'Supergirl': New Superman Tyler Hoechlin Takes Shot At Zack Snyder

Michael Dolce

There's a new Man of Steel in town, and he'd like you to forget Zack Snyder's version as quickly as possible.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Supergirl actor Tyler Hoechlin took an indirect shot at Henry Cavill's version of Superman in a new interview describing his intentions for the role on the CW show.

"It's Superman as I think he was intended to be," Hoechlin said of his portrayal of Superman, "which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil."

He then went further, taking obvious digs at the big screen interpretations of late that have drawn the ire of fans and critics alike toward director Zack Snyder.

"You don't have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. [My Superman] sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in."

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Supergirl EP Andrew Kreisberg echoed Hoechlin's sentiments in a recent interview with Collider, calling his Superman a more "Aw Shucks" variety than we've seen from Zack Snyder.

"I think our take on him is probably something a little bit more traditional," Kreisberg said.

"We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there's a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we're huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends."

The Laser Time Podcast recently broke down seven reasons why the DC TV universe is far superior. And while some of their reasons simply showcase the advantages TV has over films, such as the ability to tell stories across a longer stretch of air time, they do point out how the TV universe, to date, simply does a better job with overall tone and character development.

"Dawn of Justice leaves you with a literal funeral to deal with, as you've watched hope die and heroes glumly march toward a Justice League while some bad guy or something is coming or whatever. Nothing will ever be fun again. Meanwhile, shows like The Flash know how to balance the light with the dark, giving you a chance to smile along with the leads of the show, while also dealing with tragedy and death in equal measure."

What do you think? Can Tyler Hoechlin pull off a more convincing Superman when he appears this fall on Supergirl?

[Supergirl image via CW/Superman Image via Warner Bros]