So the news broke yesterday that the CW had found there new Superman. That honor will go to Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin. I will say it again, Tyler Hoechlin will be Superman. I had to check multiple sources to make sure I was reading that correctly. I was. It is real. The CW has made a huge mistake and missed a big opportunity.
There are plenty of people who wanted to see a fresh take on Superman, and I do not necessarily think that is a bad thing. However, This is not a great fit for this show. Period. For starters, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) landed on Earth in season 1 when she was 12 years old, and the events on the show take place 12 years later when she is 24. We very clearly see that she ages at about the same rate as a human since she has an adoptive sister Alex Danvers (). When Supergirl’s pod opens, we see Superman, clearly as an adult (though his face was blurred out) reach in to assist her. That establishes that there is in fact an age gap. Further proving that Superman is very active is that he is well known in the media, the general public and the Army. Hell, the military and Lord Technologies has already managed to develop anti-Kryptonian technology. Tyler is only 13 months older than Melissa Benoist, and very much looks like a contemporary.
I was one of the people who wanted to see former CW Superman, Tom Welling pick up the cape. This would have been perfect for a few reasons. The first being we already know he is a beloved fan favorite. Yes, there are plenty of people who would have rolled their eyes at the pick, but overall it would have been well received. Tom Welling also happens to be 11 years older than Melissa Benoist, which seems to be about the age difference the show has depicted thus far. When casting was first announced, Welling may not have been available for the part, as he was part of a CBS project for the fall. However that show, Section 13, was not picked up by the network, essentially opening Welling’s calendar. Some people will jump to an old quote of Tom saying he didn’t think he would be Superman for this show because he didn’t feel their characters were part of the same world. More recently, he was a little more open to the idea, but said that no one has approached him on the matter. This would have also been an amazing ratings boost to kick off season 2. For ever detractor I have encountered, there seems to be an army of people who wanted to see it happen. Ratings issues were the reason the show was moved to the CW in the first place. Why not do everything you can to help?
Perhaps they think this move WILL help the ratings. It would appear that by going with a younger actor to play the Man of Steel, the CW is trying to play to their younger demographic. CW has the lowest average viewer age of the major networks, and Supergirl was originally developed by CBS to play to a bit of an older audience. Luckily, for now, the show runners have only mentioned Superman appearing in 2 episodes; Hopefully we can get past those and move on to business as usual. Who knows, I may be wrong, and Tyler Hoechlin may be the best Superman yet. I doubt it, but I have been wrong before.
Supergirl will air Mondays at 8pm on the CW