Superman Flies Away From TV … For Now

By October 18, 2016


Well, now that Monday has come and gone, Superman is as good as dead.

Oh, sorry. Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t seen Batman v. Superman yet …

Tyler Hoechlin became the latest Man of Steel on The CW’s Supergirl. And while fans may have enjoyed him, it seems there’s only enough television show for one of the Krytonian natives. Not because of egos or even money, showrunner Andrew Kreisberg told Kryptonsite, but instead it’s all about licensing.

“We’re so happy with what we get to do. I don’t mean for that to sound as bad as it does, but we asked if we could have Superman in the first episodes, and DC and Warner Bros., said, ‘You can have him for the first two episodes,’ and we were like, ‘Great!'”

Unfortunately, that’s it. At least for now.

Hoechlin, a former star of Seventh Heaven and Teen Wolf donned the cape and the family seal to help bring Supergirl from CBS. He is one of just a handful of actors to play Superman on television, the most notable in the 1990s with Dean Cain on Lois & Clark. And, of course, there also was Tom Welling in The WB’s Smallville, although some purists might argue he portrayed Superboy rather than Superman.

Yet, there seems to be a lot of interest in bringing Superman back to television. The problem, however, is that a television presence could interfere with the continuing film plans for the character. Even with mixed reviews, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was still a box office winner with $868.2 million worldwide.

Kreisberg isn’t even focused on that. Instead, his attention is on Supergirl and its star, Melissa Benoist.

“I’m not going to sit here and say there’s never going to be a world in which there’s a Superman TV show and that Tyler is going to star in it. I don’t know what the future holds, but right now, that’s not our focus.”

Supergirl airs Mondays on The CW.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.