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Michael Rosenbaum says no to Smallville - I worship at the television altar
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Michael Rosenbaum says no to Smallville
Michael Rosenbaum has said on Twitter that he will not return to Smallville. I think that's about as official as it gets. I would have loved to see him back on the show, but only if he wanted to do it. Now I'm excited to see what he does next!












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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
*cries*
That makes me really sad. I certainly do not want any other actor to play Lex Luthor. The only thing that writers should do is to address the issue of whether Lex is alive or not. There could be a reference to Lex being alive and living somewhere else. But not a fake Lex again. Please!

Let's hope MR will change his mind for at least the season finale. I don't think that saving his head just for one more time would be so much to ask ;)



Edited at 2010-03-22 09:11 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
They couldn't possibly consider re-casting. That would be an even bigger abomination than Fake!Lex. I think Dr. Fate has already confirmed Lex is still alive by what he said to Clark in Absolute Justice, but I would still like them to say it more explicitly on the show before the series is over. But they need to respect Michael's decision and just leave Lex out of the show from now on. He represents Clark's future, but there are plenty of other stories to explore in the present.

Honestly, I don't need to see Lex at the end of the series, any more than I need to see Lana, or Chloe, for that matter. All I need is Clark. Michael would be a wonderful bonus, but I'm happy enough with how his story ended in S7.
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy for him. I am one of the odd few who didn't need Lex to return to the show. Whether it was because I was afraid the writers would muck it up somehow and make the Clark/Lex storyline worse or just because I'm beyond thrilled with Tess and the subsequent villains o' the season, I'm not 100% sure, but I'm glad he has stated resolutely that this is it. No do overs.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy for him, too. It sounds like one of the projects he wrote may be coming together, and that is so exciting to contemplate! When I watch older episodes with Lex in them, I miss Michael, but I don't watch the current season and wish Lex were there. I'm enjoying what I'm seeing on my TV screen, and if anything, I want more Tess.

They squandered Michael's talent and Lex's potential for the last two seasons he was on the show, and nothing they've done since makes me think it would be any different if he returned. My only regret is that I think Tom's performance fundamentally changed (for the better, although I already thought he was perfect) after AlMiles left, and I would have loved to see THAT Clark in a scene with Lex.

I so appreciate that Michael respects the fans enough to be honest with them. Sometimes I think the show lives to string us along, and it is beyond frustrating.
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
This makes me sad. Don't get me wrong i'm glad he's moved on and that he seems happy with he's doing, but I would absolutely love if he did return for the finale, just to bring the story full circle.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I would have loved for Michael to return just for the pleasure of his performance, but I don't need to see Lex at the end of the series to be happy. I'm a little afraid they would screw it up, and I'm at peace with the ending we got (the ending Michael gave us) in Arctic.

It does make me sad to think we'll never again see Tom and Michael together onscreen. I want them to do a project together! If Michael gets a series of his own, maybe he can convince Tom to do a guest spot. Or they could guest star on The Big Bang Theory together, as themselves. :)
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I could see him returning IF the storyline was good enough. The checkmate storyline written by Miller and Johns might work. That said however the ending we got in "Artic" was hearwrenching and beautiful and I'm more than happy keeping it that way.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the thing, it all hinges on that IF. :) And who knows? If they come up with something amazing, anything's possible. I'll bet Geoff Johns would love to write Lex! :D

Let's just say I trust Michael's instincts in this. If they can ever convince him to change his mind, I will most certainly be on board!
gyri From: gyri Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's awesome! He's so sweet to be so loyal to his fans.

Thanks for the news! I haven't been paying all that much attention to Twitter lately.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
That is very thoughtful of him to give us a definite answer, and put an end to the agony of fans hoping and not knowing. I'm excited to hear what his big news is. I can't wait to see him act again!
netlynn From: netlynn Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I do miss Michael in the role of Lex, I wish him the best of luck in his new role. Who knows maybe when time comes and season 10 is ending MR will make an appearance back in the land of SV to leave off the Lex/Superman rivalry.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
That's true, a lot can happen in the next year. But it sounds like he may be too busy with other things, just like KK will be if her pilot gets picked up. It probably won't surprise you to hear that the only person I can't live without on Smallville is Tom. ;)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can conceive of Lex popping up in the final episode but Michael's probably exercising caution until the series end date is announced. (Knowing SV, who's to say they won't try for S11?)

It wasn't fair of the CW to hint that Michael was returning: not fair to him, nor to the fans that got their hopes up :(

Excited for his new projects!
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: March 22nd, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't fair of the CW to hint that Michael was returning: not fair to him, nor to the fans that got their hopes up :(


And that's who I blame: The CW's publicity department. They want to hedge their bets and not anger fans so they imply what they know is not true or guard what they do know is true (like why the radio silence over if AM is returning or not returning for S10?)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Well said. I couldn't agree more! But I blame Brian and Kelly, too. I feel like they're never straight with us.

Edited at 2010-03-23 01:22 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Knowing SV, who's to say they won't try for S11?

OMG, if they don't announce that S10 will be the last soon, my head is going to explode! Even if Kelly and Brian continue to delude themselves, I would expect Tom to put his foot down and state unequivocally that he is finished. Respect your fans the way Michael does his, Tom!

It wasn't fair of the CW to hint that Michael was returning: not fair to him, nor to the fans that got their hopes up :(

Not fair at all, but all too typical. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say it was the optimism talking, but the cynic in me will always believe they leaked that news to put pressure on Michael. Why can't this show just be honest with the fans? They try to keep everyone happy with their cryptic teases and their refusal to rule out any outcome a vocal group of fans promotes, but all they do is look like big, fat liars, exacerbate the shipper wars, and make the fans angry.

Excited for his new projects!

SO excited! I can't wait for more news!
complicat From: complicat Date: March 22nd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I'm so glad to hear that he's moving on and has something exciting coming up! It really irritates me the way TPTB on SV try to string the fans along by hinting that Michael is on the verge of returning all the time, and after they pulled that fake!Lex crap as well
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It really irritates me the way TPTB on SV try to string the fans along by hinting that Michael is on the verge of returning all the time, and after they pulled that fake!Lex crap as well

I know! After they betrayed Michael's legacy with Fake!Lex, I figured they had effectively shut the door on his return. I should have known better than to put any stock in those rumors. And truthfully, as much as I would love to see Michael and Tom together on my TV screen again, I respect him so much more for sticking to his guns and saying no. It soothes my still fiery outrage over that abomination just a bit.

I'm desperate to see Michael perform again. It's been almost two years now, with just a few brief appearances to feed our hunger. I'm looking forward to hearing more about what he has coming up!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You have been a wealth of information lately (always). Thanks so much!

I guess we should never say never, but from here on out, any word from TPTB about MR returning will pretty much be b.s. or wishful thinking (IMO).

Like you said, if MR/Lex is really not coming back, then they need to stop talking about him (on SV) & giving people false hope.

I would like to see Michael in something though! I hope it's soon. :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
We should have known better than to believe the rumors, but I wanted so badly for them to be true! :/

I'm happy to see him move on, if that's what he wants; I just want him back on my TV (or movie) screen! I understand he's been working on projects he's writing himself, and the development time line is necessarily longer because of that, but knowing that doesn't make me miss him less. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I am very happy to have an answer about the whole thing, and to not have to wonder anymore. I wish TPTB were that straightforward with us. And I look forward to seeing Michael in his new projects!
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: March 23rd, 2010 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy for Michael that he's finding work that he obviously enjoys, but the selfish part of me is sad that he's going back to comedy. Quite honestly my sense of humour doesn't really mesh with the comedy he likes to do, so I do wish that he was still into similar dramatic roles after making such an impression as Lex Luthor. I would love to see him on an HBO drama or something, although I guess it's understandable that it perhaps wouldn't hold much interest for him after spending so many years playing Lex

Still he is such a talented actor that whatever work he is offered it's all of the good to have him back on our screens again. I was never expecting Michael to return for ten episodes for season 10, not after the same confident predictions were made for season 8 and how he would never turn that work down, yet he still did.


I do hold out hope that they can make him a good enough offer to get him back for the finale though. Or even the final two episodes as as they would probably need more than one episode to work with when it comes to re-introducing his character, as well as spending the necessary time on wrapping up Clark's journey in the finale
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It's interesting that Michael is so gifted at drama, and yet it is comedy that he has always preferred and found fulfillment doing. He can make me laugh, and make me cry. I think he's incredibly talented, and deserves to follow his bliss, whatever that may be. I'll watch whatever he cares to create! :)

Lex's presence in the finale isn't so critical to me. It all depends on what their plan is for S10, and how they execute it. I've always seen Smallville as a story about Clark, so I just hope they do him justice in the end.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: March 23rd, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Bummer. But it's his choice, and I respect him for sticking to his decision.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. I only want him to do what he wants to do. Although if by some miracle they manage to change his mind a year from now, I'll get excited all over again. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 23rd, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
People just won't let go of Lex coming back. Although, it'd be great for the last few episodes, just for the full circle thing. I like those.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems clear to me that Michael has moved on, in every sense of the word. I wish the fans (and the show) would accept that and do the same, but I understand completely why they hold out hope. I'm not dying to see him come back to Smallville, but I'd still be over the moon if he did.
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