Superman is a character all about hope, so it’s unsurprising that Tyler Hoechlin – who portrays Superman himself on The CW’s Supergirl – would end up talking about how fans hope that he’ll lead his own spin-off to his recurring role.
Talking at FAN EXPO Canada (hat tip ComicBook.com), Tyler Hoechlin was a bit on the self-deprecating side when it came to Superman spin-off hopes. Specifically, Tyler Hoechlin says that he doesn’t quite think that he has what it takes to carry a full show, since he thinks it might not be dynamic enough to warrant a full season:
“If it was just me on TV for 45 minutes I swear you’d turn it off. If it was just Superman — I mean maybe if you had a few other people around him — but just me, I swear I’m really boring after that much time.”
Nonetheless, Tyler Hoechlin is still open to the idea, and more directly addressed long-running rumors that The CW really was cooking up a spin-off for the iconic, original DC Comics superhero, Superman. Tyler Hoechlin explained that he is well aware of them, and won’t rule anything out. For now, however, Tyler Hoechlin is excited about future crossover appearances:
“I know they’ve had those rumors out there since I think we did the first episode of Supergirl, so who knows? …I’m excited to go back and do the crossovers for now. It was supposed to be two episodes in the beginning, and it’s turned into, we’ve done seven, and however many more I do on [Crisis on Infinite Earths]. So it’s been a good ride so far. We’ll see.”
Since things are up in the air with Henry Cavill’s Superman on the big screen, it seems likely that The CW will capitalize on Tyler Hoechlin’s presence on the small screen instead. Superman is an iconic IP, and one that DC are likely to take advantage of with Tyler Hoechlin in the role. As mentioned, Tyler Hoechlin will play a part in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover; Tyler Hochlin will be joined by Brandon Routh as an alternate version of Superman from another universe.
Here is the official synopsis for Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl:
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, (Melissa Benoist). Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton and was sent to Earth where she was raised by a foster family. Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman, in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later, Kara was living in National City and still concealing her powers, when a plane crash threatened Alex’s life and Kara took to the sky to save her. Now, Kara balances her work as a reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media with her work for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a super-secret government organization whose mission is to keep National City – and the Earth – safe from sinister threats. As Kara struggles to navigate her relationships and her burgeoning life as a reporter, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen/Guardian, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox/Brainiac 5, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer, Andrea Brooks as Eve Teschmacher, Julie Gonzalo as Andrea Rojas/Acrata, Staz Nair as William Dey, Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, andDavid Harewood as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Tyler Hoechlin appears infrequently as Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman.
Supergirl Season 5 premieres on October 6, 2019, on The CW.