The Arrowverse is set to open a bold new chapter by bringing in new DC heroes into the mix while also putting other established icons to the forefront. One of the characters that will be further expanded in the interconnected storyline of the Arrowverse is Tyler Hoechlin's Superman.
Hoechlin is set to star in his very own spinoff series alongside Elizabeth Tulloch's Lois Lane in the much-anticipated Superman & Lois. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it was already confirmed that the show will follow the parent life of the famous DC couple by raising two teenagers.
Production is now underway for the upcoming series from CW, with various set photos teasing that Hoechlin will wear a new super suit. And now, an official look at the brand-new costume of Hoechlin's Man of Steel has been released.
Warner Bros. Television and The CW, via Comicbook.com, officially released the first official look at Tyler Hoechlin's new costume for the upcoming Superman & Lois TV series.
Along with the reveal, Hoechlin said in a statement that the new suit is “representative of the show” while also pointing out that “it represents everything that Superman stands for:”
“I find that the new suit is representative of the show. Just as this suit is unique and set apart from the ones that preceded it, the story we're telling about Clark/Superman at this point in his life is unique and something we've never seen before. I appreciate the opportunity to wear the suit and the responsibility that comes with it. But it's always interesting when I’m asked how I feel about 'my new suit,' because I've always felt that the suit doesn’t belong to me; it belongs to everyone that finds some kind of meaning in that suit, in the symbol on the chest. I just happen to be the one wearing it. I come from the world of baseball and a line of coaches that always preached that the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. Because when you wear that jersey, it represents not only you, but your entire team, and everyone that has ever worn that jersey that came before you. So when I wear the suit, that's what it means to me. It represents everything that Superman stands for and has stood for, for almost a century now. And I look forward to carrying on that tradition.”
The CW also confirmed that the new Superman suit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon. In a separate statement, Shannon shared that the new suit involves “some custom athletic-inspired Super-Boots as a jumping-off point” while it also includes “a streamlined muscle structure and updated paint job:”
"We got Superman into some custom athletic-inspired Super-Boots as a 'jumping-off point,' and focused on a new neckline and cape to maximize the billowing and movement we all love to see in the books and films that have defined this character for generations. A streamlined muscle structure and updated paint job combined with some dynamic design lines and a sculpted armored belt all took his established custom fabric into a new direction to solidify the new look for Superman in Superman & Lois."
This official reveal provides a more detailed look at Hoechlin's new Superman costume, ultimately confirming that the suit is indeed inspired by the DC Rebirth version of the Man of Tomorrow. As it is, Superman & Lois will offer a fresh start for the Hoechlin's Superman and it's fitting that his suit resembles the costume from the DC Rebirth branding.
On top of the DC Rebirth similarities, the traditional colors of Superman still remain in the new costume, further adding hype to the much-anticipated debut of the spinoff series next year.
In Arrowverse canon, Clark Kent's life was affected by the climactic events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it was only during the last episode of the crossover that he realized that he had two teenage sons instead of a baby in the pre-Crisis timeline. Given that, it will be interesting to find out if this new suit is one of the changes that the character went through in the post-Crisis timeline as well.
Ever since his debut in Supergirl Season 2, Hoechlin's Man of Steel has been a fan-favorite among Arrowverse fans since the character resembles the more classic version of Clark Kent from the comics. Now that the character will be getting his own spinoff show, Superman will no doubt serve as a key piece in the Arrowverse moving forward, and it will be exciting to see where the hero's story goes down the line.