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Tom Welling talks about the possibility of returning to the role of Superman…

February 1st, 2016 by James Campbell 4 Comments

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With shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends and Tomorrow and Supergirl, it is easy to forget that DC’s television endeavours had very humble beginnings. I am of course referring to Smallville.

For those who are unaware, Smallville was a show centred around the early days of Clark Kent, before he became Superman. However, the best way to describe the show is a cross between Dawson’s Creek and a superhero show.

The reason I bring all of this up is that there have been talks about Tom Welling returning to the role of Clark Kent/Superman for the TV Series, Supergirl. In a recent interview, Welling spoke on the topic. In it he said, “There are people who would like it, there’s people who don’t like it, but I will you that no one has ever asked me to do it. So, I don’t know. It would be kind of odd. I don’t know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman”.

This is obviously referring to the fact that throughout the entirety of Smallville, Welling’s Clark was learning to be Superman, but he never truly played the Man of Steel. Personally though, I would be interested in seeing Welling return to the role. We saw him play the Man of Tomorrow in his formative years for so long, that it would be interesting to see his interpretation of the man when tomorrow does come… That was terrible and I apologise.

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My name is James and I am a long time fan of Movies, TV and Comics. I am currently a student, wrapping up my education at Aberystwyth University. I have an undergraduate degree in film and television and I’m working on my Masters in scriptwriting. My personal favourite comic character is the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and I view the film adaptation as one of the most horrifying experiences I have had in a movie theatre. As far as film and television go, I am usually willing to give any genre a try, as long as the project is well executed.

  • jason

    DC TV began with Smallville?

    What about The Adventures of Superman, Batman 66, Wonder Woman, Shazam, The Flash, Human Target, Superboy, Swamp Thing, or Lois and Clark?

    Smallville wasn’t original. It wasn’t groundbreaking. It wasn’t even good. It was a cheesy teen soap opera that was for the most part ashamed to be a full on comic book show, despite adapting most of the major Superman villains and story arcs long before Clark even becomes Superman. Tom Welling is a terrible actor and Smallville is best forgotten. Absolutely atrocious costume design and action sequences.

    • http://www.followingthenerd.com followingthenerd

      James means more the current era of DC TV. And he did say it was a large part like Dawson’s Creek. That said, it has a massive following…

      • jason

        Chairman Mao has a massive following too. Doesn’t mean he was good.

        And he didn’t qualify it by referring to the current era. He said, “…it is easy to forget that DC’s television endeavours had very humble beginnings. I am of course referring to Smallville.”

        And even still, there were only four years between Lois and Clark (which also sucked) and Smallville. Hardly what you would call a different era.

        • http://www.followingthenerd.com followingthenerd

          Yes, but Lois and Clark struggled and wasn’t successful. The current, successful DC line up started with Smallville. It was the template that started Arrow, Flash etc…

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