After years of rumours circulating the theory that the universe Smallville occupies is going to eventually become a part of DC TV’s current Arrowverse, it seems prayers have been answered as it has been confirmed Tom Welling will return to his former role as Clark Kent aka Superman in the upcoming five-episode crossover event.
It has already been confirmed that both Tyler Hoechlin and Brendon Routh will appear as different versions of Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths with Hoechlin reprising his current Supergirl role as the Man of Steel and Brendon Routh portraying the comic-book Kingdom Come Superman thirteen years after the actor portrayed another version of the character in Superman Returns.
However, it now seems like the Arrowverse will be showing off multiple versions of the Last Son of Krypton as Welling returns to his most famous role just over eight years after Smallville aired its final episodes.
Smallville was a ten season series that starred Welling as a teenage version of Clark Kent as he learned about his Kryptonian heritage, acquired and developed his powers as well as falling in love and poised to marry his true love Lois Lane, portrayed by Erica Durance, who also starred in the Arrowverse as Kara Zor-El’s mother Alura.
Last year’s crossover event Elseworlds saw a nod to the noughties DC series as Tyler Hoechlin’s Clark Kent was seen to be living on the same Kent Farm from the aforementioned series, as well as a snippet of the theme song “Save Me” performed by Remy Zero playing over the scene.
After supposedly hanging up his cape in May 2011, Welling has since been begged to return to the role only for the actor to focus on small indie roles, until he returned to The CW and comic-book properties in 2017 when he landed the role of Lieutenant Marcus Pierce/Cain on the third and supposedly final season of Lucifer.
Other actors returning to their former roles for the upcoming crossover include the veteran voice actor Kevin Conroy from the 90s Batman: The Animated Series as “a future version of the Dark Knight and the 60s Batman’s Burt Ward in an as yet undisclosed role.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will air over five episodes from December 2019 to January 2020