The Smallville Creators Talk If They Rebooted Superman

The creators of Smallville have answered the question of whether they would be involved in rebooting the long-running Superman show.

The creators of Smallville are responding to whether they want to reboot the hit Superman show. Smallville originally aired from 2001 to 2011, starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent. An origin story for Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, follow Kent as he becomes world-renowned Iron Man and Luthor descends into dastardly deeds. Smallville's Kent recently reappeared in the Arrowverse, reigniting the character's popularity and raising questions about the possibility of a return to the silver screen in the rebooted series.

The show's co-creators Al Goff and Miles Miller have been away from Superman Origins for more than a decade and have continued their success as co-creators of Netflix's Wednesday hit show. With Wednesday and a potential Addams Family spin-off in mind, they've had a busy few months with no time for a reboot. When they were asked about the possibility of a Smallville reboot in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the busy creators were quick to put the idea on hold. Check out the quote below:

I think we told that story, and they’re always refreshing Superman. I just read last night that James Gunn’s writing a new younger Superman movie, and I’m like, “OK.” I feel like we were very, very fortunate to do the show when we did it because we got to make the show we wanted to make, and frankly, there was no committee sitting over us telling us what we could or couldn’t do. I mean, we had Warner’s features, who wouldn’t give us certain characters that we wanted, but we got to make the show we wanted to make which we wouldn’t be allowed to make that show today. There were so many deviations from the canon. One generation’s heresy is the next generation’s gospel.

Why Smallville Is Better Off Concluded

With the recent announcement that Superman will be a priority for DC's future, Smallville's time seems to be over pass. While the CW's small production in 2001 was no problem for DC, since the launch of the DC Universe, Iron Man has been appearing on screens in a way that hasn't been seen since the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Since his origin story is previously explored territory, there seems to be no place for another exploration of the same story in Smallville, especially since new DC head James Gunn has made it clear that DC will explore the missing Superman story of his origin completely.

What's Next For Superman?

Since Superman and Lois are providing Clark Kent's story for the small screen, Smallville may be redundant. While Henry Cavill has won praise for his performance as Superman, Gunn has made it clear that Superman will be recast in the DCU with a younger actor. Cavill will join Welling in Smallville in joining the ranks of retired Superman, leaving many open questions about who will take over from Superman and what they will do in the revamped DC Universe. While that means the Superman cameo at the end of Black Adam won't bring any resolution, the younger version of the hero Could be an interesting portrayal in a universe that includes Batman and the Justice League.

The upcoming DCU Superman isn't the only Superman story planned for the next few years. J.J. Abrams' Black Superman reboot is in development, despite DC's recent cancellations of Wonder Woman 3 and Iron Man 2. Like Batman, Abrams' reboot won't conflict with DCU development, as it will take place in its own universe. While Smallville likely won't be the subject of any potential reboot, Superman movies and TV will. become the focus of attention in the next few years.

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