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Hoechlin Calls Supergirl's Superman the Version He's 'Intended to Be'

This fall, the Man of Steel is coming back to the small screen thanks to "Supergirl," and it looks like that version of the character could be more familiar to fans of the source material than the one currently portrayed by Henry Cavill in the DC Films universe -- at least according to Tyler Hoechlin, the former "Teen Wold" star who will be playing him this season.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the DC Comics-based series' Season 2 premiere, Hoechlin teased his portrayal of Superman as one more "optimistic" and pure than other live-action versions out there.

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"It’s Superman as I think he was intended to be,” Hoechlin said with regard to his take on the Man of Steel, "which is just an incredible symbol of hope to kids that they can do anything, that they can be good people, and that good people can triumph over evil. You don’t have to be dark and brooding and always in this state of masculine toughness. He sits in that very hopeful and optimistic place that Kara tends to be in."

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"Supergirl's" second season kicks off Monday, October 10 at 8pm ET on the CW.

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