The word “thrilling” has been used so much to describe such prosaic, pedantic things, that I hesitate to use it here, but I can think of no better word to describe what you are about to see. Any concerns about how Tyler Hoechlin was going to handle the daunting role of being Superman on the CW’s hit series Supergirl are laid to rest in this absolutely, positively thrilling sneak peek from the second season.
Speculation as to how this was going to work with Tyler Hoechlin wearing the cape and shield of the Man of Steel has been running very high, but this is the Superman we’ve been waiting for. As importantly, this is the Clark Kent we have been waiting for. He talks to Perry White on the phone before discovering that he’s needed as Superman, and he is more like Clark Kent than any actor who has portrayed him since Brandon Routh did it in Superman Returns. He is also more like Superman than any actor since Routh. He doesn’t just jump in when he finds Supergirl already on the job. He waits until he has her assent, then helps her save the day.
To be fair, Henry Cavill got a raw deal. He did the very best Superman he could, given the off-balance script and the misguided direction he was handed in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. By comparison to Zack Snyder’s cynical vision, this new Superman is a breath of fresh air, at a time when we need a bright beacon of hope now more than ever.
Glen Winter directed the opening episode of the new season, with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Jessica Quelle.
Episode 1 of the new season of Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Tyler Hoechlin, Chyler Leigh, and David Harewood, and it airs on October 10.
P.S., guys, for the love of all that’s Superman, fix the cape. Leather straps just look silly.