Given how many stories we already have that focus on women fighting for respect, it's nice to see Supergirl switch things up a bit. It's no small gesture to have arguably the most famous male superhero of all time model feminism in action.
Alright, so this is a show about Supergirl, but let's make this thing clear from the start: Tyler Hoechlin is the best live-action Man of Steel since the sorely underrated Dean Cain hung up his tights.
We don't necessarily need Kal-El around when Kara does a fine job carrying the truth, justice, and tolerance flag every week, but the Superman we're presented with here is like an old friend we haven't seen in awhile.
Hoechlin excels both as the superhero and the middle-mannered Clark Kent, bringing an element of the Christopher Reeve version of the character to the modern era. He's a wonderful addition to this world, playing perfectly off of Melissa Benoist...
While Hoechlin easily steps into the role of Clark, and Superman arrives in National City to much fanfare in order to help his cousin, neither the actor nor the Man of Steel steal the focus from Benoist or Kara/Supergirl.