The actor said that positive reception to his casting has been “nice” and revealed that he hopes to put his own spin on the legendary comic book hero, who has been played by Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and most recently, Henry Cavill.
The Man of Steel, cousin of Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El, was mentioned in the first season of Supergirl, but never appeared on screen.
“I'm not trying to actively make it like or unlike any of the other representations of him,” Hoechlin explained. “Just trying to do it specific to what I find interesting about the character. It's going to be fun.”
Hoechlin, who took MVP honors at the MLB Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, has played baseball stars in two movies this summer: Undrafted and Everybody Wants Some, in which he co-starred with Blake Jenner, who is married to Benoist. But that’s not how Hoechlin got the part!
“I think that's pure coincidence, but it's awesome,” he said with a laugh. “Melissa spent some time on set and she's fantastic. We all love her, so it'll be nice to get out there and be shooting with a friendly face and a friendly person.”
Everybody Wants Some is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Supergirl premieres Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.