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SDCC: Smallville talks to io9
A particularly juicy interview from Cyriaque Lamar for io9.

We have super spoilers for Season 10 of Smallville

At the last Smallville Comic-Con panel, the cast confirmed who would be Clark's antagonist this year, what new DC characters would cameo, and whether Clark would finally fly up, up, and away. Afterward, we interviewed the show's actors and writers.

Here were the biggest spoilers from the Smallville panel:

- The spoiler footage showed scenes of Clark picking up the iconic red-and-blue suit.
- Lois saying the word "Superman."
- Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will guest star. Geoff Johns will be penning the episode. This could very well be that Blue Beetle footage that had been circulating a while back.
- Members of the Suicide Squad will also appear.
- Chloe will make an appearance in the comic books soon.
- We catch a glimpse of what is probably Darkseid hooked up in a tank. He's pale, humanoid, and withered.
- Lois is in a desert, and we see fleeting images of Hawkman.
- Tess Mercer is alive, but half of her face is scarred. She wakes up in a lab filled with bodies in tanks (à la Darkseid). A creepy little kid points out to Tess that these are his "brothers."
- Footage of Chloe holding Dr. Fate's helmet.
- A final scene of Clark flying and lifting the Daily Planet globe, which is careening to Earth.

At the round tables, Tom Welling was unfortunately mobbed. We did however get to speak with the show's other major players. We first sat down with Smallville writer and executive producer and show runner Brian Wayne Peterson. Peterson said that we would see the new outfit in the season premiere and again later in the season. He also mentioned that audiences haven't seen the last of Checkmate head honcho Amanda Waller ("There will be perhaps a bit of a twist on that character"). Peterson reiterated the fact that Michael Rosenbaum is welcome to return to the show and that "the door is always open."

Peterson described the tenor of Season 10 as a volte-face from the darkness of the last season :

"Last year we obviously got really dark and that was the whole idea was to put Clark through a lot of trials […] but this year […] the palette of the show will grow brighter and what he wears in episode two is going to change. The whole feel of the show will start gearing towards his future as a hero."

Next up was Pa Kent himself, Jonathan Schneider, who made a surprise appearance at the panel. He promised that we would see the deceased pater familias of the Kent clan in the first episode of Season 10. He did elaborate that his role on the show is a mystery to him:

"I don't know if it's a vision. I don't know if it's an accumulated memory or if it's something Clark Kent needs to hear."

Schneider promised that you'll see Pa working on the farm and that it's "the best scene [he's] ever done on Smallville." Pa says to Clark, "You could be the greatest hero the world has ever seen."

Justin Hartley (a.k.a. Green Arrow) isn't writing any new episodes this season, but he'll be directing. He also hopes that Oliver Queen finds a modicum of peace this season, and that we won't learn Oliver's full fate right off bat.

Executive producer and show runner Kelly Souders promised a slew of villains this season. It's the last season of Smallville, so they're going to as many villains as they can over 22 episodes. Clark's rogues gallery includes the recently confirmed Darkseid, Granny Goodness, and his other harbingers (albeit Smallvillized). Kelly also mentioned that Martha Kent will appear next season.

Erica Durance expressed a strong desire to see her portrayal of Lois evolve into that of the iconic Lois Lane. She also promised more funny outfits ("Lois is going undercover") and noted that Lois gets to see Clark's physical power for the first time in the season premiere.

Cassidy Freeman, who plays the morally flexible Tess Mercer, informed us that Tess' Checkmate problems are far from over. Cassidy also said that Tess has a strong connection to Granny Goodness, but the actress didn't know exactly what that link was yet. Tess's morality will be less murky this season — she'll be either a hero or a villain in "broad strokes." She also recounted the menacing, congratulatory phone call she received from Michael Rosenbaum the day she was cast as Tess:

"He called me when I got the role [...] I had never met him. He was like, 'Is this Tess Mercer?' And I was like, 'Creepy! Who got my number?' And he was like, 'This is Lex!' And I'm like, 'Oh! Michael Rosenbaum.' And he was like, 'No, LEX!'"


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la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: July 26th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Morally flexible Tess" lol I love it. And that anecdote about MR is really funny.
"Lois gets to see Clark's physical power for the first time in the season premiere."
Those "first time" are always entertaining to me, but I have no doubt that some will draw comparisons with Chloe's.
So poor Tom was mobbed at the round tables. Why am I not surprised? ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I laughed at the "morally flexible" line too! That's such a great way to describe Tess, isn't it? I'm so curious as to where they are going to take her. And I feel torn as to where I want her to go! I want her to eventually be a good guy. I can't help but root for her. BUT, I love seeing Cassidy play bad.

I'm thrilled that Lois will finally see Clark's physical power for the first time.

Yes, I imagine some people will try to draw comparison to Chloe's. However, I think the situations are so entirely different that I personally can't compare them. I think the scene in "Pariah" was a beautifully shot scene and the look of awe on Chloe's face was great. However, the situation with Lois is completely different.

Chloe learned Clark's secret essentially by accident. He didn't reveal himself to her on purpose either consciously or subconciously. Essentially, it was the display of Clark's strength by catching the car that showed her that Clark had powers beyond that of mortal men. Lana learned Clark's secret basically through deception and manipulation. She set Chloe up so that Clark would have to rescue her.

Lois learned Clark's secret purely through her intimate knowledge of him...as a man. She didn't see him catch a car or see him physically pull a door off it's hinges. She learned his secret because she knew his taste and smell and the feel of his hair and arms and how it felt to kiss him. No one else on the show has ever learned Clark's true nature in a more intimate way.

So while I know people will make the comparisons, I just can't compare the way Lois learned Clark's secret to anyone else because no one else has ever put two and two together not from a display of a "Superman" but just as the kind of things that a woman in love KNOWS about her man. And ironically, the type of thing that Lana wasn't able to recognize back in Season 7 when she couldn't differentiate between Clark's touch and Bizarro's.

Thank you so much for sharing all the goodies! I wasn't able to make it to the Con and I so so appreciate the people who are posting the interviews for all to see and enjoy. I hope that everyone who attended had a wonderful trip and a safe return home.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 2nd, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're enjoying all my SDCC spam. :) I think it's amazing how much of the event we're able to experience through our computer screens. It's no substitute for the real thing, or the joy of seeing the actors we love in person, but I'm thrilled at everything there is to see and explore online.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 2nd, 2010 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Cassidy is great. I enjoyed her insights into her character, and her wonderful enthusiasm. I'm so glad Tess survived!

I'm very interested to see how everything plays out between Clark and Lois. I think it's fitting that she doesn't tell Clark she knows at first, that's a nice callback to the advice she gave to Chloe when she was in the same situation in Pariah, but I'm also glad we have Erica's assurances that she won't be able to keep it a secret for long. I'm looking forward to them being true partners, fighting the good fight together.

I wonder how they determined who got to speak to Tom and who didn't. He didn't do any roundtable interviews, only one-on-ones, and they very quickly started limiting the questions to two per person. Otherwise he probably would have been there for hours!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 26th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an interesting interview. Too bad Tom couldn't talk to them but, at least, I like some of the spoilers.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 2nd, 2010 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
They revealed a lot in this interview! I was especially happy to hear Martha would be returning, but I don't recall seeing that anywhere else. I would expect it to be pretty big news, so I wonder if what KS actually said is that she hopes to have Martha back.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 26th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, SDCC and the return of tariel22 spam to my flist. \o/
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 2nd, 2010 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
And this was just the beginning! :) I think I'm finished now, except for my inevitable pic post. I'm still trying to track down HQ pics of Tommy. So far I have been spectacularly unsuccessful. :(
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