So after a season of awkward emails, the odd texts and the blurry appearances, we now get to finally meet the Man of Steel in Supergirl and that will be played by the long awaited Tom Welli… wait, that’s not the guy? you mean… it’s Tyler Hoechlin? You know… the one from Teen Wolf?
With Supergirl crash landing from CBS to The CW, the network has announced that Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin will indeed play the newest version of Superman/Clark Kent, the first live-action television incarnation of the iconic superhero since Smallville staring Tom Welling. We will see Tyler’s first appearance as Superman in the early stages of season 2, where he’ll be going to visit Kara (Melissa Benoist) in National City. It came to a shock for most fans that Welling wouldn’t be reprising his role once again, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Despite the huge success of Smallville, I believe it’s good that Greg Berlanti has decided to go for a new face and let me explain why?
So it’s been 5 years since the final Smallville episode aired and my gosh a lot has happened! We’ve seen a new Green Arrow, new Flash, new Martian Manhunter, Supergirl has landed on earth, Oliver Queen has died more times than I can remember and Legends of Tomorrow have assembled, so Welling has a lot of catching up to do! Now with that being said this Superman appearing in Supergirl is a far lot different than what we saw on Smallville, which raises the question of, would Welling be able to deliver again? Well, we’ll obviously never know that answer, but it would be tricky because realistically, Welling was never really good as Superman; he was good as Clark Kent. We only saw him as Superman for about 20 seconds, so transitioning that would be tough, especially as it’s been a few years now since his portrayal of Clark Kent.
Another factor that would bring uncertainty for having Welling play this role is from an acting point of view, because it’s been so long since he was associated as the Man of Steel, he may have lost that ‘spark’ with the character. Clark Kent has grown into Superman and settled in with all that patriotic heroism, which therefore leaves a chunk missing for Welling to digest, thus making it hard with the connection towards the character and narrative. During an interview with Buzz Feed writer Jarett Wieselman, he himself said ‘There’s people who would like it. There’s people who don’t like it, but I will tell you that no one has ever asked me to do it. So, I don’t know. It would be kind of odd. I don’t know who he is at that point’. So you can understand what Welling is getting at there. Yes, it’s a different character from Smallville, however, they still contain the same entities and it will be a struggle for Welling to connect back in that character’s mind-set when there is so much of the backstory missing.
Another issue that could consist within Supergirl is the some-what continuities issues. Yes, I know that Supergirl and Smallville are two separate, incompatible continuities, but its wouldn’t feel right when watching the show. For some fans like me, who watched every episode of Smallville from start to finish, will have in the back of their minds a sense of confusion even if it is just little. The reason why I am saying this, is due to the fact that, Tom Welling as Clark Kent has already had encounters with The Flash, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow during his Smallville days. So when he sees these protagonists once again, as different actors, fans watching from home who has seen Smallville may feel a bit confused to the continuities of both shows.
Nonetheless, we now have a new live action television Superman and let’s hope Tyler Hoechlin delivers the goods! He’s got a pretty good résumé to back up his acting credentials, appearing in Everybody Want’s Some, Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, 7th Heaven, Road to Perdition, Hall Pass and Solstice, so it’s not like he’s new to all this. In addition to this, it’s good we now have a new face because the DC television universe is heading into some exciting times, especially with the tease of the Justice League in Legends of Tomorrow and the Flashpoint story arc in The Flash, so with the addition of Superman, the line-up is better than ever.
Supergirl season 2 is slated to hit out screens later on this year; most likely to air in October so be sure to check that out. It’s an exciting time for CW and expect big things in the new seasons to come. If you have anything to say regarding the new Superman casting or anything else, then feel free to leave a comment in the passage below.