‘Smallville’ animated series to be pitched to Warner in January

On a recent episode of his "Inside of You" podcast, "Smallville" actor Michael Rosenbaum stated that the animated reboot of the hit super-origin series will officially be pitched to Warner Bros. this coming January.

Lex Luthor actor Michael Rosenbaum has stated that the “Smallville” animated series will be pitched to studio heads this upcoming January in a conversation with Clark Kent actor Tom Welling.

Rosenbaum shared the information on his podcast “Inside of You,” where the former “Smallville” actor interviews various celebrities. In episode 195, Rosenbaum was joined by friend and fellow “Smallville” alum Tom Welling.


“You know we’re not going to talk about it,” Rosenbaum said to Welling during the podcast. “But a lot of people have asked about the animated series, the ‘Smallville’ animated series that you and I are working on.”

During his interview with Welling, Rosenbaum stated that the “Smallville” animated series will be pitched to Warner Brothers next month.

“It’s fun,” Rosenbaum said. “We’re going to pitching in January, to Warner Bros., and we’ve got some great people that are attached. We’re hoping that they bite.”

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According to Rosenbaum, writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who created “Smallville” back in the early 2000’s, will be involved in the animated series, which presumably would air on HBO Max.

“We’ve got a great pitch,” Rosenbaum said.

“The only thing we can say is that it is moving forward, which is a lot of fun,” Welling stated in the podcast. “We talked about it, actually, for a few years and then we actually did it.”

The two co-stars turned friends did not share any further details about the show and, as of right now, it’s only a well developed idea between the two.

As the podcast continued, Rosenbaum continued asking Welling about his time on “Smallville,” and his time on other shows. Then the former Lex Luthor asked the former Clark Kent whether he’d consider playing the Man of Steel someday.

“Yes, I think it would be fun,” Welling said. “I would like to think that I could add an element that maybe hasn’t been there for a while. Maybe Superman is not so detached, maybe he’s not such an alien.”


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“Smallville” ran for 10 seasons, 217 episodes, on the WB and CW from 2001 to 2011. It won three prime-time Emmys and is widely considered one of the greatest comic book inspired series to date.

The show follows a young Clark Kent through his formative years as he grows to become Superman.

“Smallville” stared Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, John Glover as Lionel Luthor and many others. The entire series is currently available to stream on Hulu.

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