Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane: It’s Reluctant Man! Whether Smallville was cancelled or just ended is a matter of semantics. The series was certainly a success with its ten season run, but when asked about reprising his Smallville role on CBS‘s Supergirl TV series, Tom Welling told Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman, “It would be odd.”
Welling’s Smallville co-star — Laura Vandervoot, who played Supergirl in Smallville‘s latter years — has been cast on Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist in the title role. Vandervoot is reportedly playing Indigo, a living computer on the CBS freshman superhero show.
This week, Buzzfeed published Wieselman’s piece, “How ‘Smallville’ Changed Tom Welling Forever.” Wieselman tweeted Welling’s discussion of bringing his Smallville character to Supergirl, because the remarks did not make the the final piece.
Per the tweet, Welling said, “There’s people who would like it… there’s people who don’t like it, but I will tell you that no one has ever actually asked me to do it. So, I don’t know. It would be kind of odd. I don’t know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman.”
Here is the tweet:
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 27, 2016
In the published interview, Welling talks about his new project, Section 13, that he’s developing at CBS. If the Tiffany Network greenlights the spy drama, Welling will star, as well as executive produce with Carla Kettner, who is attached as writer.
In the Smallville portion of the interview that did make it to publication, talked turned to the plethora of superhero shows now on TV, which was not the case during Smalleville‘s day.
Smallville followed young Clark Kent as he went from anonymous farm boy to iconic Man of Steel, all while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and find true love. When the series debuted in 2001, television was a substantially less “super” place than it is now with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes Reborn, Gotham, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil currently dominating the landscape.
“It’s a compliment,” Welling said, thinking about the extensive superhero offerings on TV now. “I’m very proud of shows like Arrow [and] The Flash. … They’re able to ground these characters so that the viewer can relate on a human level to people who used to be only in two dimensions.”
Were you a Smallville fan? Would it be “odd” for you to see Welling in the Superman role on the Supergirl TV show? If you could cast him in another guest role on the new CBS series, what would it be? Tell us.