action Superman, Christopher Reeve, while not a giant, was pretty tall at 6′ 4″.
Supergirl Season 2 Starts October 10
Anyway, we’re not here to take potshots at Tyler Hoechlin. We’re excited to see Kal-El in action when season 2 of Supergirl starts on the CW, October 10, 2016.
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