Who should be the next Superman: Michael B. Jordan or Tyler Hoechlin? | The Tylt
Who should be the next Superman: Michael B. Jordan or Tyler Hoechlin?
The Ringer listed different actors who could take over the mantle of Superman:
Michael B. Jordan
Andrew Gruttadaro: I’ll acknowledge a few things right off the bat: 1. That this isn’t the most creative pick ever—Jordan is very famous, and used to playing characters who are physically shredded; 2. That Jordan already took a stab at playing a superhero, and that it did not go well (personally I’d put this more on Josh Trank, but whatever); 3. That casting a black actor to play a traditionally white superhero, one who is perhaps the most iconic of them all, would set off a firestorm in the worst, loudest corners of the internet, and that fact alone means that Jordan would likely never even be considered for this part. (Just ask James Gunn what that kind of online noise can do.) That’s unfortunate, because Michael B. Jordan would be a great Superman—he’s endearing but also mysterious, can play green, looks good in glasses, and as aforementioned is already in superhero shape. He also almost never has a mustache, so there wouldn’t be any recurring issues there.
Austin Elias-de Jesus: Tyler Hoechlin is the only obvious choice to be the next Superman. Why? Because he’s done it before. Hoechlin’s take on the Big Blue Boy Scout in the second season of Supergirl was like a breath of fresh air. His Superman is the perfect blend of Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh. It holds an air of moral authority while also having a calming sense of lightness and warmth. His Clark Kent is like an improved-upon version of Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Hoechlin brings to the character what Cavill’s often-grim portrayal lacked: a sense that we’re looking at the quintessential American hero. Cavill’s Superman was good at beating the living crap out of villains, but I could never imagine him saving a cat from a tree or helping an old lady cross the street. Hoechlin’s Superman can do all of that, and robbing us of him would be just another mistake in the DCEU’s long line of screwups. Let’s not overthink this. Just give the role to this guy, so we could, once again, really believe a man can fly:
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MBJ has his fans for when he played Human Torch and he has his fans for when he played Killmonger. So he's no stranger to building a fanbase for playing and breathing new life into comic book characters. And that's why folks are stanning him as Superman.
Hoechlin plays Superman on "Supergirl," and fans of the show love him in the role. He's put in the work already. So this could be an easy transition from the small screen to the silver screen. Also, he's clearly stoked to guest star as the Man of the Steel on the hit CW show.