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Tom Welling says everyone is on board and hopeful about Smallville animated sequel series

April 12th, 2022 by Marc Comments

For a while now we have been following Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum, Clark and Lex in the show, and their efforts to get a tenth season of the hit show made… as an animated series.

Most recently Welling confirmed that they were pushing for it to happen and hopeful that they could get most of the cast back: “Michael Rosenbaum and I are actually working on an animated series to bring those characters back to life and use as many of the original cast members as possible. Don’t tell anybody, though. It’s a secret. We’re still working on it.”

The news that the duo were working on an animated sequel (here) was welcomed by fans, of which there are still many, and we here at FTN are certainly among them. However, we have been wondering how the new series will play out, given that The CW’s Crisis on Infinity Earths event featured both Welling and Erica Durance as Lois Lane and established that Clark had given up his powers to become a family man:

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Here’s what Welling said at Fan Expo Vancouver recently (you can watch his comments on the video at the bottom of the page): “We’re working on an animated series that picks up right after our Smallville [Season 10] and, again, telling our own story and our vision is that we get Erica [Durance]… It might be tough to get Allison [Mack]… But even Sam Jones III [who played Pete Ross] and Lionel Luthor [played by John Glover] is going to be a big part of that. John Glover wants to do it, we’ve already been into this.

“We’ve already gotten animation, we just don’t have the stories yet because Al and Miles are busy doing Tim Burton-like movies. As soon as they are done with that, we’re going to do this. I want to be Clark’s voice, I want Erica to be Lois’ voice, that’s going to be the fun of it. I think there’s a story that Al and Miles are going to tell that’s individual and new and call it a Multiverse thing. But let’s see where it goes, and it’ll be fun so yeah.”

Durance, as said above, returned as Lois for the Crisis event a couple of years ago and John Glover is a cornerstone of the DC onscreen universes, having appeared in Batman & Robin, Shazam! and both Batman and Superman Animated series, so having him back would be awesome. Alison Mack, who Welling talks about, is currently serving three years in prison – you can read more here if you want – meaning it may be difficult to get her to appear, but her character, Chloe, was an integral part of the series and, as a fan at the time, I believed she may actually turn out to be Lois in the end, but alas, that was just another fan-fiction idea that died cold and alone.

The Al and Miles he mentions are creators of the show Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who are both busy in TV today but having them back would be great as they had a vision for the show that was bold.

Of course, the big question is while this Superman meet Batman and Nightwing like he did in the Smallville: Season 11 comics, left? Will that still be canon? Who knows?

As for the Crisis thing, I reckon Welling saying it’ll be ‘a Multiverse thing’ means that the Clark and Lois we met in Crisis may turn out to be a different version of the duo or perhaps that’s just far down the line and the new series will fill in the timeline between.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….