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Warning: The post contains spoilers for the season premiere of Supergirl!
Before Tyler Hoechlin made his debut as Superman on Supergirl, fans began questioning whether it was just a cameo or whether he would take on the iconic role as a full-time Man of Steel. With The CW bringing all things DC to the small screen, it would stand to reason that a show about Superman would be a perfect fit.
Last week, Entertainment Weekly didn't hesitate to ask if there was any chance of Superman getting his own show when interviewing Hoechlin about his new role. The new superhero's response leaves the door wide open:
"You never know. Like I said, those are decisions of people in a much different place than I. It’s been a few years since Superman’s really been sticking around on TV for a long time, and who knows what they’ll end up doing and what they’ll want to do."
The CW has thrown out the welcome mat for superheroes with its line-up of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and there's no doubting the wisdom behind that decision. So while a live-action Superman series could be a boon to channel, could there be concern that the Man of Steel would overshadow the other superhero properties?
Is Superman Just Too Big For A Shared Universe?
As I mentioned in a previous post, fans are ready for another Superman series. There will never be a time when viewers have had enough of Kal-El. So there's little doubt that fans would flock to a new show revolving around the superhero's life. Even as much as we know about Superman, we still want to see more, and that eagerness could either hurt or help The CW's other shows which will have this season to bond.
Already, articles have popped up demanding that Superman not overshadow Supergirl as well as expressing concern that it could happen. As one of the most well-known DC heroes, Superman is a legend who commands attention. It's easy to see why that could be a worry.
That said, Tyler Hoechlin killed it on the few scenes he had on Supergirl, and I'd be surprised if a live-action show wasn't being considered.
Viewership May Ultimately Decide It
It was a big step for Greg Berlanti to get DC's approval to include Superman in the Supergirl series, but as he told IGN, DC was supportive of his plan. The question remains whether Warner Bros and DC would agree to a long-term arrangement that would include Superman flying onto his own series, but Berlanti believes the fans have a lot to say about it:
"That’s going to be up to Warner Bros., DC, and the audience, quite frankly. He so much a part of this world, but the show is called Supergirl. It’s about her. If it turns out as well as we hope, and the audience responds, then we’ll see what happens down the road."
For now, Tyler Hoechlin is the reigning Man of Steel on television. Whether he shows up for only two episodes of Supergirl or a few seasons of his own remains to be seen.
It's clear, though, neither Berlanti nor Hoechlin are opposed to the idea, and as to how the audience will respond, I think they've already spoken with Supergirl trending on Twitter on October 10th even three hours after the show ended, and tweets like these expressing the love:
Tyler Hoechlin was seriously the best choice they could have made for supermans character
I've literally only seen positive responses to Tyler Hoechlin's Superman in the #Supergirl tag. Welcome to the club: he's incredible, huh?
So this Tyler Hoechlin guy really nailed Clark Kent/Superman #Supergirl
I'd say it turned out better than anyone hoped!