Tyler Hoechlin Didn’t Even Have to Audition For The CW’s Superman

Friday, 02 September 2016 - 4:57PM
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Friday, 02 September 2016 - 4:57PM
Tyler Hoechlin Didn’t Even Have to Audition For The CW’s Superman
With Superman making his next small screen debut in just a little over a month, everybody seems to be talking about Tyler Hoechlin and his upcoming role as Supergirl's Man of Steel. As of right now, it would seem that fans' opinions on the casting of Hoechlin are currently quite divided. However, a bit of news has emerged that should hopefully inspire more confidence in Hoechlin's abilities to bring this beloved character to life.

According to Hoechlin, he wasn't even required to audition for the role. In fact, from the story he told of his conversation with producers Berlanti and Kreisberg, it would seem that they had Hoechlin in mind for the role almost immediately. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
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Honestly, it was the strangest thing - there wasn't an audition…I had a great meeting with [executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg [in June]. I had been told that the meeting would have something to do with Supergirl, but nothing really specific. Halfway through, they brought up the idea of introducing Superman to the show and asked if I'd be interested. I said, 'Yeah, absolutely. I'm obviously a fan.' I believe that was on a Monday. On Friday, we got a call with the offer, so it was very quick. It was very flattering, and I wish every job came about that way.
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The fact that the producers were seemingly so confident and enthusiastic about Hoechlin taking on the part of Superman certainly inspires confidence on the part of the viewer. Though the DC TV universe is far from perfect, their outstanding work on The Flash, Arrow (though whether anything past season 2 of Arrow could be called outstanding is incredibly questionable), Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl has been more than apparent. So if Berlanti and Kreisberg are truly this optimistic about Hoechlin, fans should probably give them the benefit of the doubt - they know what they're talking about.

At this point, there seems to almost be a historical tradition of comic fans bemoaning a certain casting decision only to later repent and unabashedly praise the actor after they've actually had the chance to see him in the role. Considering that Hoechlin is taking part in this tradition just as Michael Keaton, Heath Ledger, Grant Gustin, and Ben Affleck did before him simply means he's currently in some pretty good company. Hopefully, Hoechlin continues that tradition and makes his detractors eat their words come October.

Supergirl season 2 premieres on Monday October 10th.
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