Look, up in the sky: Here’s the new Superman in The CW’s ‘Supergirl’ series

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Last month, The CW and DC Entertainment cast Everybody Wants Some and Teen Wolf actor Tyler Hoechlin as its new Man of Steel in the Supergirl television series, and now we already have our first look at the actor in costume as Superman.

The photo features Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl and Hoechlin’s Superman side by side in full costume, looking every bit the superheroes they play in the popular series.

After only appearing in flashbacks and fleetingly in the opening credits, as well as communicating with Benoist’s character online, Supergirl’s famous cousin will appear in the first two episodes of the upcoming second season of the series.

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Hoechlin joins a select group of actors who have portrayed Superman in live-action television series over the years — George Reeves (Adventures of Superman), Tom Welling (Smallville), and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), among others. He most recently appeared in Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, the ’80s-era comedy Everybody Wants Some.

After airing on CBS its first season, Supergirl moved to The CW for its second season, where it joins the network’s other DC Comics superhero shows: Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Along with Benoist as the title character, the series stars Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jenna Dewan Tatum as Lucy Lane, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, and Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord.

The series also features some faces familiar to fans of movie and television superheroes, with former Superman actor Cain and 1984 Supergirl movie star Helen Slater portraying the adopted parents of Benoist’s character. The upcoming season will also introduce Wonder Woman television series star Lynda Carter as the President of the United States.

Supergirl premieres October 10 on the CW.

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