Tom Welling Set to Reprise Smallville Role in Arrowverse Crossover

Tom Welling at Comic Con 2012. Photo courtesy of Tael

There’s Nothing Wrong With A Good Fight. Just Remember, The Man Of Tomorrow Is Forged By His Battles Today.” – Lex Luthor 

As someone who was a huge fan of the early 2000s Kryptonite-infused monster of the week series, the finale of Smallville always bummed me out. More than that, the “no flights, no tights” rule had become a hindrance to the series as it went from being a story about Clark Kent, to one about someone surrounded by the trappings of Superman, held back by corporate bulls***. Well, it seems the show is getting a bit of redemption.

Crossover events in the Arrowverse have become a staple of the Greg Berlanti produced shows since 2013. They’ve seen the likes of “Flash v. Arrow,” “Invasion,” “Elseworlds” and this year will be no different, but it definitely seems to be the biggest. 

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“Crisis on Infinite Earths” is an event that has been hinted at since The Flash series premiered in 2014 and has been subtly building ever since. For fans of Superman, the news just keeps getting better. Off the recent news that Brandon Routh would be reprising his role as Kal-El from the ill fated Superman Returns, it’s just been revealed the Tom Welling will be returning as the Last Son of Krypton for the event as well. In a statement, crossover producer Marc Guggenheim had the following 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.”

Getting to find out how Welling’s version of Superman turned out has me pretty excited for this crossover event. Up to this point, I thought the Smallville: Season 11 comic was the closest I’d get to closure with that character, yet here we are getting to see 10 years into his future. The fact that the production team was so focused on getting Welling back has me more than a little hyped for this event.

Crisis on Infinite Earths will start with Supergirl on Sunday, 8 December and continue throughout the week on Batwoman and The Flash before the winter hiatus. When the show returns 14 January, it will conclude with Arrow and Legends of tomorrow.  

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