No one would love to see Michael's Lex return to close out Clark's story more than I would, but if MR ultimately says no, they should go in another direction, instead of insulting him by implying that the amazing character he created can be imitated or replaced. Of course I have no idea what their actual plan is, but if it involves Fake!Lex, it will be an abomination. [/rant]
Brian Peterson (executive producer):
•The Superman suit that will be used in Smallville is the EXACT SAME suit used in Superman Returns – but slightly altered. (Brian Peterson recalled his excitement about finally receiving the Superman Returns suit from Warner Bros.)
•Lex Luthor will return to Smallville WITH or WITHOUT Michael Rosenbaum. The studio, networks and producers have opened their doors to get him to return, but there is no word, as of yet. They wanted Rosenbaum as Lex for the premiere, but couldn’t make it happen.
•Clark will fly! When I asked him about whether we’d get the “Superman moment” (where Clark rips open his shirt, don’s the suit and fly’s off), he fumbled for an answer and then finally said, “We have our own take on what we want to happen.” – yeah, I don’t know what that means either.
•Alice Mack’s final stint as Chloe Sullivan will be spaced throughout the entire season. They want to use her as much as possible. (Hopefully, that means she won’t be killed off.)
John Schneider (Johnathan Kent):
•Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) will return for the season premiere.
•Clark and Jonathan will be working together on the Kent’s farm. Jonathan will warn Clark that something dark is coming (Darkside) and then proclaim that “One day, you will become the greatest hero that the world will ever know. (Schneider also inadvertently showed his drivers license to the entire audience in Ballroom 20 and is curious to see how many people will be camped out on his lawn.)
Erica Durance (Lois Lane):
•While Lois Lane knows that Clark is the red-blue-blur, Clark still believes that his identity remains a secret to her.
•When I asked Durance if (like usual) there will be some kind of villain-of-the-week that shows up and wipes Lois’s memory – and the knowledge of who Clark truly is – she responded by saying, “I hope not!”
Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer):
•Granny Goodness was the elderly woman outside of Tess Mercer’s hospital room in the ninth season finale. Tess has some connection to her, but Freeman hasn’t been told what that connection is yet.
Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow):
•Regarding a Green Arrow spin-off: “I don’t know, I guess anything is possible. I think it would work – we’ll see. I haven’t been approached, though. So, we’ll see what happens.”
•Hartley will direct an episode this season (last year, he wrote the episode “Sacrifice”).
•As far as he knows, Black Canary will NOT be coming back for the final season.
•Hartley would like to see Oliver Queen be “at peace” and “comfortable in his own skin” when Smallville comes to an end. He also noted that he hopes that doesn’t come until the end of the season – and not in the middle – because nobody wants to see someone that’s “vanilla.”
•Hartley hopes to steal the Green Arrow costume after Smallville is over since he hasn’t been able to gain any weight while playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.