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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!

Would Tom Welling Reprise 'Smallville' Role on CW's 'Supergirl'? He Responds...

Tom Welling and his Lucifer co-star Lauren German pose on the red carpet together at the FOX 2017 Summer TCA Tour after party on Tuesday (August 8) in West Hollywood, Calif.

While on the red carpet, Tom, 40, was asked if he would ever reprise his Smallville character of Clark Kent on the current CW series Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist in the title role.

“No, and I mean that respectfully,” Tom told TV Guide. “It’s a different tone. That show is great; it does really well, but I don’t think the character I played exists in that world.”

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Tom Welling Joins 'Lucifer' Cast, First TV Role Since 'Smallville'!

Cool news was announced at Comic-Con for fans of Fox’s Lucifer and actor Tom Welling!

The 40-year-old actor is set to return to television for the first time since Smallville in a role on the third season of Lucifer.

Tom is set to play “Marcus Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant who is everything Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is not – strategic, reserved and well-respected. However, they also both have a lot in common, like being charming, handsome and incredibly charismatic. So when Pierce begins to develop a connection with Decker (Lauren German), Lucifer’s devilish traits are inflamed,” according to THR.

Just like Smallville, Lucifer is based off a character from the DC Comics franchise!

13 of Tom Welling & Girlfriend Jessica Rose Lee's Cutest Photos Together!

Tom Welling and his girlfriend Jessica Rose Lee have been together for over two and half years now and they have shared so many great moments on Instagram!

While the 39-year-old former Smallville actor posts very irregularly on social media, Jessica has posted lots of cute photos of the couple and we’ve gathered the best ones.

The couple started dating in early 2014 after Tom split from his ex-wife Jamie White following ten years of marriage. His divorce was finalized in November 2015.

Jessica is the founder of Saddler Club, a California equestrian lifestyle brand benefiting rescue horses through sustainable fashion. Tom is a known horse-lover so that is definitely something they share in common!

Click through the slideshow for Tom Welling and Jessica Rose Lee’s cutest photos…

Tom Welling & Ashley Greene Help Launch Mobile Game '6 Bullets To Hell'!

Tom Welling keeps it cool and casual as he hits the red carpet at the 6 Bullets to Hell Mobile Game Launch Party held on Tuesday (May 10) in Los Angeles.

The 39-year-old actor was joined at the event by Ashley Greene and her boyfriend Paul Khoury, Ryan Rottman, Alexandra Chando, Sean Faris and his girlfriend Cherie Jimenez, Allie Gonino, Arielle Vandenberg, Blair Redford and Cassie Scerbo.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tom Welling

“@tessmer ripping for #6bulletstohell #compliments of @timnewfang,” Tom captioned with his Instagram post of his pal Eric Tessmer hitting the stage at the event.

35+ pictures inside of Tom Welling, Ashley Greene and others at the launch party…More Here! »

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Tom Welling Joins Instagram - See His First Two Photos!

Tom Welling is officially on Instagram and he has already shared some photos!

The 38-year-old actor, who rose to fame with his work in the Superman series Smallville, can be seen on the big screen in The Choice this weekend.

Tom recently said he would be open to reprising his role as Clark Kent on Supergirl.

“Yeah! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about that, and the funny thing is, I’ve never been asked. They’ve never asked me. So, we’ll see. It’s a great show; I’ve seen it,” Tom told Access Hollywood.

When asked if he’s ready to get back into the tights, he joked that he “might need a little notice!”

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Benjamin Walker & Tom Welling Suit Up for 'The Choice' Premiere!

Benjamin Walker and Tom Welling arrive looking so handsome at the premiere of their film The Choice held at ArcLight Cinemas on Monday evening (February 1) in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old actor brought along his mom Jeannine as his date for the evening – so cute! Tom, 38, walked the red carpet with girlfriend Jessica Rose Lee and they linked arms and posed for photos together.

We recently got our hands on a fan-shot video of Benjamin showing off his very impressive piano skills in a hotel lobby in Dallas, Texas! Watch below…

Benjamin Walker Shows Off His Piano Skills

FYI: Benjamin is wearing Armani. Tom is wearing a Calvin Klein suit and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. More Here! »

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