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Smallville: Tom Welling talks to Access Hollywood
Access ‘Week In Geek’ (May 21, 2010)
By Jim Kiernan
LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2010 5:28 PM EDT

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.


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tasabian From: tasabian Date: May 22nd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this! This is all so swoon-worthy!

“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.”
Now, this is very naughty of him because fans will follow that suggestion to the letter and pester Michael on twitter but I can't bring myself to be annoyed with such sincere Michael-pining.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
He doesn't let a single interview go by without mentioning Michael, and how badly he wants him back! I want someone to find everything he said about Michael in all his taped interviews and then make a video of all his quotes strung together. We'll call it Tommy's Love Letter to Rosey and tweet Michael the link. :)

I am curious to know what Michael thinks of all this. Even if he says no (and of course I wouldn't blame him if he did), I hope he's flattered rather than annoyed. Hmmm, should we go on Formspring and ask James what HE thinks of Tom's overtures? LOL!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't trust this show to do right by Lex if they bring him back, but I want too badly to see Tom and Michael together again not to hope for it with all my heart. I can't see Michael agreeing to more than an episode or two, if he's willing to return at all. Especially now that he has his own show in development with Syfy.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 22nd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's right, boys! End on a high note. Preferably, in tights.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 23rd, 2010 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I had pretty much reconciled myself to not having Lex in the series finale after seeing how adamant Michael was about not returning, but now I want it more than ever! Tommy sure knows how to pitch a concept. :)
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