The time has come for a Smallville reboot. Why now? Well, there are a myriad of reasons. Would this be a Superman television show featuring his origin story? No, this would be a straight-up reboot/revival of the original, and this is how and why it should happen.
First things first — why is now the right time to revive Smallville? DC Comics are going strong on The CW, and the network is not planning to slow down on its superhero slate any time soon.
A Smallville reboot would mean existing outside of the Arrow-verse. Black Lightninghas proven that existing in a solo universe can be done successfully. The rebooted Smallville would take place in the same world as the original and therefore function as more of a revival than a reboot. How and why?
Well, this Smallville reboot would take things back in time a little, and it would not focus on the characters you may expect. Instead of focusing on Clark Kent/Superman, this series would focus on the Luthors — specifically, Lex and his dad, Lionel Luthor.
Yes, The Luthors would be the name of this proposed reboot. No, I am not getting ahead of myself (okay maybe just a little).
Why the Luthors? Because they were two of the best parts of an overall fantastic show, which honestly had no bad ones. Lex and Lionel Luthor’s relationship brought a rich dynamic to the original series. They were the exact opposite of Clark and his father, Jonathan Kent. Lex felt unloved by his father, while Lionel felt like he loved his son in a way that made him “stronger.”
Neither character was an out-and-out villain; rather, the epitome of complicated. Where the Kents were the heart of Smallville, the Luthors were its conflicted soul. When the series lost them, it lost a vast portion of itself and nothing ever filled that void.
If Smallville were to come back, the dream scenario would be for it to focus on the Luthors. You may be wondering: didn’t we already see their story? Yes, but not from their perspective. This revival would not be about the Luthors in the context of their juxtaposition with the Kents. It would be about them independent of the shadow cast by Superman and his family.
Do not get me wrong. I loved that angle of Smallville. However, you cannot rehash past magic; you have to rediscover new aspects to it. So many of the complaints surrounding retreads of any sort is that they are an unnecessary continuation of something that has already been done. In the case of a Smallville revival approached this way, it would be different. The blend of something familiar with a twist of something new.
The CW has told a lot of its stories from the perspective of its heroes, which makes total sense. Telling one from its “villains” would set this project apart. Of course, going this route, the Luthors would not be portrayed as villains. It would keep them close to the moral fiber they demonstrated earlier in the series’ run.
There would be no time table necessary to make that happen on this proposed Smallville revival. By not having Superman present, there is no pressure for Lex’s identity to be dictated, and him to become Clark’s enemy in a certain period.
Given how Smallville left Lex and Lionel’s stories, you may wonder how any of this would be possible. After all, Smallville ended its run with a clone of Lex becoming President of the United States.
To explain all of this, the revival could take things back in time. How far back? Way back, as in Lex being institutionalized far back. Explaining this shift could be done via alternate timeliness or some other plot device. There is a specific event that could serve as the jumping off point for the revival.
The Smallville arc where Lex is committed to Belle Reve and given the electro-shock treatment that wipes his memory would be ideal. Those episodes of Season 3 (Episode 8 and 9) were two of the series’ absolute best. They contained defining moments for all involved, especially Lex and his father.
There was also no going back after those episodes. Lex was on a collision course to becoming Clark’s enemy. In the mythos for this proposed Smallville reboot, let’s imagine a world where Lex did not return to Smallville following his release. Rather, he went to Metropolis and made a life for himself there. The show could pick up an indeterminate time after the events of that episode.
The show could go full-tilt into Lex’s life as a businessman replete with boardroom showdowns and potential takeovers. There would be no shortage of stories to tell in that vein. Let Lex live his lavish life the way he did in the original, devoid of Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen’s broody approach. Let Lex be more of the anti-hero than the villain.
Lex being haunted by what he can and cannot remember could weigh on him. Such a twist could provide the underlying drama that is revisited time and again. That is not entirely necessary though.
The dream would be for the original cast to return and for Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover to reprise their roles as the Luthors. Both of these extraordinary actors brought so much to Smallville.
Personally, Michael Rosenbaum’s performance as Lex Luthor is the gold standard. No one else has brought what he did to portraying the character in any medium. He found the complexity so inherent in Lex, and no matter the storyline, always played it with profound sincerity.
Likewise, John Glover brought a gravitas to Lex’s father that was always multi-layered. It was hard to ever agree with Lionel. However, Glover’s performance always made you willing to hear Lionel out. Glover and Michael Rosenbaum’s portrayals of Lionel and Lex were the exceptional epicenters that drove a great deal of Smallville.
If Tom Welling or anyone else were willing to come back for a Smallville revival that could work too, and it would be amazing. One of the great parts of bringing the show back to this point in its history is that it would allow for fan favorites to return. John Schneider’s Jonathan Kent is among the many that could make an appearance. In this timeline, he and others could still be alive.
Smallville was such a special show and to have it revisited in any form would be exciting. Even if it is as a limited series or (hopefully) something longer-term, it would be marvelous. If it were to ever happen, this or something along these lines is how this fan would like it to see it come to fruition.
I woke up this morning to some really exciting news!
Michael is in a band and originally it was Shit Sandwich because they were just a group of friends playing at their houses. Then the name became The Sandwich and they started playingsome gigs! But today their new name was announced and it is….
LEFT ON LAUREL!
I am so so excited that Michael is going somewhere with his music he looks so sexy on stage and he will be playing with the band in Offenbach, Germany at the Rockwood Music Festival November 16-18! You can get tickets for this HERE
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The slasher rose to prominence in the ’80s, only for the horror subgenre to dwindle in the early ’90s. In the wake of Scream, a new crop of slashers featuring young casts sprung up, including Urban Legend and its sequel, Urban Legends: Final Cut. Both films are coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory with comprehensive special features.
When New England college student Natalie (Alicia Witt, TV’s The Exorcist) finds herself at the center of a series of sadistic murders seemingly inspired by urban legends, she resolves to find the truth about her school’s own legend: a twenty-five-year-old story of a student massacre at the hands of an abnormal Psych professor. As the fraternities prepare to celebrate the macabre anniversary, Natalie discovers that she is the focus of the crazed killer’s intentions in the ultimate urban legend – the unfolding story of her own horrific murder.
The set’s special features are as follows:
- NEW Audio Commentary With Director Jamie Blanks, Producer Michael McDonnell, Assistant Edgar Pablos, Moderated By Author Peter M. Bracke
- Audio Commentary With Director Jamie Blanks, Writer Silvio Horta, And Actor Michael Rosenbaum
- Theatrical Trailer
- NEW Urban Legacy – An eight-part documentary on the making of Urban Legend (147 Minutes) including interviews with director Jamie Blanks, writer Silvio Horta, executive producers Brad Luff and Nick Osborne, producers Neal Moritz, Gina Matthews, and Michael McDonnell, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy, production designer Charles Breen, director of photography James Chressanthis, editor Jay Cassidy, composer Christopher Young, actors Alicia Witt, Michael Rosenbaum, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Robert Englund, Loretta Devine, Rebecca Gayheart, Tara Reid, and Danielle Harris, assistant Edgar Pablos, author Peter M. Bracke, and more…
- NEW Behind-the-scenes footage
- NEW Extended interviews from the eight-part documentary
- Archival making of featurette
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scene
- TV Spots
The making of a horror movie takes on a terrifying reality for students at the most prestigious film school in the country in Urban Legends: Final Cut, the suspenseful follow-up to the smash hit Urban Legend.
At Alpine University, someone is determined to win the best film award at any cost – even if it means eliminating the competition. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Urban Legends: Final Cut is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the shocking climax. Starring Jennifer Morrison (Amityville: The Awakening), Matthew Davis (Below), Joseph Lawrence (Rest Stop), Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider), Anthony Anderson (Scream 4), Hart Bochner (Die Hard), and Loretta Devine (Urban Legend).
The set’s special features are as follows:
- NEW The Legend Continues: Urban Legends: Final Cut Including interviews with producers Gina Matthews and Michael McDonnell, executive producers Nick Osborne and Brad Luff, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy, writer Silvio Horta, and actors Loretta Devine and Rebecca Gayheart
- NEW Interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel
- Audio Commentary with director John Ottman
- Deleted Scenes with optional Commentary by director John Ottman
- Vintage Making Of Featurette
- Gag Reel
- Theatrical Trailer
The bulk of the LEGO DC Super-Villains voice cast has been revealed, and boy: does it feature some pedigree.
While we wait for Ubisoft to properly revive one of their most famous heroes, we can at least look forward to the man who voices Sam Fisher lending his voice to another game. Michael Ironside will play Darkseid in the upcoming LEGO DC Super-Villains.
The rest of the cast are certainly no slouches, either, with Mark Hamill returning to voice The Joker, Kevin Conroy as Batman, and Tara Strong back as Harley Quinn. The voice cast revealed so far:
Mark Hamill (The Joker)
Kevin Conroy (Batman)
Fred Tatasciore (Clayface, Doomsday, Killer Croc)
Gina Torres (Superwoman)
Brandon Routh (Shazam)
Gilbert Gottfried (Mister Mxyzptlk)
Mark Rolston (Deathstroke)
Scott Porter (Aquaman)
Julie Nathanson (Silver Banshee)
Michael Rosenbaum (Flash)
Tara Strong (Harley Quinn)
C. Thomas Howell (Reverse-Flash)
Cissy Jones (Lois Lane)
Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor)
Wally Wingert (Riddler)
Tasia Valenza (Poison Ivy)
Tom Kane (Commissioner Gordon)
Lex Lang (Deathstorm)
Travis Willingham (Superman)
JB Blanc (Penguin, Ra’s al Ghul)
Eric Bauza (Mister Freeze)
Wait, Gilbert Gottfried? That’s me sold.
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…
Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling will both be attending the 2018 Dragon-Con which takes place August 30th – September 3rd at five host hotels in downtown Atlanta, GA; the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Michael will be there on the Saturday and Sunday and he will also be co-hosting the night at Aquarius.
You can find more information and book tickets HERE
Former “Smallville” stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum will both be in attendance at the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention which takes place Sunday, August 12th at The Reef Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Welling is best known for his role as Clark Kent in The WB/CW superhero series “Smallville” and Marcus Pierce on the Fox drama series “Lucifer”. He has also starred in such films as “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” “The Fog,” “The Choice,” and “Draft Day”.
Rosenbaum also starred on “Smallville” in the role of Lex Luthor and most recently as the character Buddy Dobbs on the TV Land series “Impastor”. He has also appeared in over twenty films including “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” “Urban Legend,” “Sweet November,” “Bringing Down the House,” and “Sorority Boys”.
Both actors will be greeting fans, signing autographs, and posing for photo-ops from 11:00AM – 2:00PM during the one-day-only convention although their appearances and panels are subject to change or cancellation.
For more information on the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention including autograph/photo-op pricing and ticket costs, please visit ComicBookSciFi.com.