After letting Supergirl make a name for herself on the first season of her show, the producers finally brought Superman into the mix at the start of her sophomore season in a role larger than a minor obscured cameo. Enter ‘Teen Wolf’ alum Tyler Hoechlin, who suited up for a two-part storyline as both the Man of Steel and his secret identity Clark Kent.
Hoechlin did a great job and was completely believable as a confident, experienced hero but also likable and charming at the same time. (Just ask Cat Grant!) Now that the precedent was set that Superman could pop up from time to time, fans were anxiously awaiting a return… or better yet a solo ongoing ‘Superman’ series! After all, The CW still has Friday nights devoid of a DC superhero show.
Unfortunately, the Last Son of Krypton won’t be taking on that last prime time spot… or possibly even returning to ‘Supergirl’! CW president Mark Pedowitz dashed hopes while appearing at the Television Critics Association’s press tour:
“Tyler did a great job. There’s no plan to do a series. There are no plans at the moment for him to return [to Supergirl]. If they wish to have him return, we’d love to have him.”
Elsewhere at the TCA press tour, executive producer Greg Berlanti stated:
“Look, we were just really lucky. We asked to have him come on for the first couple episodes and they were great about it. We’d love to have Tyler back, he’s amazing, he was great in the role. In success, I think all those things are possible. I’m always the guy who says ‘yes’ if there seems to be an appetite for it and the people involved are really nice.”
It was previously thought that Superman was mainly off-limits because of Henry Cavill’s prominent role in the DC film universe, but the fact that two versions of ‘The Flash’ will co-exist on the big and little screen seemed to indicate that there could be some overlap.
When asked if the film version of Superman was the cause for any hold up, Pedowitz insisted:
“I can’t even answer the question yet because at this time there are no plans to do it and there have been no discussions about it.”
Unfortunately, it seems that Hoechlin’s turn as Superman was two-and-done.
But who knows what the future holds? It seems that Pedowitz isn’t closed off to the idea of Hoechlin returning and I’m sure most fans feel the same way.
Would you like to see further appearances by Tyler Hoechlin on ‘Supergirl’? Or in his own solo ‘Superman’ series?
Source: Entertainment Weekly