Superman has been one of Hollywood’s most iconic roles over the years, and now another name has been added to the list of actors fortunate enough to play him.
Everybody Wants Some and Teen Wolf actor Tyler Hoechlin has been cast as the Man of Steel in the Supergirl television series, according to DC Entertainment. He’ll appear as the titular character’s superpowered cousin in the first two episodes of the upcoming second season of the series.
“Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman,” said Supergirl Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement accompanying the announcement. “We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”
Hoechlin most recently appeared in Richard Linklater “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, the ’80s-era college comedy Everybody Wants Some, and was a featured cast member in MTV’s Teen Wolf series. He also appeared in Road to Perdition, Hall Pass, and the television series 7th Heaven.
Although Henry Cavill currently portrays the big-screen iteration of Superman, the character has appeared on Supergirl in various forms during the show’s first season. Lead actress Melissa Benoist’s superheroine frequently communicates with her cousin via instant messages, and he has been glimpsed from a distance or otherwise obscured in other appearances.
After airing on CBS during its first season, Supergirl moves to The CW for its second season, where it will likely feature occasional crossovers with the network’s other DC Comics superhero shows: Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Supergirl will air Mondays on The CW this fall.