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Remember when the big-screen incarnation of Superman was charming and inspiring, as opposed to dour and frowny?  Well, Tyler Hoechlin’s version of the Man of Steel, who’s set to make his debut in Supergirl season 2, will bring back some good memories of what the big S is supposed to be.

Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says that fans can expect a more traditional version of Superman, who will take his cue from the classic comics. But he’s no goody two-shoes either:

“There’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends. There’s certainly a little bit of the ‘Aw shucks’ about him, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark. If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone.”

Savviness is right, given that we know Superman and Supergirl won’t always see eye to eye. But Hoechlin, says Kresiberg, was also picked for his personal qualities. “He’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open and forthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman.”

All of which must be making Henry Cavill weep. There, there.

Supergirl season 2 returns on October 10.