Henry Cavill and Tom Welling left out in the cold as new Superman star cast

The latest Man Of Steel wanted to play Batman instead.

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Shirt rip Superman gets ready for action. Image Picture DC Comics/Warner Bros

TV series Supergirl will introduce the Man Of Steel for its second season later this year – and Batman v Superman star Henry Cavill has been left out in the cold.

Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin will play Superman on the small screen, leaving Cavill fans having to wait for the Justice League film to see him in action again. As for Tom Welling supporters? Well, they’re bang out of luck, too.

Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement that he and fellow show chief Greg Berlanti “have wanted to work with Tyler for ages”.

“This worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman,” Kreisberg said. “We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”

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Melissa Benoist as Supergirl Melissa Benoist as the girl of steel. Image Picture CBS

Hoechlin will suit up to play Superman – the older cousin of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl – in the first two episodes of the CW series. Intriguingly, he starred alongside Benoist’s husband in the recent Richard Linklater movie Everybody Wants Some.

“Something like [Batman] would absolutely be appealing.”

What’s even more interesting is that Hoechlin told Loaded back in May that one of his dream roles was to play Superman’s darker DC rival, Batman.

“James Bond was my fantasy role for a long time when I was a kid, then someone destroyed it by explaining that I am not British and can’t do that,” he joked. “I guess our version of Bond in the States is something like Batman.

“I think, done the right way – I loved the films with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale – something like that would absolutely be appealing.”

Watch Hoechlin chat Batman with Loaded below…

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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