The CW’s Superman Will Be More Like Christopher Reeve and Less Like Henry Cavill

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 9:43PM
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 9:43PM
The CW’s Superman Will Be More Like Christopher Reeve and Less Like Henry Cavill
Superman has been struggling quite a bit in the live action arena as of late, but that might be about to change. Not only is a more lighthearted take on the character coming to the DCEU, but the Superman of DC's CW universe is also going to be going back to the characters early live action roots and delivering a more nostalgic and classic take on the character.

Collider recently sat down with Supergirl EP Andrew Kreisberg and got the lowdown on what their take on the Man of Tomorrow is going to be like, and it looks like it could be the Superman everyone has been waiting for.

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I think our take on him is probably something a little bit more traditional. There's certainly a little bit of the "Aw shucks" about him, but he's been Superman for awhile, so there's a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark. If he's been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he's been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone.

As always, with any of these things, we're never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there's a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we're huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends.

And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to do Superman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We've been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman. Not just with the looks, but he's such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he's so open and forthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you're around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he's the one that can do anything. And Tyler just had all that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was more a question of hoping he would say yes. After Tyler, I'm not sure what we would have done.
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The point seems clear: Hoechlin's Superman is going to be absolutely nothing like Cavill's Superman. Or at least, he's going to be absolutely nothing like Cavill's Superman was in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, as DC has already made statements about wanting to do the character justice moving forward.

I actually really liked Man of Steel, and how it took a Herculean sort of route with Earth's greatest hero, displaying Superman going through arduous labors of his own as he walked the road to godhood. It was also Shakespearean in a sense, as it was the first cinematic attempt of making the story of Superman more of a tragedy. However, the movie ended on a happy note, with Clark smiling and Lois welcoming him "to the Planet."

Looking back, that should have been the turning point for Cavill's Man of Steel. When people go to watch movies about Superman, they don't go to feel like they did when they saw Ophelia die in Hamlet or when they watched Macbeth going mad after murdering the king. Though a tragic take on the origins of Superman was original and filled with spectacle, the entire story of Superman is not a tragedy. Sadly, Snyder and co. took that vision past its limits by making Batman v Superman an even more tragic film, and at that point, it seemed like an inspiring, hope-filled Superman may have never been in the cards to begin with.

Thankfully, though, the CW is looking to get their version of Superman right from the start. Though there has been some major criticism of the casting decision, there almost always is every time the CW casts a major superhero (consider Grant Gustin, who is now loved by practically everyone). So who knows? Hoechlin could very well be a fan favorite by this time next year. If he's received well enough, then the Man of Tomorrow could become a bigger part of DC's small screen universe, and could eventually even give rise to a small screen Justice League. Now that would be perfect.
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