A new trailer for Supergirl gives fans their first look at Tyler Hoechlin in action as Superman.
The character will make his debut in the season two premiere of Supergirl, and will appear in the first two episodes of the season. Little is known about the exact nature of his appearance, except that he will be helping his cousin deal with the arrival of both Mon-El, who arrived in a Kryptonian rocket at the end of season one, and also the villain Metallo, played by Frederick Schmidt.
During the first season, Superman was referenced fairly frequently, but rarely appeared — and when he did, he was always obscured by light, shadow, or distance.
“There really isn’t anything we’ve asked for that was not given to us, you know? The show’s called Supergirl and it’s about Supergirl. It’s not like we’ve been jonesing to have Superman on it,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told ComicBook.com last November. “We also didn’t want to…you know, if you’re going to cast Superman, you’ve got cast Superman right! Just like when you think about all the time and effort and energy that’s gone into finding the cinematic Superman over the last thirty years. For us, Superman is more of an idea than it is a personification of the character, so we’re more than happy to have him backlit. We’re perfectly happy to have him swoop in, save Kara in Episode Three, because the real heart of the story is that she then kicks Reactron’s butt. She’s the one that takes him down, and that’s what much more important for us.”
You can check the latest teaser out below.
Almost all of the promotion around Supergirl so far has included Superman to one extent or another — which makes sense, becuase not only is he going to be around for the first two episodes but Superman as a property has rarely been without a live-action TV series for too long in the last fifty years. There were also a number of Supergirl episodes in the show’s first season that referenced Superman comics, including the fan-favorite “For the Girl Who Has Everything,” a fairly direct adaptation of the Alan Moore story “For the Man Who Has Everything.”
Last week, Supergirl announced that The 100‘s Dichen Lachman had been cast as the villain Roulette. Besides Lachman’s Roulette, Supergirl‘s second season will bring in Hoechlin as Superman, Sharon Leal as Miss Martian, Chris Wood as Mon-El, Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, and Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer. Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter will star as the as-yet-unnamed President of the United States.
Supergirl will return to The CW on October 10 and air Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.