By Jim Kiernan
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2010 5:28 PM EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. --
In the Access Week In Geek, ‘Smallville’ star Tom Welling talks about possibly donning the iconic red and blue costume in the show’s final season...
Tom Welling Talks Smallville’s Final Season
“Smallville” will be returning to Friday nights this fall for its tenth and final season on The CW. Star Tom Welling, who has portrayed the young Clark Kent and Superman-in-the-making since its debut in 2001, spoke to Access Hollywood at the network’s upfront in NYC about what he knows (and doesn’t know) about the future of the show.
“I certainly don’t know what this season is going to be about, but I know we want to wrap it up well for the fans,“ he revealed. “Ten years is a pretty good run. We were very fortunate to get this far.”
Though Tom was tight lipped regarding any meaty details regarding “Smallville’s” final season’s storylines and guest stars, The CW did confirm, “the series will bring Clark Kent’s epic journey to a conclusion worthy of a superhero.”
From the outset of the show, there has been an unspoken rule of “No Flights, No Tights,” meaning the series would focus on the early years of Clark Kent in his small Kansas hometown before he ever takes to the skies in the iconic red and blue costume. Though there have been brief flash forward glimpses revealing Superman’s cape and symbol this year, in the May 14 season finale, Martha Kent presented Clark with the iconic costume to wear when destiny called.
When asked if in the final season of the show he would indeed get the opportunity to don the tights, Tom strongly held his ground and remained vague, but he was not completely unforthcoming if you read between the lines.
“We gotta look at it from the whole season perspective. But again, we want to make sure that the people who have watched from the beginning, all nine years (which will be ten), that they get what they want,” Welling hinted.
That said, it seems to me that the hero’s journey will come full circle and Tom will be in the fitting room for his cape before you know it.
Clark Kent has been battling numerous villains over the course of the show: General Zod, Doomsday, Metallo, and Bizzaro (just to name a few). But his best-known enemy remains Lex Luthor, who was portrayed by Michael Rosenbaum in the first seven seasons until the actor departed the show and the character was surprisingly written off and presumed dead.
“I would love to have Lex back. Absolutely,” Tom said of the possible return of the arch nemesis next year. “I love Michael. He’s a great guy, fun to work with. Anybody who knows Michael should tell him he should come back. We want him back. We can’t end it without Lex Luthor.”
Also in regards to the on-and-off again relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent, where in the season finale Clark finally revealed to her (with a kiss) his secret double life as a crime fighter, Tom smiled and hinted that the romantic lives of the intrepid duo of Daily Planet reporters would still not follow an easy path.
“When the person you’re in a relationship with finds out that they’ve been lying to them the whole time about who you are, generally it gets complicated,” he laughed.