For years, fans got to enjoy Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, butting heads with Clark Kent on The WB’s classic series Smallville. And seven years after the show has gone off the air, it seems like he’s ready to return to the diabolical genius.
Responding to the reports of Henry Cavill potentially leaving the role of Superman in future cinematic appearances, Rosenbaum made a humorously tongue-in-cheek comment.
Rosenbaum took a shot at the current actor with the mantle of Lex, as Jesse Eisenberg has already played the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. But after the poor reception and box office performances of those movies, it remains to be seen if there are plans for Eisenberg to reprise the role.
There might be an opening for Rosenbaum, especially with the launch of the new streaming service DC Universe. That platform will be home to original content as well as past shows and films, and many fans are requesting Smallville to be added to the service.
There’s also the possibility that Smallville could be revived as an animated series with the original cast, picking up where the show left off as Clark Kent embraced his destiny as Superman. Without the limits of a TV budget, the animated series could do what the original series could not in terms of full scale superhero battles fitting for the Man of Steel.
“I mean, animated could be fun,” Welling said.
“I said to Al [Gough, Smalville co-creator], we should do an animated Smallville,” Rosenbaum replied. “That would be huge! I mean, Smallville: The Animated Series, with all the real voices? And I wouldn’t have to shave my head! We’ve got to do that. Can you imagine us on mics doing the same dialogue?”
“Yeah, absolutely,” Kreuk said. “I’ve never thought about it, but that sounds like it could be a lot of fun… Michael wouldn’t want to shave his head again, I’m fairly certain. But yeah, that would be a lot of fun. I haven’t seen those guys in a long time.”
It’s just a matter of time until someone starts a petition for a Smallville animated series, so be on the lookout…
Earlier this week, Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk was asked if she would be up for a reunion project, to which she answered with an earnest, “Yeah, absolutely. I’ve never thought about it, but that sounds like it could be a lot of fun.”
Of course, Kreuk isn’t the first former cast member of the young Superman series to express their interest in such an endeavor. Both Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum, who played Clark Kent and Lex Luthor respectively on the series, have entertained the idea of coming back together to tell more Smallville stories in animated form.
Even Justin Hartley, who played Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on the long-running show, said he’d be up for a guest stint on Arrow if the role was right. On top of all that, Erica Durance, who played Smallville’s Lois Lane, is already guest starring on Supergirl, which means she is obviously willing to continue to be a part of the DC television family.
So far, everyone one of Smallville‘s main actors who have been asked have indicate they’re willing to revisit the roles they famously played. But why stop at an animated series when we could have a full blown crossover with the rest of the Arrowverse?
How could such a crossover come about? Well, that’s relatively easy. The Arrowverse, and more specifically the Grant Gustin-starring Flash television series, has established the DC Multiverse as a basic part aspect of its heroes’ mythology. Many characters from other alternate Earths have popped up over the years, and some of the main heroes have even visited alternate Earths, like Supergirl’s universe or the nazi-led Earth-X. There is nothing stopping the Smallville universe from simply being re-introduced as one of the 52 Earths that constitutes this Multiverse.
With the Flash, Vibe and the Legends of Tomorrow all able to access alternate realities and timelines, any one of them could be what serves as the bridge between the two shows’ realities, allowing the casts of both universes to freely interact. Stephen Amell’s Arrow could meet with an alternate, older version of himself that just so happens to look like Justin Hartley, Supergirl could meet different versions of not only herself, but her cousin and Lois Lane, and Rosenberg’s Lex Luthor could be the villain everyone has to stop together.
Of course, such a project wouldn’t be without its complications. For example, both Welling and Rosembaum are more eager to return for an animated project, given that the Lex Luthor actor isn’t exactly itching to shave his head. However, a return appearance could easily explain such things as Luthor’s hair, or the aging of the characters. In fact, the Smallville universe could be painted as some sort of Kingdom Come-esque reality where the heroes are older, more experienced, and perhaps even being phased out. This would allow Welling’s Superman to be a more grizzled Man of Steel, with a costume that would prevent Welling from having to don the classic Superman suit he was never really keen on wearing. In fact, a more practical costume for his older Superman would be just one more layer to ensuring this venture would stand out in fans’ eyes.
A crossover between Smallville and the Arrowverse cast seems like a no-brainer, one that really should have happened by now. There is immense possibility for fun interactions, and it would also be a nice way to acknowledge the success of Smallville, and the universe of superheroes it led to. But even more than that, it’s something that most fans would love to see. It could easily become a highly-anticipated event, and a milestone of modern television. With most of the main cast members of Smallville willing to return for a reunion of some sort, what better way then to rope the series up into the Arrowverse, and show us a possible future for a dearly departed series.
That’s right! Celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary, Hulu has announced that the entire series of Smallville will be available to stream starting on October 1st!
Smallville ended in 2011, having reached 10 seasons. The series starred Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum and John Schneider.
Make sure to check it out on Hulu on October 1st!
The Kentucky Museum will now have villainous ties to the comic book world as Lex Luthor’s suit is prepared to go on display.
Michael Rosenbaum, a WKU alumnus, played Luthor, arch nemesis of Superman, on the TV series “Smallville.” Rosenbaum is donating one of Luthor’s suits to the museum’s Instruments of American Excellence exhibit.
“It’s the white suit that Lex Luthor wears… when he becomes president in the future and we see glimpses of that throughout the ‘Smallville’ series,” he said.
The exhibit, which opened in the fall of 2012, showcases many artifacts from American history and pop culture, ranging from heels worn by actress Liza Minnelli to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s first telescope. Regional items, such as Louisville Slugger bats, are also on display.
“The thrust of this exhibit is having ordinary things that people used to do extraordinary things,” John Perkins, director of development and special projects, said.
All items in the collection were received as donations, including Rosenbaum’s latest addition.
“It was a joint effort by our chair Dan Murph and a number of board members to tell people about this grand idea (for the exhibit) and really get them to be behind it,” Brent Bjorkman, interim director of the museum, said.
Rosenbaum said it was Perkins who reached out to inquire if he would be interested in contributing to the permanent exhibit.
“I got this email out of the blue… and he told me a lot about (the museum) and I thought it was pretty fascinating,” Rosenbaum said. “At first I thought ‘I don’t belong there.’ I mean, this is John Wayne and Liza Minnelli’s shoes.”
He was reminded by Perkins that “Smallville” was an extremely popular show in American pop culture during it’s stint on air.
“I always think about, you know I was just an actor on that show, but then you bump into people, soldiers who were in Iraq and they say, ‘Hey, it got me through the war’…so it’s humbling,” he said. “So I thought, you know, why not? It was kind of an iconic show and it lasted 10 years, it was pretty popular, so I said how about the white Lex Luthor suit that he wears when he becomes president.”
Rosenbaum had kept one of the two white suits used on the show. It’s this suit that he will send down to go on display.
After the museum acquires the suit from Rosenbaum, it will go through a screening and cleaning process by the museum curator and her team.
Donna Parker, exhibits curator, said the donation is exciting.
“The first thing we’ll do is take it and evaluate it… and if it needed any kind of cleaning, we would clean it,” Parker said.
Following this and several other cleaning steps, the team would check to be sure no repairs need to be made to the seams of the suit and begin building a form or mannequin to display the suit.
“You either want to purchase or make a form that will fit the piece,” she said. “A lot of times what we do is take a form and pad it out… to fill the form (of the clothing).”
There is not a set date yet on when the white suit will be on display, but Parker and others on the curation team ensure it will be up once they’re able to go through normal preservation and display procedures.
Having played a young Lex in 154 episodes of the ‘Superman’ prequel series, Rosenbaum is to date the most prolific live action actor in the role of Superman’s industrialist nemesis; John Shea, who took the role in ‘Lois and Clark’ AKA ‘The New Adventures of Superman,’ shot only 25 episodes.
Nor does Rosenbaum’s association with the DC universe end there, as he also voiced The Flash in 54 episodes of the ‘Justice League’ animated series.
Whilst discussing his feature directorial debut ‘Back in the Day’ with Cinekatz, the subject of Luthor and DC inevitably came up, and Rosenbaum clearly counts himself lucky to be part of that realm, having been the subject of fan campaigns to reprise the role in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ (as we’ll keep informally referring to the film until Warner Bros tell us different).
“I think the most loyal fans are the DC fans… It was amazing to see all of the fans reaching out on Twitter and all of the kind words to get me to be Lex Luthor again. I didn’t do anything, I just sat back and thought it was really sweet. I’m very lucky.”
Asked on his feelings about the divisive casting of Eiesenberg, and whether he had any advice for the new Lex, Rosenbaum’s response was similarly humble.
“First off, I think he’s a really good actor. I don’t think he needs any advice from me, he’ll do his homework. Do it your way. I’m sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason.
“Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you’re trying to emulate someone, you’ll always be compared.
“That’s why I didn’t want to be compared during ‘Smallville.’ I didn’t watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He’ll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it.”
Interestingly, though Rosenbaum remains most popularly associated with Luthor, that isn’t the DC role the actor feels the greatest personal affinity with.
“I would lean toward The Flash kind of guy. The guy who wants to take light of the situation, when everyone is so upset and the world is dying he’s like, “Hey everything’s going to be alright! Let’s go bowling!”… I have some evil in me but I’d be positive for the most part.”
Asked whether he’d been keen to play any other DC character, Rosenbaum clearly doesn’t aim low, replying, “I think I’d be a fantastic Joker. I think I could crush The Joker.”
By now I am sure you have all heard about Jesse Eisenberg getting the role of Lex Luthor in the new Superman vs Batman movie and if you are anything like me you are shocked and angry. Why would anyone choose Jesse, who is a very good actor but over Michael who has proven on Smallville that he can make a villian have more than one side. His portrayal of Lex amazed me and whenever I have a Smallville rewatch I am more and more amazed at how incredible Lex is on there and it is down to Michael taking a well known character and transforming him into more than just the bad guy.
Now we as a fandom need to stand up and make our presence known some of my friends have taken a stand and started a petition and made a facebook page. I ask you all to please sign it and hit the like button and spread the word throughout the fandom. We need to come together to show them the following that Michael has and how much we want to see him as Lex on the big screen.
Sign the petition HERE
Like the facebook page HERE
The Man of Steel sequel will happen, and when it does, Superman will need his Lex Luthor. Back in June, we told you how Smallville’s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum, was lobbying to be Lex Luthor again in Man of Steel 2.
Rosenbaum is still on his quest to make his Luthor-shaped dreams come true, and he’s enlisted an unlikely ally — Stan Lee.
While at a convention recently, Rosenbaum got Stan Lee’s signature. While Lee was signing, he also took the opportunity to include a little message, which Rosenbaum was very keen to tweet.
“The best Lex Luthor.” Considering the many actors who have played the part, those are some big words. We’re just not sure what the value of those words is. Yes, Stan Lee is arguably the biggest living legend in comics. He’s a Marvel man, though! He’s the Marvel man! This could just as easily be an argument against Rosenbaum as one in favor.
Still, it’s pretty cool. Let it never be said that Stan Lee does not occasionally like to stir things up.
With the sequel to “Man of Steel” already greenlit and entering the planning stages, websites are already publishing their “who should play Lex Luthor” lists (ours is probably coming any day now). One such site is Buzz Focus, whose list got a little bit of a celebrity spotlight.
Yeah, that’s Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who portrayed Lex Luthor on the TV series “Smallville” for seven years. Judging by that tweet, he wouldn’t mind another go at the maniacal mastermind. He even takes a joking shot at fan favorite Luthor, Bryan Cranston, who has shown that he’s capable of unrelenting intensity and villainous focus on his show “Breaking Bad.”
But would Warner Bros. ever entertain the notion of casting Rosenbaum? It would be cool, to see the same actor offer up a different interpretation of the same character, stuffed inside of a new, larger universe. The biggest drawback, though, is that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to separate the “Man of Steel” sequel from “Smallville,” probably leading to a lot of unneeded confusion.
The rest of Buzz Focus’ list is interesting, particularly their inclusion of Jon Hamm and Joaquin Phoenix. Either of those guys would own as Lex Luthor. But let’s not forget the old rumors that Bradley Cooper would shave his head and tussle with Superman. At this point, with “Man of Steel 2” so early in development, anything is possible.
It’s summer time, and that means only one thing. It’s time for the Porties!
Airlock Alpha announces the 2011 Portal Award nominees, with 15 television shows, five movies and some of the biggest names in the genre competing for a spot in the winner’s circle of the 12th installment of the awards.
Leading the way are both a newcomer and a fan favorite: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Fox’s “Fringe.” Both received seven nominations, including Best Series/Television.
They were followed closely behind by “Doctor Who” with six nominations, “Stargate: Universe” with five nominations and “Caprica” with four. Rounding out television nominees were “Warehouse 13” with three nominations, “The Walking Dead” and “V” with two, and both “The Cape” and “Smallville” with one.
Of those 10 shows, only half will return for eligibility next year, since the others were either cancelled or simply ended their runs.
On the movie side, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” led the way with seven nominations including multiple Best Actor and Best Actress nominations, and Best Movie.
“Inception” and “Thor” had three nominations each, while “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Tron: Legacy” earned one nomination each.
Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away this past spring after becoming an icon in the Doctor Who franchise, receives her first shot at the Gene Roddenberry Award, which honors lifetime achievement. She was nominated along with “Super 8” director J.J. Abrams, former Star Trek torchbearer Rick Berman, “Star Trek” mastermind Gene L. Coon, and author H.G. Wells.
Five classic television shows are trying to reach a hall of fame of their own with the Rod Serling Award. Looking to join a class that includes the original “Star Trek,” the original “Twilight Zone,” the original “Doctor Who” and last year’s winner “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are “Babylon 5,” the original “Battlestar Galactica,” “Quantum Leap,” “Space: 1999” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Fans will have a chance to choose from each category once per day for 30 days beginning June 25 right here at Airlock Alpha.
The Portal Awards, formerly known as the SyFy Genre Awards, were first handed out in 1999, and have since attracted hundreds of thousands of ballots from genre fans from all over the world.
Here are this year’s nominees:
Sean Bean, “Game of Thrones”
Joshua Jackson, “Fringe”
Andrew Lincoln, “Walking Dead”
Eddie McClintock, “Warehouse 13”
Matt Smith, “Doctor Who”
Karen Gillan, “Doctor Who”
Summer Glau, “The Cape”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Paula Malcomson, “Caprica”
Anna Torv, “Fringe”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/Television
David Blue, “Stargate: Universe”
Robert Carlyle, “Stargate: Universe”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
John Noble, “Fringe”
Saul Rubinek, “Warehouse 13”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/Television
Morena Baccarin, “V”
Jane Badler, “V”
Alaina Huffman, “Stargate: Universe”
Allison Scagliotti, “Warehouse 13”
Polly Walker, “Caprica”
The Doctor’s Wife, “Doctor Who”
Epilogue, “Stargate: Universe”
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, “Fringe”
Winter Is Coming, “Game of Thrones”
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
The Adjustment Bureau
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Inception”
Ralph Fiennes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Rupert Grint, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”
Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Emily Blunt, “The Adjustment Bureau”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Ellen Page, “Inception”
Natalie Portman, “Thor”
Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
GENE RODDENBERRY AWARD
Gene L. Coon
ROD SERLING AWARD
Battlestar Galactica (original)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
BEST SPECIAL GUEST/Television
Michael Gambon, “A Christmas Carol,” Doctor Who
Alex Kingston, “Day of the Moon,” Doctor Who
Christopher Lloyd, “The Firefly,” Fringe
Leonard Nimoy, “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,” Fringe
Michael Rosenbaum, “Finale,” Smallville
BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, “Game of Thrones”
Chloe Moretz, “Let Me In”
Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Alessandra Torresani, “Caprica”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
Greg Beeman has written a really nice blog entry about his time filming Smallville’s finale with Michael I have added the parts where he talks about Michael below be aware there are spoilers you can read the full entry at Beaming Beeman as well as other behind the scenes photos of all the cast:
Of course, the most exciting thing was to have Lex return after all this time. Michael really wanted to come back, but he was on a new show (FOX’s “Breaking In” – which had completed the pilot and was just about to begin filming episodes.) I hope I tipped the scales a bit when I called him and told him that I was directing and how pumped I was. Anyway – he soon committed to doing the finale’ and I’m sure you are all as glad as I was.
Of course, because of his new show he couldn’t shave his head as he had in the past – so a bald cap was in order. We were nervous about it, but it was very well done and I think looked good in the end.
Because of Michael’s shooting schedule on his FOX show he could only shoot for one day – A Saturday, about a week before we started filming the rest of the episode. Lex’s character wasn’t in those first red pages I read – but I know Kelly and Brian had plan “B” just in case. Nevertheless, Kelly and Brian rushed to polish the scenes and Michael showed up on a Friday to test the bald cap and get oriented. We filmed all his scenes in one day – a Saturday. (My favorite cool idea of these scenes was when we pull away from the window and the Luthorcorp logo crashes down revealing the “X” in the support structure)
I have to say – that day with Michael was probably the funniest day I’ve had in my career. Michael and I feel the same way about the SMALLVILLE crew – they are our family and we love them! Michael – over the years had learned to mimic and imitate almost everyone on the crew. We were all in a production meeting when he first arrived to much applause and hugs – and it wasn’t two minutes later before he was doing his famous imitation and the room exploded in laughter.
The scenes were no different. Tom and Michael fell right back into their on screen relationship. Even though the Lex/Clark scene and the Lex/Tess scene are very intense and Michael came up with his usual genius subtle performance – Michael and I are both notorious cutups and together we’re twice as bad – between takes was non-stop, sidesplitting, raucous laughter, including us serenading each other with “Oh Sherry” from opposite sides of a massive soundstage. At one point -Michael in his white “President Lex” suit and black glove was standing in front of a green screen telling off-color jokes. I’m off camera yelling, “We’re rolling Michael…” “We’re rolling Michael.” But he still does, like, a five-minute standup act… Oh my God what a day!!!!
By the way my hat is off to Cassidy Freeman for her scene with Michael. They had never worked together, or even met (as far as I know.) She stepped up and crushed the scene – I think her work in that scene is subtle and intense. A long long time ago I read a quote from Robert DeNiro that, in life people put a lot more energy into hiding their emotions from each other than showing them – and that most actors get this wrong. I agree and I always try to direct performance with this intention – Feel the emotion, but then disguise it or re-direct it. The more layers an actors performance can have the better. Cassidy and I worked on the idea that there was an ongoing relationship with Lex and a great love and gratitude to him from her. But also all the pain and betrayal that she has gone though to get here. We talked about how she was entering the scene knowing she would probably never leave the room alive and that she had to disguise her true intentions throughout. Also, that even in the final moment of her death she still loves Lex. That’s a lot of complex stuff in a short scene. What always interests me most is not the dialogue but the moments between the lines – it’s in the pauses that you can read truth.