Comic-Con: ‘Supergirl’ Star Tyler Hoechlin Talks “Responsibility” of Playing Superman

Posted on July 23, 2016 by Mandy in Appearances, SDCC2016, Supergirl, Tyler 0

By Sydney Bucksbaum – The Hollywood Reporter 07.23.16

Executive producer Sarah Schechter also discussed the former CBS show’s move to The CW for season two.

Supergirl‘s Saturday Comic-Con panel wound up being Supersized when the drama’s new Superman Tyler Hoechlin joined the cast onstage.

The CBS-turned-CW show is introducing the Man of Steel in the first two episodes of season two, and while production has not yet begun on the sophomore frame, the Teen Wolf alum is ready to don the famed tights and cape.

“It’s definitely incredibly surreal,” Hoechlin said of portraying the iconic DC Comics character. “I know the character represents so much to so many people. This is not a generational thing. This is something literally spread across so much time. There is a lot of responsibility with this character. I’m really excited. I have not tried on the suit yet. That will be a moment for sure.”

He also delighted the crowd by showing off the “Superman curl” by brushing one lock of hair onto his forehead, before bursting into laughter. But why did the showrunners wait until season two to introduce Superman?

“In season one, the show’s about Kara [Melissa Benoist] and about Supergirl,” executive producer Sarah Schechter said. (EP Greg Berlanti skipped Comic-Con this year to spend time with his family.) “It would have confused matters to have Superman there. But now you know her and have a sense of who she is, and this show is about family. Clark is how we represent the family [she comes from] and it’s only natural now that Kara reconnects with him.”

The announcement of Superman’s introduction came on the heels of the show’s move from CBS — which passed on a second season — to The CW, which was more than happy to find room on its crowded schedule for another DC Comics show.

“We’re so grateful to CBS for launching this show, for all their support,” Schechter said. “But we were all thrilled to learn about this [move] because obviously we do so much with The CW [with Berlanti’s other shows]. There’s shorthand, you say metahuman and they know what you’re talking about. It’s nice to be all in the same place, literally and figuratively.”

And now that Supergirl is on the same network as Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, and all four shows will cross over in one big event this fall, Supergirl will become incorporated into the so-called “Flarrowverse” this season.

“It’s really complicated,” Schechter said of how they were writing that story. “If I told you, I’d have to kill you. But we’re super excited for the crossovers with all four shows.”

During the panel, Schechter also revealed a little more information about new series regular Chris Wood’s (CW’s since-canceled Containment) “secret” DC Comics role.

“I don’t think they care,” Schechter joked to the audience about not revealing who Wood was playing. “Maybe if they knew that he was in the pod? There’s the big answer. There’s the big reveal.”

The producer, along with the cast, were also over the moon about the casting of original Wonder Woman,Lynda Carter joining the series in a recurring role for season two as the President of the United States. But as for what brings the POTUS into Supergirl’s orbit, Schechter remained tight lipped.

“Big things are happening. Big things have to happen to get Superman and Supergirl together. We should expect that a female president is going to lead well. We’re with her. That’s our hashtag,” she said in a nod to another certain Democratic presidential candidate’s mantra.

Supergirl season two premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Superman Tyler Hoechlin Steals the Show at ‘Supergirl’ Comic-Con Panel (and Does the Famous Curl!)

Posted on July 23, 2016 by Mandy in Appearances, SDCC2016, Supergirl, Tyler 0

By Philiana Ng – ET Online 07.23.16

It was all about the Man of Steel in Supergirl.

Filming on the new season doesn’t begin until next week, but the cast was already anticipating Superman’s arrival in the superhero drama.

Definitely incredibly surreal,” new cast member Tyler Hoechlin said of landing the iconic role. “I know the character represents so much to so many people.”

“I was with a friend with his mom and his boyfriend. He came up to me and said, ‘I had to shake Superman’s hand,'” he continued. “This not a generational thing. This is something that’s spread across so much time. There’s a responsibility to this character.”

“It’s about the family you came from. Now that Laura Benanti is full time playing Melania Trump, we have Clark to represent the family,” executive producer Sarah Schecter said. “I think it’s only natural now for Kara to reconnect with him.”

Schecter said that Superman, who makes his debut in the season two premiere, and Supergirl will have their differences when it comes to how to best utilize her power. “Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have superpowers on Earth. He was raised with them and has values,” Schecter hinted. “We’ll get into that.”

Earlier in the month, Hoechlin told ET that he’s had ” couple of fittings” for the Superman suit and on Saturday’s Comic-Con panel, said he still has “not tried on the suit yet. That’ll be a moment for sure.”

Chyler Leigh chimed in: “But he looks great in the Halloween costume!” “I tried it on and it didn’t fit,” added Jeremy Jordan, to which Mehcad Brooks deadpanned, “And I tried it on and it split in half.”

In one of the funnier moments of the Supergirl panel, the panelists chided Hoechlin to do the famous Superman curl. Of course, Hoechlin obliged.

Hoechlin isn’t the only key addition to the new season, with Containment star Chris Wood playing a mysterious DC character as a new series regular. Schecter didn’t offer a ton of details, only to say that he “was in the pod.” Hmm…

Original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will play the president. As for why Carter makes her presence known, Schecter teased “because big things are happening. We should expect that a female president is going to lead well. We’re with her, hashtag.”

As for the burgeoning romance between Jimmy Olsen and Kara, their romance is going to get rocky.

“We ended up in a lip-lock. It’s weird because I read [the premiere] an it starts with our wedding and I thought it was really fast,” Brooks deadpanned, clearly joking. “It’s a workplace relationship, it’s a new relationship, It’s going to have its ups and downs.”

With Supergirl moving from CBS to The CW, Schecter took a moment during the 45-minute session to thank CBS for launching the show to millions of viewers.

“We’re so grateful for CBS for launching the show, for putting Melissa on buildings all over the world,” Schecter said. “We all do so much with The CW. There’s a shorthand. When you say metahumans, they know what you mean.”

Supergirl premieres Oct. 10 on The CW.

Supergirl @ Comic-Con: Pod Reveal (!), ‘Tumultuous’ Kara/James Romance, Wonder Woman as POTUS and More

Posted on July 23, 2016 by Mandy in Appearances, SDCC2016, Supergirl, Tyler 0

By Kimberly Roots – TVLine 07.23.16

The show is called Supergirl, but the buzziest entrance at the CBS-to-CW series’ Comic-Con panel Saturday belonged to Tyler Hoechlin, aka Superman.

The super series hasn’t begun production on Season 2, so “I have not tried on the suit yet,” Teen Wolf alum Hoechlin told the crowd, who cheered loudly when he joined castmates Melissa Benoist, David Harewood, Chyler Leigh, Mechad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan and executive producer Sarah Schechter on stage for the forward-looking discussion.

“That’ll be a moment, for sure,” Hoechlin added.

* Like any family members, Clark and Kara will clash — at least at first, Schechter said. “Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have superpowers on Earth,” the EP explained. “There’s some real head-butting and philosophical approaches that are different. We’ll get into all that.”

A few more tidbits from the talk:

* What brings the American president — played by Wonder Woman‘s Lynda Carter — into the mix? “Big things are happening,” Schechter teased. “Big things have to happen to get Superman and Supergirl together.”

* Schechter dropped this big hint about new cast addition Chris Wood (Containment): He’s the one in the pod Kara encountered in the Season 1 finale.

* The cast and EP talked with excitement about the show’s move from CBS to The CW — and future four-way crossovers with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. “There’s just a real shorthand. If you say ‘metahuman,’ they know what you’re talking about,” Schechter said.

* Benoist marveled at her first year in the tights and cape. “I honestly look back, and I don’t know how I did a lot of the things we did,” she said. “I feel like I’ve grown so much, kind of simultaneously along with Kara.”

* At Jordan’s insistence, Hoechlin mussed his hair so it approximated Superman’s signature forelock curl. “Oh my God, he’s Superman!” Brooks yelled in mock surprise.

* Brooks called the budding Kara-James romance “a workplace relationship. It’s a new relationship, it’s gonna have ups and downs and tumultuous things,” he added. “It’s weird, because I read [Episode] 201, and it starts with our wedding,” he joked. “I thought that was really fast.”

* Winn as a DEO staff member? Per Jordan, it could happen. “I think he’s looking for a straight-up job. I think it would make the DEO a little more fun,” he said. “It’s a little serious right now.”

Supergirl Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on its new home, The CW.

GALLERY UPDATE: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Appearances, Images, Tyler 0

We have added 419 photos to the Gallery of Tyler at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (ACBC) on May 13-15, 2016. The photos are courtesy of Robyn (@likewaffles).

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Everybody Wants Some!! cast are ballers at MLB celebrity game

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Appearances, Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By Mary Sollosi – Entertainment Weekly – 7.13.16

Richard Linklater’s latest mostly plotless rumination on Being a Young Man in America, the irresistibly fun Everybody Wants Some!!, mostly depicts its characters — the members of an early ’80s college baseball team — getting drunk, casually philosophizing, going to great lengths to get laid, and otherwise generally bro-ing out for three days before school starts. But while girls and alcohol take priority, naturally, the guys do eventually get around to actually playing some baseball.

Supergirl’s new Superman, Tyler Hoechlin, drew on his real-life college baseball background to play McReynolds, the team’s arrogant captain and best pro prospect. Hoechlin played in the MLB’s annual All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday night, where, true to McReynolds, he was named MVP. His castmates Glen Powell, Juston Street, and J. Quinton Johnson joined him in San Diego to cheer him on, and in honor of All-Star Weekend and Everybody Wants Some!!’s Blu-ray release, EW caught up with the guys about playing fake baseball as a real team.

“We tried to figure out what skills each person would need to know the most for what they were probably going to do,” Hoechlin explained of the movie’s one baseball sequence, a practice scene that showcases the entire team’s abilities.
“These guys were pro-level ballers,” Powell said of Hoechlin and Street, also an experienced ballplayer. “And I think they’d say the same about us.” Street clarified: “We kind of just had to say, ‘Hey, what’s the one thing that you can do that we can film? What can you do the least bad?’”

“They had to take us under their wings and show us the ropes, because our baseball skills were less than stellar,” admitted Powell. “It’s like, ‘Okay, wielding a bat is not your thing… We’ve got to find some other skills.’”

The baseball came more easily to some of the guys than others, but it only strengthened their bond as a team. “There was a great camaraderie that came out of that kind of thing,” Hoechlin said. “[It was] probably, actually, in a weird way, one of the closest, if not the closest team that I’ve ever actually played on. Because you’re also not just working as a team towards the game, but creatively, you’re working towards something.”

When not carousing, the teammates of Everybody Wants Some!! compete with each other almost compulsively, placing bets on anything and everything, issuing meaningless challenges, and elevating games of ping pong and bloody knuckles to all-important contests of manly worthiness. That was pretty true to real life, too.

“Tyler, I don’t think you knew about this, but I actually had a bet with someone as to what would be the next thing you’d break,” Johnson admitted. “It’s like the Midas touch,” Powell said of Hoechlin’s uncanny ability to break things, including a pitching machine and bowling apparatus.

“Technically, I did not break the pitching machine,” Hoechlin said in his own defense. “The pitching machine stopped working when I…”

“You touched it,” Johnson said.

“When I got up to hit, it stopped working. Twice. And then we were bowling, and the thing dropped down as I released…”

“You touched it.”

“Anything mechanical was not…” Hoechlin trailed off. “I knew if anything went wrong with the camera on the first day, I was getting fired… If there was a technical thing, I was just going to walk out.”

Luckily, nothing went wrong when shooting began — nor ever, apparently. “Everybody was really nice to each other; there were no speed bumps on the whole thing,” Powell said. “I was like, ‘Something rad is going to go down…’”

“We were kind of expecting something bad to happen, but nothing ever [did],” Street agreed. “It was, like, too good to be true — and then it just kept going.”

Everybody Wants Some!! is now available on Blu-ray and digital HD.

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