Hoechlin’s casting is especially significant as he will be the first actor to portray the character on a live-action television series since Tom Welling played him in Smallville. Now, five years after that show went off the air, Superman is ready to return, and this time he will find himself joined by fellow DC heroes from The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, to say nothing of Supergirl‘s own Kara:
The decision to include Superman as a major part of Supergirl‘s roster of characters (he is briefly shown in flashback on the Supergirl pilot) is something of a change in policy for DC Comics’ television properties. Kreisberg, who co-created The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow, has been candid in past interviews about the fact that Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman were off limits to the CW’s DC-related TV shows. That seems to have changed as part of the recent reorganization at Warner Bros, which saw management of the studio’s ongoing DC Universe films reshuffled in response to the muted critical and audience reaction to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Hoechlin will be the sixth actor to portray the last son of Krypton on a live-action television series following George Reeves, John Haymes Newton, Gerard Christopher, Dean Cain, and Tom Welling.
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