Yesterday, June 23, Tom Welling, who played Clark Kent, revealed that he’s working on an animated continuation of The CW series “Smallville” with former co-star Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor.
Nothing has been made official yet, but it’s only a matter of time before the trades get a hold of this and an official confirmation is revealed. All we know is Welling, during a Cameo video that has since been shared everywhere, did hint and allude that an animated variation or revival of the fan-favorite series is in the works.
The sudden news comes as a positive sign of hope and something that fans have been wishing for since the series came to a close after ten seasons spanning 217 episodes. The series did get revived when some of the writers from the series began production on the digital comics, which was referred to as “Season 11” at the time.
“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,” said Welling in his message. “Don’t tell anybody, though. It’s a secret, we’re still working on it.”
Of course, fans do remember Welling reprising the role of Clark Kent for the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event, but it was a very brief appearance and he didn’t suit up as Superman. The appearance was nice and quelled the hunger emanating from fans but many still hold out, hoping for some kind of follow-up that would also feature Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor.
It sounds like things are only in the very early stages of development, and we have no idea if this will be a new DC animated series for HBO Max or something else entirely. Whatever the case may be, there’s a chance somebody somewhere is not too pleased about Welling letting the cat out of the bag!
The Daily Planet is waiting for official confirmation regarding this information. Expect an article once it’s confirmed.