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Smallville: Tom Welling talks to IGN
Smallville: Is it Time for Superman?
IGN talks to Tom Welling about Smallville's final season, The Suit, Lex Luthor and more.
May 20, 2010
by Eric Goldman

This morning, at The CW's Upfront presentation, Clark Kent himself was in attendance - or at least the actor who has played Clark for nine years now, Tom Welling. Welling was there to represent both Smallville and Hellcats, a new CW series he is producing.

With the announcement that Season 10 of Smallville will be the last one, there was plenty to ask Welling, as fans wonder what the final steps in Clark Kent's journey will be - as he heads towards his destiny as Superman.

Question: How was the decision reached that Season 10 would be the last? Did you all sit down and discuss it?

Tom Welling:
I don't know if it really goes like that. [Laughs] I don't know if it's like at family dinners. I think it's more of it being an edict of being like, "Look guys, this is your last year. Do a good job." But you know, ten's a great number, eleven is a great number. Who knows what's going to happen? I just know that I would love to see a lot of the people we've seen in the past come back. We saw Annette last year. I'd love to see John [Schneider] again. I definitely want to see Michael Rosenbaum. I've got to see Lex.

Q: We just saw him in the newspaper [in the season finale dream sequence] running for president.

Exactly. And whatever we're going to do this year with Clark being propelled into being Superman, how do you do that without a Lex Luthor, you know what I mean? That doesn't make sense to me. So I hope to see him.

Q: Now that he's got the gift of the suit, is it a given that he'll be wearing it in episode 1 of Season 10?

I don't know if it's a given. I actually just don't know. I don't know what the storyline is. What we've done in the past is we've been able to tease it, and I think keep it interesting for fans. And I think that they'll be more. We'll see more of the suit this year – I would think we'd have to.

Q: Are you excited, filled with trepidation, or a mixture of both about possibly fully wearing that suit?

Terrified. Absolutely terrified!

Q: You've got a full season to give Smallville a proper ending. Some shows, they're just told, "You're gone." Is it nice to know, creatively, that you can really aim toward the end?

Yeah. And, you know, thank you to the studio and the network for allowing us that opportunity. To be completely honest, it would have been a real shame to just sort of find out I didn't have a job in July. And it would be to the fans. I'm glad we can do this for the fans.

Q: Can you tease anything about the story arc for next season? It looks like we got a glimpse of Granny Goodness in the season finale.

Yeah. I hope so. I hope so! I honestly don't know. I wish I could tease something! The idea of Granny Goodness -- which they had to explain to me, as we were shooting it --I thought was awesome. And I believe that she has this group of younger girls who work for her. I would imagine they would be around this year.

Q: Many a fan is wondering if you think you'll be coming back to Comic-Con this summer.

I'm open! You know what, it was great last year. Let's do it! Yeah.

Q: Were you excited to see them play out the Clark/Lois story this past season?

I think it was fun. I don't know how he's going to get out of it this season. I hope she just doesn't bump her head and forget! I think that would be too easy.

Q: That's something fans are worried about – that her knowing [Clark is the Blur] isn't going to stick.

I'd like to see Clark walk into the Daily Planet and have Lana talking to Lois. I wonder what would happen there?


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silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: May 20th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, my, thanks T.

This is just such a GREAT day!! I'm over the moon.

Tom is always so poised and impressive and real. I love that man to death!

Funny, in all the press, he has mentioned getting all the "gang" back together again (which shows he is loyal and loves his friends) but no mention of Sam Jones III. Too busy with the chain ball to make it for season 10, Sam?? I wonder what Tom thinks about his bud. I know he has got to be so sad about it.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 29th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom seemed to have a lot of fun with this interview. Eric Goldman is one of my favorites. He asks thoughtful, informed questions about Smallville, and gets great answers.

I'm not surprised SJIII's name didn't come up. He already had his return to the show in Hero, and mentioning him would only invite a discussion of the crimes of which he has been accused. I don't want that anywhere near Smallville.

I'm sure Tom is concerned for Sam, but I have no idea how close they were. What I remember about him is that he was always spilling details of Tom's personal life in interviews, and I can't imagine Tom appreciated that.
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: May 20th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't read this one yet. \o/

I've got to see Lex.

I love it's "got to" and not just "want to". *thumbs up*

And I so agree with him about how Lois has to keep her knowledge about Clark's secret.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 29th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this interview. I wish we had video of it!

I wonder what Tom's promotion to full executive producer means in terms of his input into story development and script feedback. I trust his vision for Clark and the show, so I think the more influence he has, the better.

I swear, if they take Clark's secret away from Lois AGAIN, my head will explode. It was such a perfect way for her to find out, and it's time she knew. I hope they have the courage to let it stick.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: May 20th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have not been able to get this goofy smile off of my face since I saw your first Upfront post, so thank you so much for keeping us all up to date.

I nearly melted with the video of him...yeah, I'm still at work too.

If Tom is at Comic Con I will die and my boyfriend will not want to hang out with me all weekend because we're going. And I already told him that we're lining up outside at 3 or 4 am the day of the Smallville panel. He laughed and said he will be right there with me. Gotta love a man who enables my geeky fannishness.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 29th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a week later now, and I STILL have a goofy smile on my face! :D Revisiting these interviews now that I finally have some time to reply to comments has been a treat. I'm squeeing all over again!

That's awesome that your BF takes joy in what makes you happy! I think Tom will be there. And what I hear from everyone who went last year is that there are no words to describe how amazing he is in person. Have fun! :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: May 20th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely want to see Michael Rosenbaum. I've got to see Lex.
This is like my birthday and every holiday rolled into one. Oh, Tommy. ♥
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 29th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That's my favorite quote of the whole interview. How I wish it were on video so we could have heard it as well. Reuniting Clark and Lex, and Tom and Michael, is clearly his new mission in life! :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 21st, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did he say "eleven"?!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 29th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think he was just caught up in the enthusiasm of the day, and reminding people to keep on watching. The announcement that S10 will be the last was official, and Tom talked about wrapping things up in interview after interview.

Today on Twitter somebody asked Al Septien (one of the writers) what Tom meant, and he said he had no idea. :)
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