‘Superman and Lois’ Star Tyler Hoechlin Reacts to His New Superman Suit

Tyler Hoechlin won the role of Superman in 2016 when Supergirl cast him as the title character’s cousin in its second season. Hoechlin continued to play the role in the annual crossover events. Now he’s getting his own show. Superman and Lois stars Hoechlin and his Lois Lane, Elizabeth Tulluch.

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Tyler Hoechlin | Bettina Strauss/The CW

Hoechlin and Tulloch were on a DC Fandome panel with Superman and Lois creator Todd Helbing on Sept. 22 to preview the new show. The trio discussed the new Superman costume Hoechlin is going to wear in the series, coming to The CW in 2021.

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You can buy a Superman costume in any store, but the demands of television require special suits. Hoechlin’s Supergirl and crossover suits were only built to last for those episodes.

“I’ll take the heat for this one,” Helbing said. “Originally, you came on for the crossovers and that suit just wasn’t built to sustain a series. I think just in everyday, it gave us this fresh slate. Yes, let’s make a new suit. So there’s going to be a really badass superman suit on the show that I’m pretty excited about.”

Tyler Hoechlin felt the magnitude of the new Superman suit

Hoechlin first tried on his Superman suit in 2016.

“Everything about this, there’s been so many times that have been kind of a surreal moment,” Hoechlin said. “I think putting on the suit for the first time was the most surreal moment just because any other time that you would be wearing that suit is probably on Halloween and that’s about it. Otherwise, I don’t know why you’re putting it on or why you have one in the first place. So I think putting it on and as you’re seeing it and realizing this is not just for a day. We’re going to shoot this. We’re going to tell a story that evolves this character.”

Tyler Hoechlin | Katie Yu/The CW

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Even four years later, Hoechlin said the Superman costume never gets old. 

“I don’t think that it’s sunk in and if it hasn’t by now, it probably never will to some weird degree,” Hoechlin said. “I think being the one wearing it as opposed to seeing someone else in it is a different experience.”

The suit impresses Elizabeth Tulluch too

Tulloch appeared in many of the crossover episodes too. She felt the S symbol was special.

“The symbol itself is so incredibly iconic that I remember when I first started shooting on the show,” Tulloch said. “It was ‘Elseworlds’ and there was a scene with Oliver and the Flash and Grant Gustin. Both were we couldn’t keep it together when you’re wearing a plaid shirt and when you rip it open and it’s the S. We probably had to do that take quite a few times because everyone’s reaction, and Lois should be used to this, and even I was like [gasps].”

Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulluch
Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch | Shane Harvey/The CW

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Hoechlin got some good practice in that crossover revealing the Superman logo under Clark Kent clothes. 

It’s different I think when you’re doing it as opposed to watching sopmeone else do that or being in that. When I do it, there’s almost a moment of it’s been done before. You know what it means, so is the way I’m doing it weird? Does it look right? I don’t really know. I remember Grant on that take, there was a push in. Thank God, the camera pushed in and it had gone just into the S by the time I ripped the shirt open. I just remember Gtant going ‘Ohhhh’ on screen, this audible inhale. It was the funniest thing.

Tyler Hoechlin, DC Fandome panel, 9/12/2020