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Michael Rosenbaum returns to Smallville for the series finale!
There's no point in putting this spoiler behind a cut, it's too big to contain! TVLine gave us the scoop tonight, and Michael Rosenbaum himself confirmed it on Twitter:

Michael told TVLine:

I’m delighted to return for the series finale. I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.


Wow. An amazing episode tonight, followed by the best Smallville news EVER. I am in heaven. But just to be greedy, now I'm hoping for Greg Beeman to direct! :)

ETA: And it's confirmed! Greg Beeman will direct the Smallville series finale! Yay! From his blog, Beaming Beeman:

Just wanted to blast off some news that makes me very happy. About two weeks ago, completely out of the blue, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson called me and asked if I was available to direct the series finale of SMALLVILLE. I was and... After doing a couple of backflips... I gladly said yes!

Also - As I'm sure you have all heard by now. my good friend, Michael Rosenbaum has just announced that he will be back for the finale as well. So - the cosmos is moving in perfect synchronicity. We have talked and we are both really excited to reunite. He really wants to do the right thing for the fans! It all just feels so right! The old gang will be together again. I am happy.

Read his entire post HERE.

I don't think I could wish for anything more. ♥

ETA2: Greg Beeman has added the news that he'll split directing duties with James Marshall, the same way Tom Welling and Glen Winter did on Absolute Justice. I'm totally cool with that. James Marshall has always been one of my favorite directors, he has one of the longest histories on the show, and it makes perfect sense for him to be involved with the finale.

P.S. -- As announced by the CW - The series finale will be done as a two parter. As of this moment James Marshall will be directing the first half and I the second. James and I are soul-brothers.

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netlynn From: netlynn Date: February 12th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
\o/ HELL YES!!! It's about effing time!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
YAY!! *twirls*
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: February 12th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Sexy Lexy is back!!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Michael coming back changes everything. I can't wait to see Clark and Lex together again! I have chills just thinking about it.

I wish KK would come back, too, but I don't hold out much hope at this point.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: February 12th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Writers better bring their A game.

Love that Michael is trending :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Writers better bring their A game.

Damn straight! I'm hoping one of the reasons he said yes is because they came up with a good story for Lex. *fingers crossed*

Tom and Michael together again! I can't believe it's really going to happen!

Love that Michael is trending :)

How awesome was that? Michael Rosenbaum AND Lex Luthor, trending world-wide! Who needs MoS? This finale IS my Superman movie!
luminousdaze From: luminousdaze Date: February 12th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
My feelings exactly! :D I love you, Michael Rosenbaum!
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: February 12th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't stop shaking!! This is the first news I saw when I woke up this morning and I'm still jumping on my chair like a 4 year old on too much sugar! Ha Ha ha!!

I also imagined Graham when I read "relentless" part. Hee!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! I'm the same way! Best news EVER!! \o/

I also imagined Graham when I read "relentless" part. Hee!!

LOL! Me, too! You have to give him credit, he never gave up hope.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: February 12th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Heaven, I'm in heaven! A fabulous episode tonight followed by the best casting news ever. And I'm hoping you\ll be in luck on the Beeman front - jeannev would probably know.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whatever happens leading up to it, I feel sure the finale will be awesome. Tom and Michael together on my TV screen again, with Beeman and Marshall directing? It doesn't get much better than that. Yay!
jwm_rocks From: jwm_rocks Date: February 12th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Booyah! Thanks for the info.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Smallville will end the way it began, with Clark and Lex. It truly is a dream come true.
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: February 12th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww Conner's tweet!!!!

I really hope the writer bought their A-game to this ep. I suppose that it being a 2hr finale made it worth MR's time as well.
But Clark and Lex!!!! Real Lex (hopefully)!!!!! In the finale!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't that tweet too cute? :)

I want Lex to play the real Lex, too. *fingers crossed* But whatever the storyline, I'll be thrilled to see Tom and Michael together again!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: February 12th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't be more excited!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: February 12th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess I´m the only one who is not excited about this, in particular since he comes back in the finale. I know that even Tom will be happy about this, but I am not because I am very much afraid MR/Lex will steal both Clark´s and Tom´s thunder. The media hype before will be more about MR´s return rather than Clark´s final steps, MR will be voted best actor again on K-Site just for old times sake, and Tom´s contribution to the show will be overshadowed in the reviews by MR/Lex talk. I am sorry that I am such a small mind in this regard but I feel that so much has already been taken away from Clark and Tom that I can´t get excited about this news...
crazy4ew From: crazy4ew Date: February 13th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see where you are coming from, but really, Tom and Michael play really well off of each other; this will raise both their game in my opinion, to the fans' benefit and enjoyment.

Personally I think Tom will be up to the challenge and he will make sure his last performance as Clark Kent will be a memorable one. I haven't been watching for 10 years for nothing! TW is THE main attraction for me.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: February 12th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Amazing how things can change so much from the EW piece on Thursday that was "nope, no way, no how"!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would love to know the true story of how this came to be. Maybe Michael will tell it at a Con someday. :)
sunflowercyn10 From: sunflowercyn10 Date: February 13th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG this IS incredible news!! So glad that Michael decided to do one more curtain call. I bet the cast and crew are even more more thrilled then we are. Beeman too. It just keeps getting better and better. Thank you for being my dependable source sweetie!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been an amazing few days for Smallville fans, that's for sure! And I think Michael's return will help make those last, bittersweet days on set more happy for everyone.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: February 13th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad he's coming back. It wouldn't have felt right any other way.

I just hope the show keeps the focus on Clark in the series finale. Lex and Lois are both sure to play big roles (as they should) as they are the "Big 3" of the Superman mythos. And I know that Clark and Lex's final confrontation will be enjoyable. I just hope that the real focus of the final episode is on Clark. His emotions, his journey. But I think this is great news.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was convinced there was no chance Michael would return. I still can't quite believe it's really going to happen!

I have the same hopes for Clark in the finale, and I completely understand your concerns. But I honestly can't imagine them not making it all about Clark, and from his POV, especially with Beeman involved. *is trying to have faith*

I'm also happy James Marshall will be directing. Over the years, key people have left Smallville in droves, including Beeman himself. James Marshall has been with the show since S1, and has remained loyal, year in and year out. He's a great director, and he deserves to be part of the finale.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: February 13th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh...and I agree. The finale is going to be my Superman movie.

Oddly enough, just the other day....I watched the pilot for Lois and Clark. And damn it if that 2 hour pilot is not light years better than Superman III/IV and Superman Returns. That pilot was AWESOME. It could have been a Superman movie all on it's own.

I'm hoping the same thing for the Smallville finale. This will be my new Superman movie!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The LnC pilot IS awesome! I can't even tell you how many times I've watched it. ♥

I would love for the finale to be able to stand on its own as a Superman movie. And if they released it as a special DVD with a bunch of BTS features, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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