Since Supergirl debuted as part of the Arrowverse, I’ve wanted to see Tom Welling reprise his Smallville role, Clark Kent. I dropped off the last season or so, but Smallville was an important show for me when it first aired 18 years ago. This was a time when superheros weren’t everywhere—the biggest movie at the time was the first X-Men movie. The last time we saw Superman was in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
In 2001, no one liked comic books or movies based on them. It wasn’t cool to be a nerd. Even the Internet was relatively small and not that easy to find like-minded people. Watching a version of Superman, who was around my age and going through similar high school drama I went through, was a defining moment.
That’s why millions of Smallville and Arrowverse fans, myself included, were overjoyed when news broke that Welling would be returning for Crisis on Infinite Earths. According to Deadline, Arrow co-creator and executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, had this to say:
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it. So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.”
TOM WELLING, LEGEND
While I’m sure Smallville does play a role in the success of the Arrowverse; the success of the MCU didn’t hurt either. That’s not to say we wouldn’t have gotten a version of the Arrowverse—it could have been Justin Hartley’s Aquaverse. I think Arrow star, Stephen Amell, sums up the importance of Welling’s involvement perfectly:
There’d be no crossover without Tom Welling. So Tom Welling is in the crossover. pic.twitter.com/9HqffyYUDh
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) September 19, 2019
Welling joins fellow Supermen Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh as versions of the Man of Steel appearing on Crisis on Infinite Earths later this year. Hoechlin will be reprising his Supergirl role of Earth-38’s Superman. Routh, who also play Ray Palmer (The Atom) on Legends of Tomorrow, is playing the Kingdom Come version of Superman. Routh previously portrayed the character in 2006’s Superman Returns. It’s unclear if that Superman will become the version that Routh will be playing in the crossover.
The upcoming mega-crossover will unite the entire Arrowverse series franchise—Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the newest series, Batwoman. The five-episode epic that will span two quarters, with three episodes airing in December and the two concluding installments debuting in January. Additionally, characters from Black Lightening, another CW DC superhero show that isn’t set in the Arrowverse, will be appearing in the crossover.
Kev is the host of the podcast, Everything is Awesome and is the co-host of The Zombcast. He is the former host of the podcasts Happy Hour with Steel Tip, Creepcast, Happy Hour, 30 Minute Outsider, The Muff Squad, That's Entertainment, 215th Entertainment Presents: Sounds of Philly, Academic Nerds, and OuaT: The Unofficial Once Upon a Time Podcast.
Kev also writes for Dark Knight News and is working on a science fiction series.
Most of all, Kev is a dad to two wonderful children.
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