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Smallville is an American television series, which was developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman. In the United States, the first episode of the series originally aired on October 16, 2001; the series finished its ten-year run on May 13, 2011, with 217 episodes. The first five seasons were broadcast on The WB; following The WB's merger with UPN in September 2006, Smallville continued to be aired on the new, combined network, dubbed The CW.[1] All ten seasons are currently available on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4. Since the series premiered, it has averaged 4.47 million viewers per episode over its ten seasons.

Smallville follows the life of Clark Kent (Tom Welling), beginning when he is a teenager in the town of Smallville, Kansas, and continuing through high school, college, and his start at the Daily Planet before he adopts the "Superman" persona. As the series progresses, Clark Kent copes with his emerging superpowers (x-ray vision, super hearing, etc.), exploration of his extraterrestrial origins and discovering his true destiny. The series also deals with the people in Clark Kent's life: his human parents, Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) and Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole); his friends Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Pete Ross (Sam Jones III); his love interest for seven seasons Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk); Chloe's cousin and Clark's love interest since season eight, Lois Lane (Erica Durance); and his friendship with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and how this gradually decays into their mutual enmity of legend.

Series overview[edit]


Season 1 (2001–02)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 1)

Season 2 (2002–03)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 2)

Season 3 (2003–04)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 3)

Season 4 (2004–05)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 4)

Season 5 (2005–06)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 5)

Season 6 (2006–07)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 6)

Season 7 (2007–08)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 7)

Season 8 (2008–09)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 8)

Season 9 (2009–10)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 9)

Season 10 (2010–11)[edit]

Main article: Smallville (season 10)

Home release[edit]

All ten seasons have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. Seasons five and six were also released in the now obsolete HD DVD format on November 28, 2006,[188] and September 18, 2007,[189] respectively. Seasons six, seven, eight, nine and ten have also been released on Blu-ray formats. The DVD releases include commentary by cast and crew members on selected episodes, deleted scenes, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The promotional tie-ins, Chloe Chronicles and Vengeance Chronicles, accompanied the season two, three, and five box sets respectively. Other special features include interactive functionality such as a tour of Smallville, a comic book, and DVD-ROM material.[190] The complete series box set includes additional special features never before released.

Complete season DVD Release dates Blu-ray Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
1st September 23, 2003[191]October 13, 2003[192]December 3, 2003[193]N/A
2nd May 18, 2004[194]September 17, 2004[195]January 1, 2005[196]
3rd November 16, 2004[197]April 18, 2005[198]July 13, 2005[199]
4th September 13, 2005[200]October 10, 2005[201]November 11, 2006[202]
5th September 12, 2006[203]August 28, 2006[204]April 4, 2007[205]
6th September 18, 2007[206]October 22, 2007[207]March 5, 2008[208]September 18, 2007 (US)[209]
October 9, 2007 (CAN)[210]
October 13, 2008 (UK)[211]
March 3, 2009 (AUS)[212]
7th September 9, 2008[213]October 13, 2008[214]March 3, 2009[215]September 9, 2008[216]October 13, 2008 (UK)[217]
March 3, 2009 (AUS)[218]
8th August 25, 2009[219]October 12, 2009[220]March 31, 2010[221]August 25, 2009[222]October 12, 2009 (UK)[223]
March 31, 2010 (AUS)[224]
9th September 7, 2010[152]October 25, 2010[225]March 2, 2011[226]September 7, 2010[152]October 25, 2010 (UK)[227]
March 1, 2011 (AUS)[228]
10th November 29, 2011[229]October 17, 2011[230]April 4, 2012[231]November 29, 2011[229]October 17, 2011 (UK)[232]
April 4, 2012 (AUS)[233]
The Complete Series November 29, 2011[229]October 17, 2011[234]N/A


  1. ^The writers consider "Absolute Justice" two separately produced episodes. However, The CW broadcast them as a single episode, and later packaged it as a single episode in the season nine DVD. Therefore, "Absolute Justice" is both the 185th and 186th episode produced, but only the 185th episode aired.[152][153]
  2. ^The producers consider season nine's "Absolute Justice" two separately produced episodes. However, The CW

It’s been nearly 20 years since Smallvillepremiered on The WB, and nearly 10 since it ended its 10-season, 217-episode run on The CW. Since then, live-action comic book adaptations have taken on a whole new life of their own, on both the small and big screens. But Smallville’s impact as the first of its kind — following a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) on his path to becoming Superman and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) on his path to becoming Superman’s greatest foe — hasn’t been forgotten.

This year’s New York Comic-Con panel, moderated by Star Trek: Voyager’s Garrett Wang, brought together a few cast members for a virtual reunion panel, celebrating Smallville’s “20 Years of Fandom, Friendship, & Flying.” Joining Welling and Rosenbaum to take a stroll down memory lane were Laura Vandervoort, who played Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) in Smallville’s seventh season, and Sam Witwer, who played Davis Bloome in its eighth.

Early in the panel, as the cast shared their stories of where they were when they learned they booked Smallville, Rosenbaum told a story he’d never told before: After having a horrible dream about his grandmother passing away, he called her and told her about the role, as well as about the fact that he was on his way to an audition. As Rosenbaum tells the story, his grandmother assured him, “You’re gonna get this one,” something she’d never said to him before. A week later, his grandmother passed away, and after he left the funeral, he’d received a message from his agent that he’d booked Smallville. “So it was emotional,” explained Rosenbaum, “but I remember she said that, so it was kinda bittersweet.”

The tone of the virtual panel remained relatively light after that, though the reuniting cast members were able to talk about regrets they had about their characters and the issues they faced on set with a bit more levity than they perhaps would’ve at the time. Rosenbaum’s experience was the most different, as he left the show after its seventh season, returning for the series finale. Noting his ADD, Rosenbaum explained that by the seventh season — “or even before that” — he was simply ready to “explode.” Citing the difficulty of keeping 22 episodes of television consistent, Rosenbaum admitted he thought there were “glimpses of greatness” on the show, but they were also peppered in with episodes that were just okay, as well as episodes you’d just want to get rid of altogether.

Witwer noted, “I know that I’ve gone on record saying that I didn’t necessarily agree with how it ended, with me.” After a season of turmoil for Witwer’s Bloome over his evil, murderous half, he found himself finally separated from Doomsday in the Season 8 finale, only to be revealed as just as murderous, then untimely meeting his demise. “But I don’t remember the storyline well enough to know if I’d back that up or if I’ve changed my mind over the years. I just know that I was upset and I’m still upset that I killed my buddy Aaron Ashmore [who played Jimmy Olsen], because Aaron’s such a great guy.”

For Vandervoort, while she made appearances after her time as a series regular in season 7, she wished Kara was in more of the series finale. “She didn’t really have closure,” said Vandervoort. “She just sort of flew off and we never saw her again. It would’ve been nice for myself personally, and I think for the character, to have goodbyes. I didn’t have any proper goodbyes.” Garrett joked about Vandervoort also wanting “more clothing” for the character — as the lack of cover-up for Smallville’s Supergirl was a clear sign of the times — to which Vandervoort wholeheartedly agreed. “Yes, I did ask them to burn the wardrobe when I was done with the show,” she joked. “I would’ve personally liked to have done it, but that’s fine.”

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However, as repetitive as it may have gotten for viewers of the show at the time, Welling revealed just how great his standard Clark Kent wardrobe was for him. ”I loved it because, so often it was blue shirt, red jacket or the reverse, and every once in a while, they’d throw in a plaid shirt. And it made it very simple for stunt guys, and made it [simple] for me. And it was just like, ‘Cool. We don’t have to worry about wardrobe.’ So, in that way, I really liked it. [And] it wasn’t skin tight, it wasn’t any version of a leotard, so that was also helpful.”

Rosenbaum also revealed Welling’s other wardrobe secret. Because the Smallville soundstages were so hot — as Witwer noted, they “were not meant to be sound stages” — for scenes where Welling would be shooting close-up, he’d wear shorts and sandals. Welling explained that “most likely” if you didn’t see Clark from the waist down, then he had shorts and sandals on. Which, honestly, sounds like a fun new game for the Smallville fandom to play: In which scenes is Welling wearing beach wear?

“That’s one of my first memories of Tom,” added Vandervoort. “One of the first scenes I did with him in the loft. We got into his close-ups, and yeah, no pants. Just Birkenstocks and socks, and obviously shorts or whatever. It took the facade away from me a little bit.”

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This article is about the TV series. For the fictional town, see Smallville (comics).

Smallville is an American superhero television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series, initially broadcast by The WB, premiered on October 16, 2001. After Smallville's fifth season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW, the series' later United States broadcaster. Smallville, which ended its tenth and final season on May 13, 2011, follows Clark Kent (Tom Welling) in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, before he becomes the Man of Steel. The first four seasons focus on Clark and his friends in high school and his love story with Lana Lang. After season five Smallville ventures into adult settings, eventually focusing on his career alongside Lois Lane (Erica Durance) at the Daily Planet and introducing other DC comic-book superheroes and villains.

Before the series' production, Bruce Wayne, chronicling the young protagonist's journey toward Batman, was proposed first. Although that series failed to generate interest, it inspired Smallville. Series developers Gough and Millar pitched their "no tights, no flights" rule to the president of Warner Bros. Television, reducing Superman to the bare essentials and examining what led Clark Kent to become the Man of Steel. After seven seasons with the show, Gough and Millar departed with little explanation. Smallville was primarily filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, with local businesses and buildings substituting for Smallville locations. Most of the music for the first six seasons was composed by Mark Snow, who incorporated elements of John Williams's musical score from the Superman film series. In season seven, Louis Febre (who worked with Snow from the beginning) became the series' primary composer.

Smallville was generally positively received when it began. Former Superman star Christopher Reeve expressed approval for the series, making two guest appearances before his death. The pilot episode set a ratings record for a WB debut, with 8.4 million viewers. Over ten seasons the series averaged about 4.34 million viewers per episode, with season two the highest-rated at 6.3 million. By the end of its run, Smallville passed Stargate SG-1 as the longest-running North American science-fiction series by episode count.[2] Since its first season, the series received accolades ranging from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards. Smallville spawned a series of young-adult novels, a DC Comics bimonthly comic-book, soundtrack recordings and series-related merchandise. All ten seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2 and 4. After the series finale in 2011, the story resumed in comic-book form starting in April 2012.

Series overview[edit]

Main article: List of Smallville episodes

The regular cast is introduced in season one, with storylines involving a villain deriving power from kryptonite exposure. The one-episode villains were a plot device developed by Gough and Millar.[3]Smallville's first season primarily dealt with Clark Kent's coming to terms with his alien origin and the revelation that his arrival on Earth was connected to the death of Lana Lang's parents.[4] After the first season the series had fewer villain-of-the-week episodes, focusing instead on individual-character story arcs and exploring Clark's origins.[5] Major storylines include Clark's discovery of his Kryptonian heritage and Lex Luthor's escalating conflict with his father, Lionel.[6] The disembodied voice of Clark's biological father, Jor-El, is introduced; he communicates to Clark through his spaceship, setting the stage for plots involving his role in fulfilling Clark's earthly destiny.[7] In a fourth-season arc Clark, instructed by Jor-El, searches for three Kryptonian stones which contain the knowledge of the universe and form his Fortress of Solitude.[8][9] Clark battles Brainiac in his attempts to release the Kryptonian criminal General Zod,[10] and must capture (or destroy) other escaped Phantom Zone criminals.[11] His cousin Kara arrives,[12] and Lex Luthor discovers Clark's secret.[13] The eighth season introduces Davis Bloome (Smallville's version of Doomsday), and Tess Mercer replaces the departing Lex Luthor. Justin Hartley becomes a series regular as Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) after being a recurring guest in season six.[14] In the ninth season Major Zod (Callum Blue) and other members of Zod's military group are revived (without their Kryptonian powers) by Tess Mercer,[15] and their efforts to regain their powers are the season's central conflict. The final season revolves around Clark's attempts to lose his doubts and fears and become the hero he is meant to be, while confronting his biggest challenges: the coming of Darkseid and the return of Lex Luthor.[16]


Main article: List of Smallville characters

Young, casually-dressed man looking left
Although Welling initially refused to audition for the role of Clark Kent, he changed his mind after reading the script for the pilot episode.
  • Tom Welling as Clark Kent, a young man with superhuman abilities who tries to find his place in life after discovering that he is an extraterrestrial in origin and uses his powers to help those in danger. Clark's season-one problems include his inability to share his secret and his desire for a normal life. After months of scouting, Welling was cast as Clark.[17] David Nutter had to convince Welling's manager that the role would not hurt the actor's film career in order to get Welling to read the pilot script. After reading the script, Welling agreed to audition for the role of Clark Kent.[3]
  • Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, the girl next door. Grieving the loss of her parents, she has empathy for everyone and feels connected to Clark.[18] Kreuk was the first to be cast, after Nutter saw an audition tape the actress had sent.[3] Although she left the series after the seventh season,[19] she returned for five episodes in season eight as a special guest star.[20]
  • Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, a billionaire's son sent to Smallville to run the local fertilizer plant. After Clark saves his life, they become fast friends.[21] As the series progresses, Lex's friendship with Clark crumbles until they consider themselves enemies. The role was difficult to cast;[4] Michael Rosenbaum auditioned twice and, feeling that he did not take his first audition seriously enough, outlined a two-and-a-half-page scene indicating where to be funny, charismatic or menacing.[22] His second audition went so well that he was hired.[4] Rosenbaum left the show after seven seasons,[19][23] reprising his role for the series finale.[24]
  • Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Lana's boyfriend in season one, who becomes jealous of Clark and Lana's budding friendship and hazes him.[21] He reconciles with Clark before joining the Marines and going to Afghanistan.[25] Although Whitney was written out of the show in the first-season finale, he made a special appearance in the season-two episode "Visage" (where it is disclosed that he was killed in action) and was also a guest star in the season-four episode "Façade" (during a flashback to Clark's freshman year of high school). Johnson, who auditioned for Lex and Clark before he was cast as Whitney,[26] was pleased that the writers gave his character a hero's exit.[27]
  • Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, another best friend of Clark's and the first person to whom Clark voluntarily tells his secret.[28] Although he is in love with Chloe,[29] he does not admit it because of the Clark-Lana-Chloe love triangle already in place.[30] Ross was written out of the series at the end of season three, but made a guest appearance in season seven. Jones was the last of the series regulars to be cast, with Gough and Millar seeing him four days before they began filming the pilot.[30] In the comics Ross is Caucasian, but the producers chose to cast Jones (who is African-American).[30]
  • Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, one of Clark's best friends, who is in love with him (although her feelings are not reciprocated).[31] Editor of the school newspaper, her journalistic curiosity and desire to "expose falsehoods" and "know the truth"[32] create tension with her friends (especially when she investigates Clark's past).[33] After learning about Smallville from casting director Dee Dee Bradley, Mack considered auditioning for Lana Lang but auditioned twice for Chloe Sullivan.[32] The character was created just for the series[4] and was intended to have an "ethnic background" before Mack was hired.[32] She has since appeared in the comic book.[34]
  • Annette O'Toole as Martha Kent, Clark's adoptive mother. She and her husband, Jonathan, give Clark wise advice about coping with his increasing abilities. In season five Martha takes a state-senate seat,[35] and in season six she leaves the show.[36] Although Cynthia Ettinger was originally cast as Martha Kent, during filming everyone (including Ettinger) realized that she was not right for the part.[4] O'Toole was committed to the television series The Huntress when Ettinger filmed the original pilot. Around the time the creators wanted to recast Martha Kent, The Huntress was coincidentally canceled, allowing O'Toole to join the cast.[37] The actress had previously played Lana Lang in Superman III.[38]
  • John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Clark's adoptive father, who goes to great lengths to protect his son's secret; according to Schneider, Jonathan is "perfectly willing to go to jail, or worse, to protect his son."[39] Schneider was written out of the show in the series' 100th episode, with Jonathan dying of a heart attack on the night of his election victory.[40] Millar and Gough wanted a recognizable face for Smallville; they were happy to cast Schneider as Jonathan because he was known as Bo Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard, which Gough saw as adding to the belief that Schneider could have grown up running a farm.[4]
  • John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Lex's father. Lionel is responsible for the Kents' adoption of Clark without legal ramifications or questions about his origins.[33] Glover tried to make Lionel seem to try to "toughen [Lex] up", and saw the character as a rich, powerful businessman who was disappointed in his son.[41] Lionel was created for Smallville to parallel the Kents and as an "experiment in extreme parenting."[4] A recurring first-season guest, Glover became a series regular from seasons two to seven until Lionel was murdered by Lex near the end of the seventh season.[42] Lionel returns in a parallel-universe version, also portrayed by Glover, during the final season as a special guest star.[43]
  • Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague, Lana's love interest, in season four. He follows Lana to Smallville from Paris, taking a job as the school's assistant football coach,[44] but is fired when their relationship comes to light. By the end of the season, it is disclosed that he was working with his mother to track the three Kryptonian stones of knowledge.[45] Before he was cast as Jason, Ackles was second in line for the role of Clark Kent.[46] Although he received top billing for season four and was contracted for season five, he was written out of the show in the season-four finale because of his commitment to Supernatural.[47]
Smiling young woman with long, light-brown hair
Erica Durance was cast as Lois Lane days before fourth-season filming began, and her appearance was initially restricted by the film division of Warner Bros.Studios.
  • Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Chloe's cousin who comes to Smallville to investigate Chloe's supposed death[8] and stays with the Kents. Durance, a recurring guest in season four, became a series regular. The producers wanted to bring Lois Lane to the series, and Chloe's supposed death in the season-three finale provided the opportunity. Durance was cast three days before filming began; although she could initially appear in only four episodes, according to the film division of Warner Bros., after negotiations her character was cleared for more appearances.[48]
  • Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Chloe's photographer boyfriend who works at the Daily Planet. Ashmore, a recurring guest in season six, became a regular cast member in season seven. He called his casting a welcome surprise: "I auditioned for [the role] and I put myself on tape. I hadn't heard anything, and a couple of weeks later, all of the sudden (sic), I got the call saying, 'You're going to Vancouver to start shooting Smallville.' It's a dream come true, really."[49] After three seasons on the series (two as a regular), Ashmore's character was killed off. Although Ashmore's Jimmy Olsen was murdered, he said his character was not the "real" Jimmy Olsen, his real name revealed to be Henry James Olsen. Jimmy's younger brother, who appears briefly in the season-eight finale, is intended to be the Jimmy who works with Clark and Lois.[50] Ashmore returns as the younger Jimmy in the series finale.
  • Laura Vandervoort as Kara Zor-El, Clark's Kryptonian cousin. Sent to look after Kal-El (Clark), she was in suspended animation for eighteen years. When the dam confining Kara's ship broke in the season-six finale, "Phantom", she was set free. She has Clark's abilities, including flight.[51] At the end of the seventh season, Kara was trapped in the Phantom Zone. Although Vandervoort did not return regularly for the eighth season,[52] she returned to wrap up her storylines as a guest in season eight's "Bloodline" and as a special guest star in season ten's "Supergirl" and "Prophecy".[53]
  • Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Lex's handpicked successor as LuthorCorp CEO in season eight.[54] Her name is an homage to two Superman characters, Eve Teschmacher and Mercy Graves.[55] Freeman described her character as "fierce", "fun", and "intelligent", with finding Lex her primary season-eight goal. Tess believes that Clark will be able to help her.[56] In the season-ten episode "Abandoned", it is disclosed that her birth name is Lutessa Lena Luthor and she is Lionel's illegitimate daughter.[57]
  • Samuel Witwer as Davis Bloome, a "charismatic" paramedic struggling with inner darkness,[54] Davis Bloome is Smallville's version of Doomsday (the only character to kill Superman). Davis would come to resemble his comic-book counterpart over the course of the season.[58]Brian Peterson said that with Michael Rosenbaum's departure, the new executive producers were looking for a villain "as great as Lex" and Doomsday fit the bill.[59]
  • Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, the CEO of Queen Industries and leader of a small group of superheroes known as the Justice League. Hartley, a recurring guest in the sixth and seventh seasons, became a series regular in season eight[14] and was the producers' first choice to play Oliver Queen. He was designed to shake up Clark and Lois in season six and to give Clark an alternate view of how to fight crime.[60]
  • Callum Blue as Zod, an early version of the criminal from Krypton who was sent to the Phantom Zone prison. His character is first mentioned in season five, when Brainiac uses Lex's body as a vessel for Zod's spirit, and he appears in a Kryptonian sphere in the season-eight finale.[61]Smallville's executive producers called this incarnation "Major Zod" (as opposed to the typical "General Zod"), and in season nine "the venomous side of Zod rises because he experiences a few key betrayals with our beloved characters".[62]



Tollin/Robbins Productions originally wanted to do a series about a young Bruce Wayne, but the feature-film division of Warner Bros. decided to develop an origin movie for Batman and did not want to compete with a television series.[4] In 2000 Tollin/Robbins approached Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television, about developing a series on a young Superman. That year, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar developed a pilot based on the film Eraser. After watching the pilot, Roth approached Gough and Millar about developing a pilot about a young Superman;[4] the two made a "no tights, no flights" rule that Clark would not fly or wear the Superman suit during the series.[63]

Young, blonde woman with arms folded at a table
Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) was created for the series.

Gough and Millar wanted to strip Superman to his "bare essence", exploring why Clark Kent became the Man of Steel.[4] They felt that because they were not comic-book fans or familiar with the universe, they would have an unbiased approach to the series. Gough and Millar learned about the characters, researching the comics and choosing what they liked.[4] They pitched their idea to The WB and Fox on the same day.[64] A bidding war between the networks followed, with The WB committing to thirteen episodes.[64]

Although Roth, Gough and Millar knew the show would be action-oriented, they wanted to reach 7th Heaven's "middle America iconography". To create atmosphere, the team decided the meteor shower bringing Clark to Earth would be the ironic foundation of the show. The primary source of his life on Earth and the super-powered beings Clark must fight, it would take away the parents of the girl he loves and start Lex Luthor down a dark path. Roth appreciated Clark's conflict in dealing with the fact that his arrival caused so much pain.[4]

The creators also had to address why Lex Luthor would socialize with young people. They created a loneliness in the character which they felt would drive him to reach out to the teenagers,[4] a loneliness echoed in Clark and Lana.[3] Gough and Millar wanted a parallel to the Kents and created Lionel Luthor, Lex's father, whom they saw as conducting an "experiment in extreme parenting."[4] They wanted a younger Kent couple, to be involved in Clark's life and help him on his journey.[3]Chloe Sullivan (another character created for the series) was considered the "outsider" the show needed to ensure that someone would notice the strange happenings in Smallville[4] rather than a "precursor to Lois Lane".[3]

Smallville has been described by Warner Bros. as a from-the-roots reinterpretation of Superman mythology. Since the November 2004 reacquisition of Superboy by the Siegel family, a copyright infringement dispute has arisen over ownership of the fictional town of Smallville and a claimed similarity between Superboy and Smallville's Clark Kent. According to the Siegel heirs, "Smallville is part of the Superboy copyright" (which they hold).[65]

Crew changes[edit]

On April 3, 2008, after seven seasons with the series, Gough and Millar announced that they were leaving Smallville. The developers thanked the cast and crew for their work, acknowledging that they never stopped fighting for what they saw as "their vision" of the show. A reason for their departure was not provided.[66] Gough and Millar were replaced as showrunners by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. All began writing for the series at the start of the second season, and were executive producers by the seventh season. On February 6, 2009, after one season, the L.A. Times confirmed that Swimmer and Slavkin would take over the new CW series Melrose Place and not return for Smallville's ninth season; Souders and Peterson would continue as showrunners.[67] On July 24, 2009, it was reported Tom Welling was a co-executive producer of the series.[68] On March 26, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter disclosed that Millar, Gough and co-producer Tollin/Robins Productions filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and The CW charging that Hollywood's "vertical integration" cost Millar and Gough millions of dollars. The suit claimed that Warner Bros. failed to "maximize profits" in marketing Smallville, misrepresented production costs and sold the show to foreign markets at "well below the value of the series", not specifying the amount of compensation sought by the plaintiffs.[69] The lawsuit ended with an undisclosed settlement in May 2013.[70] In a May 20, 2010, press release from The CW, Tom Welling was appointed an executive producer for Smallville's tenth season.[71]


The series was produced at BB Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia. Although production was initially planned for Australia, Vancouver had more of a "Middle America landscape". The city provided a site for the Kent farm, doubled for Metropolis, provided a cheaper shooting location and was in the Los Angeles time zone.[4] Smallville's Main Street is a combination of two locations in the town of Merritt and Cloverdale.[3]

A white billboard with a blue ribbon around the edges. On the ribbon, "Cloverdale Town Centre" appear in yellow surrounding two banners. The top banner reads, "Destination Cloverdale" and the bottom reads, "Home of Smallville".

Vancouver Technical School doubled as the exterior for Smallville High, since the school had the "mid-American largess" wanted by the filmmakers[3] and was in keeping with Millar's idea that Smallville should be the epitome of "Smalltown, USA".[21]Templeton Secondary School was used for Smallville High's interior.[72] During season one, the production team repainted most of Templeton in Smallville High's red and yellow and distributed large Smallville High Crows logos; so much of the school was painted that it adopted red and yellow as its school colors. The students became accustomed to the film crew (which had to shoot when school was in session), and when a class was dismissed the crew stepped aside so the students could move the equipment to get to their lockers for the next class.[73]

The Kent farm is a working farm in Aldergrove. Owned by the Anderlinis, the crew painted their home yellow for the show.[64] Exterior shots of Luthor Mansion were filmed at Hatley Castle in Victoria.[3] The interiors were filmed at Shannon Mews in Vancouver, also the set for the Dark Angel pilot and the film Along Came a Spider.[3] Clova Cinema, in Cloverdale was used for exteriors of the Talon, Smallville's coffeehouse.[74]

The story is told from Clark's point of view, so color schemes and camera selection illustrate how he interprets his environment. When he is safe at home, the colors are "warm and gentle" earth tones and the camera movement is "very gentle". When Clark is keeping his secret and not in danger, the lighting is more neutral and the camera more mobile. When danger is present, the lighting becomes colder and the camera is handheld to allow for more "extreme angles". In Metropolis "clean, hard-lined architecture" predominates, with blues, purples and reflective metals the dominant scheme. The same concept is used for the characters; Lex usually has a "glass, steel background", and Lionel has a white or "clinical blue" background. Lex typically wears black, grey and "cool tones" (purples and blues). Clark is represented by red, yellow and blue, similar to the traditional Superman costume, and "All-American" red, white and blue.[75] From season two onward, Entity FX produced all of the visual effects for Smallville, including the view of the Metropolis skyline.[76]


Composer Mark Snow worked with producer Ken Horton to create Smallville's score. Snow composed music as he watched the picture, and tweaked his performance when he reviewed his initial recordings. He then sent the music to the producers, who sent it back for recomposition if needed. Individual episodes have their own soundtrack, comprising one (or more) songs. Jennifer Pyken and Madonna Wade-Reed of Daisy Music looked for songs for the soundtrack. Their choices were discussed by the producers, who decided which songs they wanted and secured their rights. Although Snow said it initially seemed odd to combine two types of music on a "typical action-adventure" television show, "the producers seem to like the contrast of the modern songs and the traditional, orchestral approach to the score".[77]

I get a locked picture on a videotape which syncs up with all my gear in the studio. I write the music, finish it up, mix it up, send it through the airwaves on the internet, and the music editor puts it in. They call up usually and say, 'Thank you, well done.' Sometimes they call and say, "Thank you, not so well done—can you change this or that?" I say "Sure," make the changes and send it back.[77]

—Mark Snow, on composing music for each episode

The main Smallville theme was not composed by Snow, although he composed opening themes for other shows (including The X-Files). The series' opening music is "Save Me" by Remy Zero. Snow composed the closing-credits music, which was intended as Smallville's theme. During the first two seasons, the closing-credits music was a potential theme for the series (before "Save Me" was selected); it was more "heroic" and "in-your-face". Snow was told during season two that the closing credits needed new music, since the show had evolved and the existing music was no longer suitable, and he created a new, toned-down score with a more "melodic" sound.[73] Snow has also reworked music from the previous Superman films. John Williams's musical score for the Krypton sequence in the opening credits of Superman was used in season two's "Rosetta" (which featured a guest appearance by Christopher Reeve) and several times in the season-two finale. To save money Snow recorded his version of Williams's score, since using the original version would have required the team to pay Williams's orchestra.[78]

In an interview with Randall Larson on May 23, 2008, Snow said that he would not be returning to Smallville, citing the joint workload of Smallville and Ghost Whisperer, but would return for Ghost Whisperer. Reminiscing about his work on the show, Snow said that much of the music had not changed during the series and agreed with Larson that it was "more [about] maintaining the heroic concept and the mythology than progressing through specific changes".[79] Louis Febre, who worked closely with Snow from the beginning, became the sole composer for Smallville in season seven. Febre said that since he began composing for Smallville there was a shift to "thematic development" in the score, paralleling the characters' growth: "As Clark grew emotionally and intellectually more complex, I found a need to comment musically on his growth, and as he drew closer to his Superman persona, it became obvious that a 'Superman' theme would be required."[80]

The creative team had a number of opportunities to try different music to enhance an episode's storyline. Pyken and Wade-Reed chose and coordinated music on the show when Snow and Febre's scores were not used.[81] In season three's "Slumber", producer Ken Horton wondered if they could get a band to provide music for the entire episode. During a breakfast meeting with the music department of Warner Bros. R.E.M. was suggested, and Pyken and Wade-Reed immediately saw an opportunity to connect the episode's featured band with its story (which revolved around REM sleep).[82] That season, Al Gough wanted to use Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" for the final scene of "Shattered" (when Lionel Luthor looks at Lex through a one-way mirror at Belle Reve sanitarium) as soon as he read the episode's script. Cash died while Wade-Reed was trying to obtain the rights for the song and his heirs, believing that the song's use in the episode would honor his memory, gave Smallville the rights.[83]

For season three's "Resurrection" and "Memoria", songs were chosen as symbolism for the characters. In "Resurrection", The Rapture's "Infatuation" was used during a scene with Lex and Lana to symbolize the question, "Are we ever going to figure out what these two people think of each other?"[84] For "Memoria" Gough wanted to use Evanescence's "My Immortal" for the episode's final scene, telling Wade-Reed that he saw the song as being about mothers. In that scene Clark tells Martha that his first childhood memory was of his mother, Lara.[85]

Season three's "Velocity" provided the music editors with the opportunity to use hip-hop, rarely used in the series. The episode, similar to The Fast and the Furious, focused on Pete. Wade-Reed heard of British hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, and was the first person in the United States to secure the rights to Rascal's album.[86] Greg Beeman directs episodes, and sometimes scenes, with particular songs in mind. For "Vortex" in season two, he used Coldplay's "In My Place" for the final scene.[87] In the season-two finale "Exodus", Beeman directed the scene where Lana shows up at the Kent barn before Lex's wedding to Matthew Good's "Weapon". The lyrics speak of an angel and devil "by my side", and Beeman timed specific shots to the song's lyrics.[78]


Smallville premiered at 9:00 pm on Tuesday,[88] October 16, 2001 on The WB.[89] For the next five seasons the series aired on The WB, moving from Tuesday at 9:00 pm to Wednesday at 8:00 pm and eventually to Thursday at 8:00 pm. In 2006, before the start of Smallville's sixth season, it was announced The WB and UPN would merge into The CW and the network reported that the series would continue in its lineup.[90] During its seventh season, the series aired in Canada a day earlier than it did in the United States.[91] On May 21, 2009 it was announced that Smallville's ninth season would move to Friday at 8:00 pm, considered the "death slot" for television programs.[92][93] By the end of its tenth season it was the longest-running science-fiction TV show in the United States, breaking the record held by Stargate SG-1.[94] Syndication rights became available in October 2004 when it began airing alongside Gilmore Girls on ABC Family (now Freeform) five nights a week.[95] After the series concluded, TNT began airing episodes on October 3, 2011.[96]Smallville began streaming on Hulu on October 1, 2016.[97]


Smallville set a WB record as its highest-rated series debut, with 8.4 million viewers tuned in for the pilot.[98] Its premiere set a WB record for adults aged 18–34 and finished first among viewers aged 12–34, with Warner Bros. president Jordan Levin crediting the series with invigorating the network's Tuesday-night lineup. Smallville appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly as one of five new shows to watch.[99] After its first season, the series was sixth on the Parents Television Council's 10-best list of broadcast programs.[100] Levin, acknowledging early concerns that Smallville had become a villain of the week series, said that season two would introduce "smaller mini-arcs over three to four episodes" and become less of a "serialized show".[101] According to Gough, although each succeeding season relied more on season-long story arcs, an occasional villain-of-the-week story was necessary. The villain-of-the-week stories were more harshly criticized by fans of the Superman mythology, but Gough wanted to please them and The WB's general audience (teenagers who preferred villain-of-the-week stories over episodes focusing on the Superman mythology).[102]

Christopher Reeve, star of the Superman films, expressed his approval of the show:

I was a little bit skeptical when I heard about [Smallville] at first, but I must say the writing, the acting, and the special effects are quite remarkable. In 1977, a big stunt scene would have taken us a week to film—it's pretty impressive what they are able to do with computers and effects technology today on a weekly TV show. It gives it a lot more production value and inventiveness than I thought I was going to see when I first heard about the series. I think the show is doing a really good job following the mythology, and Tom is doing a good job following the tradition.[103]

According to MTV's Karl Heitmueller, Smallville's Clark Kent was a better representation of the original material and remained "true to the heart of the story" by showing Clark's selflessness and his struggle between his desires and his obligations. However, Heitmueller wrote that the series would have a difficult time addressing why no one in Smallville (including Lex Luthor) recognized Clark when he put on the suit.[104] TV Guide's Michael Schneider called it one of the best examples of a superhero adaptation for television,[105] but Christopher Hooton of Metro wrote that Smallville was a story which did not need to be told: "No-one bothered to follow Bruce Wayne's tedious years spent manufacturing microchips before he became Batman, so why must we endure a decade of flannel shirt-wearing Clark Kent bucking hay?"[106]

Nielsen rankings[edit]

The following is a table for the seasonal rankings, based on average total estimated viewers per episode, of Smallville on The WB and The CW. "Rank" refers to how Smallville rated compared to the other television series which aired during primetime hours.


During its ten seasons, Smallville won awards ranging from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards. In 2002, the series won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for its pilot episode.[138] Four years later, it received an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for the fifth-season episode "Arrival".[139][140] In 2008, Smallville again won an Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Emmy for season seven's "Bizarro".[141]

Smallville has received a number of Leo Awards. Make-up artist Natalie Cosco won two Leo Awards for Best Make-Up: for her work in the fourth-season episode "Scare"[142] and in the sixth season's "Hypnotic" and "Wither".[143] At the 2006 Leo Awards, Barry Donlevy won Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series for his work on the fourth-season episode "Spirit" and David Wilson won Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series for "Sacred".[144]Smallville's sixth season won a Best Dramatic Series Leo. James Marshall won Best Direction for "Zod", Caroline Cranstoun won Best Costume Design for her work on "Arrow" and James Philpott won Best Production Design for "Justice".[143] In 2008, Smallville won Leos for Best Dramatic Series and Best Cinematography.[145] The visual-effects team was recognized for its work on the pilot with a 2002 Best Visual Effects Leo,[146] and received 2004 VES Awards for Outstanding Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial for the second season's "Accelerate" and Outstanding Matte Painting in a Televised Program, Music Video, or Commercial for "Insurgence".[147]

In 2002 the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored composer Mark Snow and Remy Zero, who provided the opening song "Save Me", for their contributions to the series; the award was given to individuals who wrote the theme (or underscore) for the highest-rated television series in 2001 for their network.[148] The American Society of Cinematographers awarded David Moxness for the sixth season's "Arrow", giving Glen Winter the same award the following year for his work on "Noir".[149] Series regulars have also won awards; in 2001, Michael Rosenbaum won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor,[150] and Tom Welling won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star — Male in 2002.[151] Allison Mack won the Teen Choice Best Sidekick award in 2006[152] and 2007,[153] and in 2009 Welling received the Choice TV Actor Action Adventure award.[154]

Smallville was popular within the United States military. Actors reported that many veterans told them of watching the show as a distraction from combat while serving overseas. Millar stated that Smallville "visually and aesthetically, was a celebration of Americana", with aspects such as Clark's red, white, and blue apparel. Being an "idyllic portrait of America", he said, helped the show's popularity after the September 11 attacks on the United States.[155]

Other media[edit]

Smallville has generated other media and spinoffs, from young-adult novels and comic books to Internet-based mini-episodes with characters from the series. It influenced the British TV series, Merlin.[156]


Two series of novels have been published since Smallville's second season. A series of eight young-adult novels was published by Aspect Publishing from October 2002 to March 2004, and a second series of ten young-adult novels was published by Little, Brown Young Readers from October 2002 to April 2004. A bimonthly comic-book series, which often tied into the series, was also published.

Young adult novels[edit]

Three novels were published on October 1, 2002: one by Aspect and two by Little, Brown Young Readers. The Aspect novel (Smallville: Strange Visitors) was written by Roger Stern, with Clark and his friends trying to uncover the truth about two religious con men who set up shop in Smallville and use kryptonite in their spiritual seminars to rob the townspeople.[157] Little, Brown Young Readers first published Arrival by Michael Teitelbaum, chronicling the series' pilot.[158] The second novel (See No Evil, by series writers Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld) follows Dawn Mills, a young actress who wants to attend Juilliard. Dawn, who can become invisible, wants to get revenge on the people who have been talking behind her back but is stopped by Clark.[159]See No Evil was one of the original storylines for season one's "Shimmer".[160]

On November 1, 2002, Aspect published Alan Grant'sSmallville: Dragon, about an ex-convict who assumes the abilities and appearance of a dragon after he is exposed to kryptonite in a cave; the mutation drives him to try to kill everyone who testified against him. In the novel, Clark is hypnotized into believing that he is a normal teenager with no special abilities.[161] A month after the publication of Grant's novel Bennett and Gottesfeld wrote Little, Brown Young Readers' Flight, about a young girl (Tia) who Clark discovers has wings. He and his friends believe that Tia is being abused by her father, and teach her to overcome her fear of flying so she can find her mother.[162]Flight (like See No Evil) was a planned episode, but the crew was uncertain that they could get the flying effects right and the idea was scrapped.[163] Nancy Holder wrote the third novel in the Aspect series. Published on January 1, 2003, Hauntings follows Clark and his friends as they investigate a ghostly presence in a Smallville house.[164] Little, Brown Young Readers then published Animal Rage by David and Bobby Weiss, about animal-rights activist Heather Fox (who can change into any animal she touches). Heather uses this ability to harm people who hurt animals until Clark discovers it and stops her.[165] Aspect published Dean Wesley Smith's Whodunit, in which Clark, Chloe, Lana and Pete investigate the murder of a boy and his sister while Lex tries to decide whether to ransom his kidnapped father or try rescuing Lionel himself.[166]

Little, Brown Young Readers published the next two books in April and June 2003. The first, Speed, was written by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld. The second, Buried Secrets, was written by Suzan Colon. In Speed, a boy uses an hourglass his father gave him for his birthday to stop time and commit hate crimes without being caught. Clark stops him before he disrupts a local multicultural festival.[167] In Buried Secrets Clark and Lex fall in love with a mind-reading substitute Spanish teacher, jeopardizing their friendship.[168]

On September 9, 2004, Aspect published Diana G. Gallagher's Shadows, about a girl and her father who move to Smallville; the father creates murderous monsters. Jonathan Kent assumes that the deaths are related to LuthorCorp, creating tension with his son. Clark discovers the truth to prove Lex's innocence, stopping the creatures before they can kill again.[169] Colon returned to write Runaway, in which Clark runs away to the city and lives with other homeless teenagers; he falls in love with one of the girls before returning home.[170] In Smallville: Silence by Nancy Holder, the characters investigate zombies in town.[171] Little, Brown Young Readers published its eighth book, Greed, by Bennett and Gottesfeld in which Clark and his friends take summer jobs as counselors at a camp for disadvantaged youths. When a boy falls into Crater Lake, he develops the ability to foretell the future and Lionel tries to exploit this. Pete also tries to exploit Clark's abilities by tricking him into playing in a basketball game and betting on the outcome.[172]

Alan Grant returned to write Curse, about a gravedigger who unleashes a 150-year-old curse onto Smallville and Clark's attempts to put things right.[173] On February 1, 2004 Little, Brown Young Readers published Suzan Colon's Temptation, where Clark uses red kryptonite in an attempt to impress Lana and Chloe when they are infatuated with a French exchange student.[174] Aspect published its final novel on March 1, 2004. Written by Devin K. Grayson, City follows Clark and Lex on a trip to Metropolis. In the city, they are caught between the Japanese mafia and a secret agent who thinks he has found an alien.[175] In Little, Brown Young Readers' final novel, "Sparks" by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, Chloe is hit by kryptonite sparks from a fireworks display. The sparks make Chloe the desire of every man, but when they wear off an admirer kidnaps her and she is rescued by Clark.[176]

Comic books[edit]

Seasonal extensions[edit]

Smallville's first venture into comics was "Elemental", a one-off story by Gough and Millar which appeared in TV Guide during the series' first season and set in that period.[177] Before the start of season two, DC Comics published a one-off comic based on the series. Titled Smallville: The Comic, it has two stories. The first, "Raptor" by Mark Verheiden and Roy Martinez, is about an abused boy who mutates into a velociraptor (thanks to kryptonite) and tries to get revenge on the Luthor family. Michael Green and John Paul Leon wrote "Exile and The Kingdom", with insight into why Lex remains in Smallville after his father offers him a position in Metropolis at the end of season one.[178] DC Comics then began publishing a bimonthly comic with stories about Smallville characters. Writer and script coordinator Clint Carpenter called the comic a companion to the series rather than a non-canonical version. According to Carpenter, the series expands on events in the series (such as season-ending cliffhangers) and gives "additional depth" to characters with limited screen time on the series or whose storylines needed additional explanation.[179] Carpenter was not the first person asked to oversee the comic; Mark Verheiden, who co-wrote the one-off comic, was originally intended to be in charge of the bimonthly series. Verheiden's commitment to the TV series kept him from working on the comic books, so he asked Carpenter to take them on. Although the comic book was intended to expand on the TV series, there was an occasional continuity overlap because of differences in production schedule between the comic and the series. In one instance, the comic book showed Clark robbing an ATM and the season-three premiere showed him robbing multiple ATMs.[179] The series tied into the TV series, the Chloe Chronicles webisodes[180] and Smallville-related webpages,[179] with cast and crew interviews and information on the episodes' production.[178][181] The comic series ended in January 2005 with #11, with no comics published until the Season Eleven series debut.

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  • Smallville: The Comics #1 (November 2002) and Smallville #1–4 (March – November 2003)

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Smallville Season Eleven[edit]

The first digital issue of a Smallville Season Eleven comic book was released on April 13, 2012; the first print issue was published on May 2, 2012.[182] In the comic book (written by Smallville executive story editor Bryan Q. Miller), set six months after Darkseid's attack, Clark no longer fights crime as "The Blur" but as "Superman". Although Clark is generally accepted by the public, some distrust him (including Lex Luthor, despite his memory loss after his encounter with Tess Mercer),[183] and this worsens when he reveals himself as extraterrestrial. TV Guide reported that "Detective", a new series of adventures paralleling the TV series and the comic series' second arc, would be published digitally on the title's off-week beginning January 4, 2013. A new arc, "Effigy", would feature a team-up of recurring character John Jones and Batman.[184] DC Comics cancelled the series after nineteen issues at the end of the "Olympus" story arc, with the rest of the season-eleven story continuing as miniseries under the Season Eleven banner.[185] On March 11, 2015, DC Comics ended the Smallville Season Eleven with story arc "Continuity", which serves as the finale of the television franchise.[186][187]

Main series[edit]
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  • Smallville Season Eleven #1–4 (May 2012 – August 2012) **Digital releases (April 2012 – July 2012)

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Writer(s)Bryan Q. Miller
Six months after Darkseid's defeat, Clark enjoys the general acceptance from the public. Lex Luthor makes plans to destroy Superman, despite having lost all of his memories. In addition, Lex encounters his half-sister, Tess Mercer, and a visitor from a parallel Earth arrives to warn Clark about a "Crisis".
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  • Smallville Season Eleven #5–8 (September 2012 – December 2012) **Digital releases (August 2012 – November 2012)

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  • Smallville Season Eleven #9–12 (January 2013 – April 2013)**Digital releases (December 2012 – March 2013)

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  • Jorge Jimenez
  • Pere Perez
  • Cat Staggs
  • Scott Kolins
  • Bart Allen returns and meets with the Justice Society of AmericaJay Garrick. Lex is determined to learn Tess's secrets regarding Superman and his allies, and Chloe learns about her deceased parallel universe counterpart. This is chronologically parallel to the interlude story arc Effigy.
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    • Smallville Season Eleven #13–15, Smallville Season Eleven Special #2 (May 2013 – July 2013)

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  • Daniel HDR
  • Pete Woods
  • Clark and Michael Jon Carter (Booster Gold) travel to the 31st century to team-up with the Legion of Super-Heroes trying to stop war between Earth and a shocking enemy, Kara! This is chronologically parallel to the interlude story arc Valkyrie.
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    • Smallville Season Eleven #16–19 (August 2013 – November 2013)

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  • Jorge Jimenez
  • Cat Staggs
  • Twenty years ago, a young Steve Trevor washed up on the island of Themyscira and met the Amazon princess Diana. Now, Diana and Trevor finds the latter's mother disappears, and their search for her leading them face-to-face with Clark. This is chronologically parallel to the story arc Hollow. The main series ended after #19, and the rest of Season Eleven continues through mini-series.

    Note: The full title of all volumes listed here start with "Smallville Season 11: ".

    Interlude series[edit]
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    The reprinted material is, in whole or in part, from:

    • Smallville: Season 11 Special – Chapter 28: Effigy, Part 1 (Digital Release January 4, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 Special- Chapter 32: Effigy, Part 2 (Digital Release February 1, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 Special- Chapter 36: Effigy, Part 3 (Digital Release March 1, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 Special – Chapter 37: Effigy, Part 4 (Digital Release March 8, 2013)

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    Writer(s) Bryan Q. Miller
    After an attack from a White Martian has left Barbara Gordon injured, John Jones arrives and offers Bruce Wayne his assistance on the investigation. This is chronologically parallel to the story arc Haunted.
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    The reprinted material is, in whole or in part, from:

    • Smallville: Season 11 – Chapter 41: Valkyrie, Part 1 (Digital Release April 5, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 – Chapter 45: Valkyrie, Part 2 (Digital Release May 3, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 – Chapter 46: Valkyrie, Part 3 (Digital Release May 10, 2013)
    • Smallville: Season 11 – Chapter 50: Valkyrie, Part 4 (Digital Release June 7, 2013)

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    Writer(s) Bryan Q. Miller
    As Clark travels to the 31st century with Michael Carter (Booster Gold) to avert a future war, Lois meets Lana at Cameroon. This is chronologically parallel to the story arc Argo.
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    Writer(s) Bryan Q. Miller
    Tess finds herself that she must make a choice: should she initiate her revenge on Lex for her death, or to become the hero everyone believe her to be?[188]
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    Writer(s) Bryan Q. Miller
    Jay Garrick leads the Teen Titans to against an enemy who is determine to ensure that there won't be a next generation of superheroes. Featuring the return of Connor Kent, Mia Dearden, and Jaime Reyes.

    Note: The full title of all volumes listed here start with "Smallville Season 11 Specials: ".

    Chloe Chronicles[edit]

    Allison Mack's character, Chloe Sullivan, has starred in two promotional tie-in series: Smallville: Chloe Chronicles, and Vengeance Chronicles. Two volumes of Chloe Chronicles totaled eleven mini-episodes. In the first volume Chloe investigated events leading to the death of Earl Jenkins, who held Chloe and her friends hostage at the LuthorCorp plant in the first-season episode "Jitters". It aired from April 29 to May 20, 2003 to AOL subscribers.[189] After the first volume received positive responses from viewers, the second volume was created as a continuation with Sam Jones III as Pete Ross. This volume used the Smallville comic books as a secondary tie-in to the series. Viewers could watch Smallville, Chloe's Chronicles and finish with the Smallville comic book, which would provide an "enhanced backstory to the online segments".[190] The later series, Vengeance Chronicles, is a spinoff of the fifth-season episode "Vengeance". In this series Chloe joins a costumed vigilante, whom she calls the "Angel of Vengeance", to expose Lex Luthor's Level 33.1 experiments on meteor-infected people.[191]

    The idea for an online show about Chloe originated with Mark Warshaw, who ran the show's website and was in charge of the DVDs. The series intended to wrap up "unfinished business" from the television show.[192] Although Smallville: Chloe Chronicles began on AOL, it made its way to the United Kingdom's Channel 4 website.[192] According to Lisa Gregorian, senior vice president for television of Warner Bros. Marketing Services, "Our goal is to create companion programming that offers new and exciting ways to engage the audience, just as music videos did for record promotion."[189] Allison Mack described the show as "very Nancy Drew and mysterious": "I think it's a bit more like The X-Files or NYPD Blue. The Chronicles are like a detective story, with Chloe following clues and interviewing people, going from spot to spot, figuring things out."[192] The scripts were written by Brice Tidwell; Mack was given script approval for the series, allowing her to review and make changes to the script. Warshaw communicated with Gough and Millar to expand Smallville stories in Chloe's Chronicles.[192]

    Promotional tie-ins[edit]

    For the season-three premiere, the Smallville producers teamed up with Verizon to enable its registered users to view plot updates (as Daily Planet press releases), quizzes and games related to the show with Verizon product placement.[193]Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles, a six-episode CGI series which chronicled the early life of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, was released in a promotional tie-in with Sprint. According to Warner Bros. Television Group executive vice-president of worldwide marketing Lisa Gregorian, the promotional tie-ins got fans more connected to the show.[194] On April 19, 2007 a tie-in with Toyota promoting the Yaris featured an online comic strip, Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom, as an interstitial program during new Smallville episodes.[195] The interactive comic was based on the "Justice" episode, which follows Oliver Queen, Bart Allen, Victor Stone and Arthur Curry (the initial members of the "Justice League" in Smallville) as they seek to destroy LuthorCorp's secret experimental labs. The online series allowed viewers to investigate with the fictional team to win prizes. Stephan Nilson wrote all five episodes, working with a team of artists on the illustrations. Nilson received the plot for each comic episode as Smallville's production crew was filming its current television episode. Artist Steve Scott drew comic-book panels which were sent to Motherland, a consulting group. Motherland reviewed the drawings, telling Scott which images to draw on a separate overlay; this allowed objects to be moved in and out of a frame.[196]

    In 2008 The CW joined the manufacturers of Stride gum to give viewers an opportunity to create their own Smallville digital comic, Smallville: Visions.[197] The writers and producers developed the comic's beginning and end, allowing viewers to provide the middle. The CW began its tie-in campaign with the March 13, 2008 episode "Hero", where Pete develops superhuman elasticity after chewing kryptonite-infused Stride gum. On The CW's website, viewers voted on one of two options (each adding four pages to the comic) every Tuesday and Thursday until the campaign ended on April 7.[198] In season sevenSmallville again worked with Sprint, bringing its customers "mobisodes" titled Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton with Clark's cousin Kara.[199][200]


    Gough and Millar developed an Aquaman pilot for The WB, with Justin Hartley as Aquaman (Arthur Curry).[201] As work progressed on the Smallville season-five episode "Aqua", although the episode was not intended as a backdoor pilot for an Aquaman spin-off[202] the character was seen as having potential for his own series.[203]Alan Ritchson was not considered for the role in the new series, because Gough and Millar did not consider it a Smallville spin-off. Gough said in November 2005, "[The series] is going to be a different version of the 'Aquaman' legend"[203] and suggested a crossover with Smallville at some point.[204] Although the pilot was given a good chance of being picked up, when The WB and UPN merged into The CW the new network passed on the show.[205][206][207]

    During the sixth season there was talk of spinning off the Green Arrow into his own series, but Hartley refused to talk about the possibility of a spin-off because of his role on Smallville. The actor felt it his duty to respect what the show had accomplished in five seasons, and not "steal the spotlight" because there was "talk" of a spin-off after his two appearances. According to Hartley, "talking" was as far as the spin-off idea ever got.[208] Steven DeKnight revealed that a spin off Justice League series was expected to happen after the episode "Justice", and would continue the story of Oliver and his new team.[209]


    Further information: Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrowverse)

    In September 2019, it was announced that Tom Welling and Erica Durance would reprise their roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane for the Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[210][211] The crossover retroactively establishes the events of Smallville as taking place on Earth-167 and reveals that in the years since the finale, Clark has given up his powers and taken over the Kent farm, where he and Lois raise their two daughters.[212] Michael Rosenbaum was approached about reprising his role of Lex Luthor. However, Rosenbaum declined when Warner Bros. did not show him a script, tell him what his character was going to do, nor let him know when he was going to film.[213]Alan Ritchson, who played Arthur Curry / Aquaman on the series, was also approached to reprise his role in the crossover but turned it down due to scheduling commitments with Titans.[214] Despite this, Ritchson did make an uncredited cameo appearance in the crossover as his Titans character, Hank Hall / Hawk, in repurposed footage from that series.[212]

    Possible Animated Series Revival[edit]

    In June 2021, Welling announced that he and Rosenbaum were developing an animated series revival to the series and hoping to have most of the cast return.[215] In October 2021, Welling announced that he and Rosenbaum were preparing a pitch of the series for Warner Bros., with original creators Gough and Miller also returning.[216]

    Home media[edit]

    Seasons one through ten have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. Seasons five and six were also released in the HD DVD format on November 28, 2006[217] and September 18, 2007,[218] respectively. Seasons six, seven, eight, nine and ten have been released for Blu-ray. The DVD releases include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary by cast and crew members on selected episodes. The promotional tie-ins Chloe Chronicles and Vengeance Chronicles accompanied the season two, three and five box sets. Other special features include interactive functionality (such as a tour of Smallville), a comic book and DVD-ROM material.[219]

    Complete Season Release dates
    Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
    1st September 23, 2003[220]October 13, 2003[221]December 3, 2003[222]
    2nd May 18, 2004[223]September 17, 2004[224]January 1, 2005[225]
    3rd November 16, 2004[226]April 18, 2005[227]July 13, 2005[228]
    4th September 13, 2005[229]October 10, 2005[230]November 11, 2006[231]
    5th September 12, 2006[232]August 28, 2006[233]April 4, 2007[234]
    6th September 18, 2007[235]October 22, 2007[236]March 5, 2008[237]
    7th September 9, 2008[238]October 13, 2008[239]March 3, 2009[240]
    8th August 25, 2009[241]October 12, 2009[242]March 31, 2010[243]
    9th September 7, 2010[244]October 25, 2010[245]June 22, 2011[246]
    10th November 29, 2011[247]October 17, 2011[248]April 4, 2012[249]
    Complete series November 29, 2011[1][247]October 17, 2011[250]August 1, 2012[251]
    SeasonSmallville Blu-ray releases
    Region ARegion B
    United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomAustralia
    6th September 18, 2007[252]October 9, 2007[253]October 13, 2008[254]March 3, 2009[255]
    7th September 9, 2008[256]October 13, 2008[257]March 3, 2009[258]
    8th August 25, 2009[259]October 12, 2009[260]March 31, 2010[261]
    9th September 7, 2010[244]October 25, 2010[262]June 22, 2011[263]
    10th November 29, 2011[247]October 17, 2011[264]April 4, 2012[265]


    Since Smallville began airing, a variety of merchandise connected with the series has been produced. Two soundtrack albums of songs from the show have been released. On February 25, 2003 Smallville: The Talon Mix, with a group of artists who licensed their music for the show, was issued.[266]Smallville: The Metropolis Mix, with another group of artists, was released on November 8, 2005.[267] In addition to the soundtracks, action figures, T-shirts, hats and posters have been produced.[268] In December 2002 autographed Smallville merchandise was listed for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to charity.[269] In 2003, Titan Magazines began publishing a monthly Smallville magazine with cast and crew interviews, information on Smallville merchandise and photos. The 34th and final issue was published in November 2009.[270]

    Titan Books published companion volumes for each season with cast and crew interviews, episode descriptions and behind-the-scenes photos. On September 1, 2004, the company published its first companion for the series.[271] Written by Paul Simpson, the book has sixteen pages of color photos of the cast.[272] On March 1, 2005 Titan Books published its season-two companion, also written by Simpson,[273] which details the series' special effects.[274] Titan published the third-season companion on September 1,[275] the last written by Simpson. He described the episodes' plots, discussing the neglect of the Martha Kent character and the failure of the Adam Knight storyline.[276] Titan Books released the fourth-season companion by Craig Byrne, who wrote the subsequent companion books, on September 4, 2007.[277] It contains interviews with the cast and crew and color photos of the production.[278] Titan published the season-five companion on December 26, 2007.[279] The season-six companion, with an introduction by Justin Hartley, was published on March 25, 2008.[280] The season-seven companion (Titan's last) has a foreword by Laura Vandervoort, a reflection on the "Smallville phenomenon" and a discussion of Gough and Millar's departure.[281]

    In 2010, the Smallville Roleplaying Game was released by Margaret Weis Productions using its Cortex Plus System. Using the series' season-nine setting, it includes rules for earlier seasons. Two supplements, the High School Yearbook and the Watchtower Report, were produced. Players can play the characters from Smallville, or create their own spin-off of the series.[282] On May 15, 2013 Ultimate Smallville Soundtrack, a five-CD box set with 100 songs from the series' 10 seasons, was released by Vicious Records with all profits benefiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.[283]

    See also[edit]


    1. ^ abDavid Lambert (April 26, 2011). "The Complete Series on DVD: Timeframe, Packaging, New Extras and Answer to 'Why Not On Blu-ray?'". Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
    2. ^Darren Sumner (May 10, 2011). "Smallville bows this week — with Stargate's world record". GateWorld. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
    3. ^ abcdefghij"Pilot" commentary by Al Gough, Miles Millar and David Nutter (DVD). Warner Bros. Television. 2002.
    4. ^ abcdefghijklmnopSimpson, Paul (2004). Smallville: The Official Companion Season 1. London: Titan Books. pp. 8–17. ISBN .
    5. ^D.J. Nock (November 25, 2004). "Smallville: The Complete Second Season". DVD Times. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
    6. ^Al Gough, Miles Millar (writers) & James Marshall (director) (February 25, 2003). "Rosetta". Smallville. Season 2. Episode 17. The WB.
    7. ^Kenneth Biller (writer) & Terrence O'Hara (director) (May 13, 2003). "Calling". Smallville. Season 2. Episode 22. The WB.
    8. ^ abAlfred Gough, Miles Millar (writers) & Greg Beeman (director) (September 22, 2004). "Crusade". Smallville. Season 4. Episode 1. The WB.
    9. ^Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer (writers) & James Marshall (director) (September 29, 2005). "Arrival". Smallville. Season 5. Episode 1. The WB.
    10. ^Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson (writers) & James Marshall (director) (May 11, 2006). "Vessel". Smallville. Season 5. Episode 22. The WB.
    11. ^Steven S. DeKnight (writer) & James Marshall (director) (September 28, 2006). "Zod". Smallville. Season 6. Episode 1. The CW.
    12. ^Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, (writers) & James Conway (director) (October 4, 2007). "Kara". Smallville. Season 7. Episode 2. The CW.
    13. ^Don Whitehead, Holly Henderson (writers) & Todd Slavkin (director) (May 15, 2008). "Arctic". Smallville. Season 7. Episode 20. The CW.
    14. ^ abKristin Dos Santos (June 3, 2008). "Smallville Season Eight: Look Who's In!". Eonline. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
    15. ^Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson (writers) & Kevin Fair (director) (September 25, 2009). "Savior". Smallville. Season 9. Episode 1. The CW.
    16. ^Al Septien, Turi Meye, Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders (writers), Kevin Fair & Greg Beeman (directors) (May 13, 2011). "Finale". Smallville. Season 10. Episode 21/22. The CW.
    17. ^Simpson, Paul, (Season 1 Companion), pp.112–115
    18. ^Simpson, Paul, (Season 1 Companion), pp.116–119
    19. ^ abRob Salem (April 24, 2008). "Shaking things up in Smallville". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved May 19, 2008.
    20. ^Ausiello, Michael (July 23, 2008). "Ask Ausiello: 'CSI' Sex Shocker! Lana Back to 'Smallville'! Gay Panic at 'Grey's'! '24' Villain's Alive!". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
    21. ^ abcSimpson, Paul, (Season 1 Companion), pp.20–23
    22. ^Simpson, Paul, (Season 1 Companion), pp.120–123
    23. ^Kristin Dos Santos (May 1, 2008). "Breaking: Michael Rosenbaum Has Left Smallville". Eonline. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
    24. ^Matt Webb Mitovich and Michael Ausiello (February 11, 2011). "Smallville Exclusive! Michael Rosenbaum Back for Series Finale: 'I'm Doing It For the Fans'". TV Line. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
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    Smallville TURNS 20! Cast REUNITES and Spills on Show's Biggest Moments

    Could Smallville Be Getting A Sequel Series On The CW?

    Even if you were never a fan of the DC Comics-based sorta superhero show Smallville, it's pretty hard to argue that the long-running series didn't walk so that the Arrowverse could run. While there had been other shows on TV based on Superman and other popular characters from the comics, Smallville became an immediate hit on The WB (and later on The CW), and ran for 10 seasons, which is impressive for any show, especially one focused on the origin story of a superhero. Now, though, there are rumors that we might get to see a sequel series of some kind.

    Before you get too excited, know that this is still very much a rumor, as it hasn't been confirmed by The CW or any potential producers or stars of a possible sequel series. All that we actually know right now, is that, according to We Got This Covered, talks have started to see if a Smallville sequel can get off of the ground at its former home or someplace similar (which I'll get to in a minute). This potential idea looks to be based on some pretty solid source material, as the Season 11 graphic novel series is supposedly being mulled as the basis for new episodes.

    Apparently, it's being said that this new Smallville series will also be animated, which makes a lot of sense, considering that the Season 11 comics picked up only six months after Clark Kent finally, officially, took on his superhero identity of Superman, while the show has been off screen since 2011. Of course, fans who've kept their ears to the ground will realize that this is not the first or only time there have been rumblings of a Smallville revival, but the idea of one happening relatively soon is particularly apropos right now.

    As mentioned above, Smallville was a super (See what I did there?) successful series, and any time a beloved show leaves the airwaves fans will want more. This basic love for Tom Welling's Clark Kent, Erica Durance's Lois Lane, Justin Hartley's Oliver Queen and more of the portrayals of classic (and new) characters who populated the drama only increased when the Arrowverse quickly became its own force to be reckoned with. Arrow took over the DC on The CW mantle in 2012, eventually spinning off into a shared universe of shows which now include The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman and the upcoming seriesSuperman & Lois.

    There had been many crossovers in the Arrowverse, which had taken place on a variety of Earths throughout the multiverse, but when the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" event began in early December 2019, it led to something that fans have been hoping for ever since the beginning of Arrow: more time with Welling and Durance, as they both reprised their Smallville roles on the second part of the crossover. Now, their characters are fresh in the minds of Arrowverse viewers everywhere, even with new actors having already taken over the roles of Clark / Superman and Lois Lane for the now mostly-combined TV universe.

    Of course, if this possible series really will be animated, another good spot for it would be CW Seed, the network's online-only streamer, which also played host to short-form, animated Arrowverse series Vixen, Constantine: City of Demons, and Freedom Fighters: The Ray. So, while it may still be a long shot that we'll see a Smallville sequel with some of the original cast providing voices for their characters, at least we know that there are potential storylines and two possible homes for a new show, should it become a real boy at some point.

    You can revisit all of Smallville right now on Hulu, but if you'd like to have other viewing options while we wait to hear word on the potential revival, be sure to check out our guide to fall TV!

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    Was smallville many seasons how

    To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Smallville‘s debut, TVLine is re-upping this oral history which was first compiled by Matt Webb Mitovichfor the June 2011 issue of CBS’ Watch! Magazine. And coming soon: TVLine’s brand-new, superfun catch-up with Smallville frontman Tom Welling.

    With those words, spoken by Jonathan Kent in the Smallville pilot, a new take on the superman saga found a home that would last for 10 years.

    Developed for TV by Al Gough and Miles Millar, Smallville— which followed the adventures of Clark Kent in the fictional town
 of Smallville, Kan., before he becomes Superman — made its debut Oct. 16, 2001,
 on The WB. Fronted by Tom Welling and 
also starring Kristin Kreuk (as Lana Lang), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Allison Mack (Clark’s BFF Chloe Sullivan), and John Schneider and Annette O’Toole (as Clark’s parents, Jonathan and Martha), the first episode drew 8.4 million viewers — breaking the record for a bow on the six-year-old netlet and proving that no amount of previous adaptations had quelled our fascination with Clark’s story.

    Smallville-premiere-poster“It’s wish fulfillment for every ‘kid’ out there,” offers Kelly Souders, who starting with Season 8 served as showrunner with fellow executive producer Brian Peterson. (Both joined Smallville as writers in Season 2.) “So many heroes in mythology are gods or characters that are hard for the everyday person to connect with, but Clark is someone we can all relate to. We want to believe that heroes are made out of people like us.”

    As Smallville ended its decade-long journey, we spoke with many of those involved in getting the young man-who-would-be-Superman off the ground. Herewith, our kryptonite-free tribute to one of the greatest superhero series.

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    "This is the story of an amazing boy who grew up in the fields of Kansas in a little town called Smallville." - Chloe Sullivan[1]

    Smallville was an American television series that debuted October 16, 2001 on the WB Television Network and ended in May 13, 2011. Created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the series follows the adventures of a young Clark Kent, in the town of Smallville, Kansas, before he becomes Superman. The series spawned a download-only spinoff (but was included in the Season DVDs), Smallville: Chloe Chronicles and Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles (began during Season Five, after the "Vengeance" episode). Mark Snow composed music for each show. The theme song, "Save Me", is performed by band Remy Zero.

    On January 24, 2006, it was confirmed that the sixth season of Smallville will be part of the new CW Television Network's Fall 2006-2007 lineup once the WB and UPN cease operations in September 2006. A seventh, eighth, and ninth season were launched. On March 4, 2010, the CW renewed the series for a tenth season to air during the network's 2010-2011 lineup.

    Smallville broke the record for highest rated debut for The WB, with 8.40 million viewers tuning in for its pilot. In April 2011, Smallville surpassed Stargate SG-1 as the longest-running North American science fiction series on television.

    In 2019, Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprised their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths. [2]


    Smallville is based on the popular DC Comics character, Superman. The series follows the life of a teenage Clark Kent living in the town of Smallville, Kansas that is set at the start of the 21st century. It shows Clark Kent coping with adolescence while he is developing super powers (X-ray vision, super speed, etc.), exploring his extraterrestrial origins, and struggling to find his destiny.

    Best shown at the beginning of season 5 and 8, Smallville is said to be a show of 3 chapters: Chapter 1 is the High School year of Clark Kent (Seasons 1-4) featuring villains Lionel Luthor, Roger Nixon and Jason and Genevieve Teague. Chapter 2 is known as Clark's training begins and Lex Luthor's descension to darkness (Seasons 5-7) featuring new heroes and villains like Brainiac, Bizarro and Lex Luthor. The final chapter is known as The Final Trials of Clark Kent: Doomsday, General Zod, and Darkseid (Season's 8-10) and features the rise of the Justice League, Lex Luthor's return, and Clark's rise to Superman.

    The series often deals with the people in Clark Kent's life: his adoptive human parents, Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent; his peers, Chloe Sullivan, Pete Ross; his on-again, off-again love interest, Lana Lang; his Daily Planet cohort, Lois Lane and especially his friendship with a young Lex Luthor.

    The mineral kryptonite is used as a recurring plot device throughout the series. Kryptonite is shown to have bizarre and lingering effects on human physiology and the young superhero often encounters mutated and psychotic villains who have developed bizarre powers, such as psychic abilities, shape shifting, and other paranormal abilities. (For this reason, the show is often criticized as being predominately a "freak of the week" series.) On a Kryptonian like Clark, though, kryptonite has very different effects; the general idea is that Clark is virtually invincible except when around the kryptonite rocks. Different colors affect Clark differently : Green Kryptonite physically weakens him and could possibly kill him if he is exposed to it for too long. Red Kryptonite causes him to set aside moral standings and act out on his impulses and dark desires. Black Kryptonite splits Clark into (and merges him back together from) two separate beings that exhibit his two personalities (Clark Kent and the darker Kal-El). Silver Kryptonite (which is solely the creation of Milton Fine in the show) causes him extreme paranoia. Blue Kryptonite takes away his abilities, but doesn't cause him pain like green kryptonite is often seen to. Lastly, Gold Kryptonite can permanently damage or scar a Kryptonian and take away their powers permanently.

    Viewers will often observe allusions in the form of dialogue, guest stars, character wardrobe, and scenic design used throughout the series to the Superman comic books and films.

    Series History

    Season One was a tremendous success, but some fans balked at the villain often only appearing in one episode and almost always deriving their power from kryptonite exposure, affectionately becoming known as the "freak of the week". Eric Johnson's character, Whitney Fordman, was also said to be underused and one-dimensional. Despite this, the producers were instantly ordered to film at least two more seasons of the show. John Glover's Lionel Luthor character was just intended to be a guest star on the show, but due to his popularity and Johnson wanting to leave the show, he became a full-time cast member for Season Two, as Whitney was written out of the series.

    Season Two had a fewer "freaks of the week" appear on the show, and instead focused more on character development, especially on Clark discovering his true origins and accepting his destiny. Clark began hearing calls from his biological father, Jor-El. A memorable moment of the series was the appearance of Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in the 70's and 80's film serials, as Dr. Virgil Swann. Swann provided Clark with information of his origins, in a "passing of the torch" moment between Reeve and Welling. Lex's relationship and short-lived marriage to Dr. Helen Bryce was also a major highlight of the second and third seasons. The show volleyed Clark and Lana's relationship, never actually allowing the two to become an official couple for most of the first 4 seasons.

    Season Three was another successful one, but more reviews of the season were mixed. Fans were confused with how Clark could become completely exonerated from his brief crime career by returning all he had stolen, and Helen's Bryce character conclusion. It was here that Pete Ross' character arc came to an end. After getting beaten up by agents for hiding Clark's secret and struggling to keep it, Pete moved to Wichita, Kansas, with his mom after his parents divorced. (Gough has stated that the actor wanted to leave the show due to the lack of screen time.) Gough said that Pete will be back if they find the right story arc for him.

    Season Four ventured further into the Superman mythos by creating a story arc that would run the length of the season. The arc involved Clark seeking out three Kryptonian stones that unlocked the infinite knowledge of the universes. This season was also a milestone because it introduced Clark's future wife, Lois Lane (Erica Durance). The majority of this season revolved around Lex trying to rekindle his friendship with Clark, Lionel attempting to be a good father and person, Lana and her ancestry, and Clark searching for the three stones.

    Season Five introduced the Fortress of Solitude to Clark. This season also saw the introduction of Prof. Milton Fine (James Marsters), also known as Brainiac, and the Phantom Zone. Fine would become a reoccurring antagonist for Clark throughout the season. The central plot of Season 5 revolved around Clark using the knowledge in the Fortress to train for an impending doom that was to befall Earth in the form of General Zod, a Kryptonian warlord. Clark and Lana explored their first real adult relationship with each other. It was also the introduction of the love triangle between Clark, Lana, and Lex. The series continually uses multiple story arcs, mid-season and season finale cliffhangers, and cameos from other notable DC characters and high profile actors. Season 5 also saw the death of Clark's loving father Jonathan Kent.

    Season Six featured Clark at a crossroads, feeling isolated at having suffered the loss of his father, and betrayal at Lex and Lana's relationship and eventual marriage. He struggled with the responsibility of returning several super-powered criminal aliens that escaped from the Phantom Zone. He learned a little more about his Kryptonian heritage from his father's assistants Raya and Martian Manhunter. He met a fellow super-hero in Oliver Queen and learned the value of teamwork when he helped them take down Lex's Level 33.1 project. Season 6 also saw the introduction of his future pal, Jimmy Olsen. Clark said goodbye to his mother Martha Kent this year as well, when she won her bid for Senator and moved to Washington, D.C.

    Season Seven began with Clark learning even more about his Kryptonian heritage when his cousin Kara was freed from suspended animation. He even met a replication of his biological mother Lara. Season 7 also saw the dissolution of Lex and Lana's marriage. Clark finally shared his secret with Lana and she moved onto the farm as the two attempted again to have an honest relationship. However, the last Phantom Zone prisoner, a carbon-copy of himself, tried to take over his life and Clark was faced with the task of defeating him, and coming to terms with the issues in his and Lana's relationship. Clark also still struggled with the responsibility of fulfilling his destiny and the consequences of his indecision. It was revealed that a society called Veritas was formed to welcome and serve the Traveler, which included the Luthors, Queens, Teagues, and Swann as members. Veritas' secrets drove Lex to find the Traveler and the device that can "control" in the event that he turns against humanity. By the end of the season, Lex murdered his father, Lana ultimately left Smallville, Kara got trapped in the Phantom Zone, Clark destroyed Brainiac, and after years of secrets, Lex finally discovered Clark's secret. After Clark and Lex face off, Lex inserts the orb into the Fortress and it begins to crumble.

    Season Eight begins a few weeks after the destruction of the Fortress, Lex and Clark both go missing. The Justice League resurfaces to find him and found him in Russia powerless. After Clark's powers were restored, he decided to "get in the middle of the action" and starts working for the Daily Planet. After Lex disappears, Tess Mercer comes to Smallville to take his place as the acting CEO of LuthorCorp. Oliver Queen returns to Metropolis and starts questioning his heroic destiny as Clark begins to embrace his own. Chloe's life begins to spiral out of control as she has a new fiancés, new confusing abilities as a result of her encounter with Brainiac and meets Davis Bloome, a paramedic who she quickly befriends. Unknown to her and everyone else, Davis is a monster known as Doomsday destined to destroy Earth and Kal-El. Clark and Lois begin to grow closer as they work together at the Daily Planet and feelings begin to spark.

    Season Nine takes place three weeks after Clark and Doomsday's battle. Obsessed with becoming the hero the world needs, Clark is now literally leaving his mark on Metropolis – having fully embraced his Kryptonian side in order to finish training with his father Jor-El, Clark has started wearing the House of El family crest on his chest, and spreads the symbol around the city in an effort to give its people hope. Whereas Clark is working alone, Chloe feels driven to reunite the disbanded Justice League. Her biggest challenge is Oliver Queen, who'd rather lose himself in underground fight clubs and drunken one-night stands. Oliver's friends will hatch a plan to bring him back from the edge. Reconnecting with the hero inside of him, Oliver will return with a renewed purpose, even searching out an apprentice in Mia Dearden, teenaged sidekick "Speedy. Clark and Oliver find themselves caught up in a love triangle with Lois, as both men's passions begin to burn brightly for her. Returning from her trip through time, Lois starts experiencing nightmarish visions of a possible future. Could they come true? If so, one not-so-troubling image is playing itself over and over in her head – Lois and Clark locked in a romantic, erotic embrace. Meanwhile, Clark continues to be conflicted over his own feelings for Lois. As the sparks fly, Lois and Clark's relationship will deepen, leading to their first true kiss, and possibly something more. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe's relationship is starting to become strained. No longer content just being Clark's sidekick, Chloe uses Watchtower's powerful computers to spin her own web of influence and intrigue, manipulating people like chess pieces in the name of the greater good. But when Chloe begins to believe the ends justify the means, it sends her on a collision course with her friend and ally Clark. When it comes to master manipulators, Tess Mercer has emerged as the rightful heir to Lex Luthor's legacy. Always inscrutable, Tess has her hands full this season with an army of Kryptonians, newly arrived from the lost city of Kandor and led by the infamous Zod. However, this incarnation of Zod is younger than one we remember – he has yet to grow into the power-mad sociopathic dictator, General Zod. Zod may only be a Major, but he's already a cunning strategist and charismatic leader who knows how to inspire his troops. But behind his magnetism and those piercing eyes, Zod is still very dangerous. When Zod and Clark eventually meet, Clark recognizes that if he can befriend his fellow Kryptonian, he might be able to influence Zod away from becoming an evil, twisted tyrant. While it's true this Major Zod has certain vulnerabilities, it may only take a handful of betrayals to turn him into Clark's deadly nemesis.

    Season Ten opens mere seconds after last season's finale. Clark Kent wakes from his near-death experience, haunted by the ghosts of his past, both friend and foe. Given a new lease on life, Clark must find a way to rid himself of every last temptation, to purge himself of every last shard of doubt in his heart before he can become the beacon of hope the world needs. But a very real threat from Clark's past has returned to challenge his ascent, causing Clark to question the nature of his crusade.

    Lois Lane will face her own crisis of meaning, trying to redefine her place in the world now that she knows Clark's super secret—but Clark won't discover that she knows, and that's the way she wants to keep it. Lois will try her best to keep the mild-mannered reporter at arms' length in the hopes that a life free of romantic complication will make him a better hero.

    Throughout season nine, Clark, bearing the iconic S-shield of his heritage, struggled to find his place between the human world in which he was raised and the Kryptonian world he was born into. Having made peace with his dual heritage, Clark, in Season Ten, must now find the courage to step out of the shadows and emerge into the light. Never before has there been such a dangerous time for Clark to step into the public eye and take on the mantle of the inspirational icon he is destined to be.

    As the tide of sentiment in Metropolis turns against heroes, branding them as unchecked vigilantes, our defender of justice will be called upon to re-define what it really means to be a superhero. Given how dangerously close Clark has skirted to crossing the line in the name of "justice" in the past, will he truly earn the right to be the symbol of good for humanity, or will he prove the naysayers right, that no one individual can be judge, jury and enforcer.

    In the midst of this turmoil, a new danger will emerge as a dark force takes on many faces, threatening Clark at every turn. Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), Clark's late, adopted father—forever and always Clark's moral compass, will stand by Clark's side as he takes his final steps toward accepting his birthright. He will need all the help he can get to fight the impending evil onslaught...the greatest darkness ever unleashed on Earth.

    Struggling with her own affairs of the heart, Chloe Sullivan will be faced with an impossible question—how much is she truly willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? Chloe will take a tumultuous step into danger for the greater good, the hands of Fate, her only guide.

    When Chloe vanishes, Oliver Queen will be forced to look long and hard at the circumstances behind it. Blaming himself for her disappearance, Oliver will begin exploring the accountability for all his past actions, good and bad—what great lengths will Oliver go to in order to bring his lost love back home?

    Having risked her own life in an attempt to become accountable for her own misguided actions, no one is more surprised than Tess Mercer when she wakes, alive and well, in a seemingly abandoned medical facility. But what secrets lie in wait in the recesses of "Cadmus Labs"? And how much is Tess willing to give up to seize her second chance at redemption?


    Main cast members


    Smallville was filmed at various locales in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada, mostly around metropolitan Greater Vancouver. The main studio containing the sound stages and backlot sets, where most of the show was recorded, is located in Burnaby (an inner satellite city east of Vancouver) just north of the elevated viaduct of SkyTrain's Expo Line (featured repeatedly in the show) halfway between Royal Oak and Edmonds stations, though some scenes are filmed on real-world locations elsewhere in the Fraser Valley with varying degrees of post-production editing.

    • The Downtown Vancouver landscape was used extensively as templates for Metropolis in the show, and several famous buildings were featured.
    • Several buildings of the University of British Columbia (UBC) main campus at Point Grey (off Vancouver's West Side), particularly the Walter C. Koerner Library, were used for both the Metropolis University and the Central Kansas A&M.
    • The Smallville High School was filmed on two public secondary schools in East Vancouver ("East Side"). When the show first started, the exterior scenes were taken at Vancouver Technical School ("Van Tech") on 2600 East Broadway in Renfrew-Collingwood, while the interior scenes were shot at Templeton Secondary School on 727 Templeton Drive in Grandview-Woodland. However, due to several difficulties with the Van Tech location, from Cool onwards Templeton Secondary became the exclusive location for almost all school scenes until the main characters graduated high school at the end of Season 4. Painted hallways with the "Smallville Crows" logo remain inside Templeton, and the school also adopted gold with its own maroon color as its school colors.
    • The exterior of the LuthorCorp Fertilizer Planet #3 was actually the the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Annacis Island between Vancouver and Richmond.
    • The "main street" of Smallville were filmed mainly in the town of Cloverdale (southeast of Surrey), and the Clova Theatre on Cloverdale's 176 Street was used as the storefront of the Talon. Cloverdale is particularly proud of being a filming location for the show, that nowadays at the town entrance is a huge welcome sign which reads "Home of Smallville".
    • The Kent Farm, including the Kents'house and barn, was filmed on a real dairy farm on 248 Street in Aldergrove, Langley Township, just 1 mile north of the US-Canada Border.
    • Smallville's local Loeb Bridge is actually a beam bridge on Harris Road in Pitt Meadows crossing over the Alouette River, locally known as the "Old Silver Bridge". The bridge was used in Pilot but also used as a different bridge ("Coughlin Bridge") in Truth.
    • Smallville's local dam featured in Leech and Duplicity was filmed at the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver District, which holds back the Capilano Lake from the Capilano River downstream.
    • Smallville's local Crater Lake, featured in Slumber and Aqua, was based on the Buntzen Lake north of Anmore and Port Moody, although the nearby Sasamat Lake was used in Cool.
    • The Smallville Crows football matches in the Season 4 episodes Devoted and Jinx were filmed at the Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford, whereas in previous seasons the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby was used.
    • The Smallville Medical Center entrance was that of the Langley Memorial Hospital in Murrayville, Langley Township.
    • The exterior of the Luthor Mansion was actually the historic Hatley Castle in Colwood on the Vancouver Island.
    • The Reeves Dam featured in Phantom and Bizarro was filmed at the Ruskin Dam Powerhouse between the Hayward Lake and Stave River.
    • The icefield where Clark constructed the Fortress of Solitude was film on the glaciers of Rainbow Mountain just west of the popular ski resort of Whistler, about 60 miles north of Vancouver.
    • The "Victorian Arms" that Dr. Curtis Knox ran his meteor freak clinics was actually the exterior of the Crease Clinic of the now defunct Riverview Hospital, a now-demolished historic psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia.


    • Filming for the show between Seasons 1-5 took a 10-day shoot per episode — 8 days of main unit and 2 days of second unit totaling into 10 days overall, while after Season 5 they reduced it to 9 days.[3] Although in the TV Guide's behind-the-scenes documentary of Season 1 they say it takes 8 days which is not so different as most shows first seasons are different from the rest as they tend to try and get into a comfortable position for everything including days of shooting.[4]


    • The Jules Verne Festival paid a special tribute to the TV show Smallville during a night special attended by 3,000 fans at the Rex Theatre in Paris, April 7, 2005. Creators and producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar were presented with a Jules Verne Award Special, in the presence of actresses Allison Mack and Erica Durance, as well as Jean Jules Verne, the writer's great grandson.
    • The episode Rosetta was nominated for the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
    • Smallville won best Dramatic Series in the 2011 Leo Awards. Also Tom Welling has won two Teen Choice Awards over the last 10 years for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Smallville as a whole has also won other Teen Choice Awards.


    DVD Name

    Release dates

    Region 1

    Region 2

    Region 4

    Season 1September 23, 2003 October 13, 2003 December 3, 2003
    Season 2May 18, 2004 September 17, 2004 January 1, 2005
    Season 3November 16, 2004 April 18, 2005 July 13, 2005
    Season 4September 13, 2005 October 10, 2005 November 11, 2006
    Season 5September 12, 2006 August 28, 2006 April 4, 2007
    Season 6September 18, 2007 October 22, 2007 October 8, 2007
    Season 7September 9, 2008 October 13, 2008 March 4, 2009

    Season 8

    August 25, 2009 October 12, 2009 March 31, 2010
    Season 9September 7, 2010 October 25, 2010 June 22, 2011
    Season 10November 29, 2011 October 17, 2011 April 5, 2012
    Seasons 1-10 Box Set November 29, 2011 October 17, 2011 TBA


    Most episodes features a song by an alternative rock act, and the success of Songs in the Key of X (an album of songs featured in and inspired by the television show The X-Files) prompted the release of a soundtrack album. A second soundtrack album followed two years later.


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    The first few seasons revolve around Clark Kent’s childhood where he discovers his supernatural powers and extraterrestrial origins. The later seasons focus on an adult Clark, as he pursues a career as a reporter at The Daily Planet. The writers had initially thought of working on Bruce Wayne, that chronicled the journey of Batman but later switched to Superman.

    The show had a run of 10 successful seasons. Smallville season 11 followed a very unconventional approach of releasing the show in print as a digital comic book. Here’s everything we know about it.

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    Tom Welling stars as Clark Kent, a young boy who realizes that he has superpowers. This takes him on a search of finding his origins. Welling is known for his roles in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Fog (2005), Draft Day (2014) and The Choice (2016). When the project was first introduced to him, Welling had turned it out since he could not see himself as a superhero. However, after reading the script he eventually accepted. Tom Welling has been hailed for his performance in Smallville and has received multiple awards over the years.

    Kristen Kreuk stars as Lana Lang, Kent’s neighbour. Lana is a young girl who has lost her parents. This has shaped her to become an empathetic person. Kristen is popular for her roles in Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011)

    Michael Rosenbaum appears as Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor. Michael has previously played supporting roles in many films and television dramas including Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) and Guardians of Galaxy Vol.2. He is also known for his voiceover work.

    Erica Durance stars as Louis Lane. She was introduced only after Season 4 when the storyline portrays Clark eventually deciding to move for work as a reporter for The Daily Planet. Erica is known for her roles in Saving Hope (2012) and Supergirl (2017).

    Smallville Plot: What is it about?

    Smallville is an American series based on the DC Comics character, Superman. The series follows the life of Clark Kent, a young boy living in Smallville, Kansas who discovers he has superpowers and extraterrestrial origins. Clark belongs to a planet called Krypton. He arrives on earth as a baby in a spaceship sent by his parents in the nick of time as Krypton sinks into oblivion. He is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, a couple who reside in Smallville and decide to keep his secret and raise him as their own child.

    The first four seasons explore Clark’s life in Smallville, as he struggles to come to terms with his abilities. The writers followed a ‘villain a week’ format for a very long time, where every episode had a new villain. Clark is then shown to use his abilities to do good and save the day. Before working on the series, the writers had an agreement which they called, ‘no tights, no flights’ which made it clear that Superman will not be portrayed in his infamous costume. Instead, they decided to focus on Clark Kent and what made him turn into Superman.

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    In 2013, season 11 officially ended but the story continued with the release of multiple miniseries. Smallville has managed to build its own universe with a net of parallel stories that dive deep inside the DC universe. Smallville is a treat to watch for all fans of the DC universe. It offers a very fresh perspective to Superman and the rich content promises to be a hook that will make you binge-watch every day.

    Is There Going to be Smallville Season 11?

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    It moved to The CW after five seasons. The season finale was aired on May 13, 2011. Smallville received critical acclaim and the series was a massive commercial success. Christopher Reeves, who starred as Superman previously also made guest appearances and appreciated the series.

    Smallville received multiple awards which also included an Emmy and Teen Choice Award. Tom Welling who stars as Clark Kent, received the Teen Choice Award in 2002 and was named as one of People’s magazine’s breakthrough stars in 2001.

    Smallville season 11 followed a very unique model that involved making it available in the form of digital and print comic book. This was a continuation of the original 10 seasons. The schedule followed a release of 3 digital ‘episodes’ every Friday and would go on to combine them all in a print release in the 4th week. Many print copies carried the subtitle reading, ‘part of season 11’

    In January 2013, this schedule went back to a weekly release structure. On September 6, 2013, it was announced that season 11 will end but the series will continue in the form of multiple miniseries.

    What’s most exciting is that, as of September 2019, Tom Welling and Erica Durance have been roped in to reprise their respective characters of Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” It will be a five-hour event for which filming has already begun in Vancouver, Canada.

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