What’s to come for Clark Kent as Season 9 comes to a close and Season 10 ramps up.
It’s been a very busy season for Smallville, which has seen the introduction of several new heroes and villains from the DC Comics universe, andClark Kent getting ever-closer to becoming Superman – which has included him wearing a familiar S shaped logo on his shirt, and a relationship with Lois Lane.
Proving once again how durable it is, Smallville has recently been renewed for a remarkable 10th season – an achievement very few series can also claim. As we head into the last few episodes of Season 9, I had the chance to speak to one ofSmallville‘s showrunners and executive producers, Brian Peterson, about what’s to come in the weeks ahead – including the return of Metallo, Martha Kent andPerry White and the debut of Maxwell Lord. We also discussed the current status of Lois & Clark and Chloe & Oliver and more.
IGN TV: Let’s jump into this week’s new episode and the return of Metallo.
Brian Peterson: We were really excited to have Brian [Austin Green] back, because he did such a great job as Metallo. He was pretty much the quintessential Metallo, we thought, but what’s funny is that he comes back in really different capacity than we saw him the first time, and in fact kind of plays the protagonist for the episode, because Clark ends up infected with red kryptonite. And so you have Clark and Zod teamed up against poor Metallo, so it’s a very different switch-up.
IGN: As we’re going into these final episodes and Zod now has these powers, will he be taking center stage a bit more?
Peterson: I would say it’s pretty balanced. Clark has a lot of other things on his plate, like Lois and Checkmate and Tess and Chloe. So it’s actually pretty balanced. He takes center stage in a couple episodes, but I would say not in the full run.
IGN: Clark has been wearing a sort of prototype version of the Superman suit, and he’s definitely acting more like a superhero than we’ve ever seen. But he’s also got some darker moments that remind us he’s not Superman yet – he’s a little more threatening with Tess and some characters than maybe Superman would be. Is that an interesting dynamic for you to explore: the guy figuring out what kind of a hero he’s going to be?
Peterson: Yeah, Al [Gough] and Miles [Millar] from the start created a world and a character where we got to explore all the different kinds of missing emotional pieces that a person would go through when they’re deciding to become the world’s ultimate superhero. We’ve really tried to continue that, because obviously somebody doesn’t make a massive decision to accept their destiny like Clark eventually will without a lot of weighing the pros and cons and going a little too far in one direction or another. We promised this would be Clark’s darkest hour, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re really showing when you become a god, when you’ve taken it upon yourself to be the city’s savior, are there moments when you have to look back and go, “I’m never gonna go there again.” And so that’s what we’ve been doing.
IGN: “Absolute Justice” had a lot of tantalizing moments. We saw that glimpse of the red cape that Clark was shown by Doctor Fate, and we also had an interesting mention from Fate to Chloe about her destiny. Will that be something that we delve into more going forward?
Peterson: Definitely. I would say we’re not quite at that point yet, but that definitely was a plan for something we want to pay off as the series wraps up, whenever that may be.
IGN: The Chloe/Oliver dynamic is one that’s gone over very well with a lot of fans. Was that something that was fun for you guys to get to explore this season?
Peterson: It really felt organic to who each of those characters are, because they’ve been through a lot when it comes to love and allegiances, and to have a relationship on the show that isn’t so filled with angst and riddled with romance and all the problems that go with there… It really felt like it was right to have those two characters be a counter-balance to Lois and Clark, and obviously Tess and Zod have a little more sadistic relationship. I think it’s been really fun. It’s really fun to see those two, and then the actors have really embraced it too – Allison [Mack] and Justin [Hartley], I think, have really enjoyed playing something that kind of feels real and what a real person would be going through in their situation.
IGN: You mentioned Lois and Clark. That’s obviously a very famous, iconic couple. Lois had been on the show for several years. Did you feel like this was just the right time to finally see what these two are going to be like as a couple?
Peterson: We definitely wanted to be true to Clark’s heart, and even after he broke up with Lana, he was still dealing with the wounds and being in love with Lana, so after last season, where that kind of was healed a little bit, we finally got a chance to see the two of them exploring the feelings that they have for each other. I think they don’t quite know how to handle those feelings, because Clark is having two separate relationships with Lois, as Blur and as Clark, and Lois is torn because there is this iconic, amazing hero she kind of has a duty toward, and then she kind of has a romantic love for Clark. So that really all climaxes in this last run of episodes that we have.