Tyler Hoechlin
Teen Wolf's Tyler Hoechlin has been cast as Superman ahead of Supergirl's second season Kevin Winter / Getty

After teasing fans with silhouetted glimpses of the character in the show's pilot episode, Supergirl have finally found their Superman... in the form of American actor Tyler Hoechlin. The newest onscreen version of the iconic DC Comics all-American hero will make his debut in the show's second season which is scheduled to start sometime later in 2016.

Hoechlin's Man of Steel will be seen visiting his fellow Kryptonian cousin Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) in National City at the beginning of the series' when it moves to its new network home on The CW (having left CBS) and according to The Hollywood Reporter, it was a relatively easy decision for the creators to make as to who their Clark Kent would be.

"Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman," co-creator and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told the publication when the announcement was made. "We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character."

While a grown-up portrayal of the character has been long-awaited since the show began in 2015, Hoechlin's entrance won't mark the first time the character of Superman has made an appearance in the show. Back in the first season's 13th episode, entitled For The Girl Who Has Everything, Daniel DiMaggio guest starred as a 13-year-old Kal-El.

Hoechlin is best known for his recurring role as lycanthrope Derek Hale in supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and has just finished production on Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker. He was also recently seen in Richard Linklater's acclaimed comedy film Everybody Wants Some!! earlier this year.

Other actors who have played the recognisable hero include Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain (who stars in Supergirl himself), Tom Welling, Brandon Routh and most-recently Henry Cavill.

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