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Tom Welling Explains Why He Never Wore Superman Suit in 'Smallville'

Tom Welling played a young Clark Kent in the hit series Smallville, but something you never got to see throughout the series was him suiting up as Superman.

At the end of the series finale, Tom ripped opened his button-down shirt and you saw the Superman logo on the suit, but he was shown from a distance while flying away.

Years later, Tom is finally opening up about the decision to not show Clark in action as Superman.

“It was something that we discussed before we ever shot the pilot with [creators] Al [Gough] and Miles [Millar],” Tom said in an interview with EW. “We literally had a sit down where we talked about the show and I asked about the suit and the tights and the flying, and they said, ‘No, absolutely not,’ part of the reason being is that show is about a teenager trying to figure out who he is. They felt that once Clark put on the cape and the suit, life became too easy, in a sense. They wanted to focus on who this character was before that. And, at the time, because of where visual effects and special effects and stunts were, it would be too expensive. That’s mainly why they save that for movies, more or less.”

Tom explained that there was an idea to have Clark put on the suit in the beginning of the episode and save Lois Lane on a plane, but that idea was shot down.

“We jumped onto this idea that at the end of the show, the idea is that Clark becomes Superman and he’s out there, and we know he’s out there, but we can’t go with him, but that we know and we feel good that he’s out there doing good,” Tom said. “That was what we strove for, and I think we hit it. I liked the ending of the series, because it’s like, ‘Yes, he did it!’ I hope the audience didn’t feel like we didn’t show them something that they needed to see. I felt like we gave them the jumping off point for their imagination as to what could happen.”

Next up for Tom is a recurring role on the Fox series Lucifer!

Smallville: 200th Episode!

Tom Welling hits the set with costar Erica Durance for the 200th episode of Smallville on Monday (August 16) in Vancouver, Canada.

Tom, 33, and Erica, 32, who play Clark Kent and Lois Lane on the show, attend their high school reunion during this episode.

Entering their 10th and final season this year, the 200th episode marks a major milestone for the show. Smallville originally premiered October 16, 2001 on the WB and will be ending their respectable run this season with Clark Kent finally becoming Superman.

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Smallville: Last Season Confirmed!

Smallville will air its tenth and final season next year, its star Tom Welling revealed to HollywoodLife.

“Season 10 of Smallville will be the last season,” Tom admitted. When asked how he pulled off his Clark Kent character for so long, he added, “The real test is when you own it onscreen. Once you think you have perfected things, you’ve got to keep practicing. There is always something to learn! It works for me and it will work for others”

Tom has been busy producing a new project for the CW, the cheerleading drama Hellcats, starring Ashley Tisdale.

'Smallville' Renewed For A 10th Season

Smallville has officially been renewed and will be back for a tenth season!

The CW program has “dramatically improved” in ratings since moving to its Friday timeslot this past season.

Smallville joins the ranks of previously renewed shows Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and America’s Next Top Model, according to a CW release (via Variety).

Smallville‘s ratings for men 18-49 were up 183% and 74% overall!!

Tom Welling Makes Comic-Con Crazy Crazy Crazy

Tom Welling gets a big standing ovation during the Smallville panel discussion at the 2009 Comic-Con Convention on Sunday (July 26) in San Diego, Calif.

The 32-year-old actor will direct two episodes in the upcoming 9th season, which has the theme of “Clark’s darkest hour.” There will also be a drawn-out love triangle with Clark, Lois, and Red-Blue Blur.

Other panelists included Justin Hartley, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue (Zod), and Allison Mack.

To check out Tom‘s standing ovation, check out the vid (4:30 mark).

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Brian Austin Green is Smallville's Metallo

Brian Austin Green, who starred on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, has been cast on Smallville as a villain, kryptonite-powered cyborg Metallo.

TV Guide reports that the 35-year-old actor will appear in at least the first two episodes of Season 9, which premieres Friday, Sept. 2.

Originally, B.A.G. was supposed to join another CW series, One Tree Hill, but the deal fell through. That role went to former Lipstick Jungle hunk Robert Buckley instead.

Sexy Lexy @ Paris Film Festival

TV’s sexiest supervillian Michael Rosenbaum, aka Lex Luthor on Smallville, leaves the Grand Hotel Intercontinental on Friday in Paris, France where he is attending the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival.

Last weekend, Rosenbaum, 34, was in Los Angles to play the Burt Reynolds Dodgeball Invitational, where everyone had to wear a fake mustache (pictured).

Kickin’ It Old School stars Rosenbaum as Kip Unger. Other stars include Jamie Kennedy, Maria Menounos, Bobby Lee, Vivica Fox, et al. Watch the trailer here. Opens on Friday, April 27.


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