If fans want to be as up to date as possible with the lives of our returning Smallville characters, it seems DC Warner Bros. and The CW are advising them to do their homework before the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event which will see at least their versions Clark Kent and Lois Lane return to our TV screens after eight years.
However, television is not where the characters of Smallville last appeared as there was a sequel comic-book tie-in series that followed on from the televised series that ended in 2011. This comic-book series has now been confirmed by the executives of the Arrowverse as canon to Smallville continuity and will help shape the lives of Superman and Lois Lane eight years after TV fans saw them almost walk down the aisle for a second attempt before Superman rushed off to save the day once more.
While some of the current Arrowverse shows have also spawned comic-book serials, there has been no definitive evidence that the events of these comics are linked to their TV counterparts, making Smallville the first show in Arrowverse canon to have a tie-in comic-book series, with Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray both being animated web serials within the universe.
Smallville’s comic-book series was also dubbed as Season 11 of the Smallville series as it progressed the story of the characters from the television series. In the eight titles that the series produced, there were various plot points and reveals that have now become canon due to the recent Arrowverse announcement, including the death of certain fan-favourites, the revival of other fan-favourites and introduction of more fan-favourites from the wider DC Universe including Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
Crisis on Infinite Earths so far will include Smallville’s Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprising their respective roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, while the executives controlling the Arrowverse refuse to disclose if more Smallville actors will reprise their former roles, Michael Rosenbaum, who famously portrayed Lex Luthor, has stated he will not return for the event.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will occur over five episodes of current Arrowverse shows between December 2019 and January 2020.