Tom Welling has a new office on the Warner Bros. lot and there’s an empty parking spot right out front — it’s marked “C. SHEEN” — which reminds him how quickly things can change in television and how lucky he’s been to be one of television’s steadiest stars, with a decade logged on the now-ending“Smallville.”
“It can all go away and can go fast,” said the 34-year-old, whose new digs still had unpacked boxes and bare walls when he sat down last week to talk about the final flight of “Smallville,” which airs its two-part series finale beginning May 13 on the CW. “I feel so grateful. But I also know it’s time to move on.”
“Each time we got picked up we had to push that finish line further away, and I think we had some low moments when we got too far-fetched,” he said. “If you look at the series, the first five years were one show and the next five were a different show.
“We could have called it ‘Metropolis,’ in a way … there were a few times when heroes come in where we allowed ourselves to get lighter. But that’s breaking things up. I don’t think anyone goes out and tries to make mistakes.” - Hero Complex
The CW has released 27 images from the two-hour series finale of Smallville which airs on May 13th 8/7c.
The stills feature Lois and Clark’s wedding with our favorite characters back to see the two tie the knot. See Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley and guest stars Allison Mack, John Schnieder and Annette O’Toole.Click here for the gallery!
The one thing I kept thinking as I watched “Dominion” last week was how difficult a show it was going to be to review. It isn’t that I wasn’t entertained or that I found the episode hard to pin down in any way, it’s just that not a whole lot really happened last week. “Dominion” is an extremely talky episode (even for a series so notorious for its long-winded diatribes as Smallville), and its scenes stretched on for what seemed much longer than the average show. So this review may come off as even a bit more analytical than usual, delving into character motivation and possibly going off on a tangent here or there. The truth is, as far as actual plot is concerned, there’s just not enough going on in “Dominion” to sustain a review of my typical length. That’s not to say that this is a bad thing, per se. Justin Hartley’s directorial debut has a lot going for it, not the least of which is seeing the show through a new set of eyes. Subtle or overt, slight camera angle changes and unfamiliar compositional choices helped this episode feel fresh in a way that was very cool to experience. As I’ll point out later, however, there were other things that – sadly – weren’t so inspired. But enough with the harping about how hard of a review this is going to be. The best way to write it is to just get to it, and so I shall.
“We shot the actual finale as our third-to-last episode,” reports Welling, who also has been a “Smallville” executive producer and the director of six episodes. “We shot two more episodes, then shot the first part of the finale last. It gave us the opportunity to take a look at what would be the last image of the show in post-production and make any changes or adaptations to it. It didn’t necessarily take the emotional pressure off us, but the time pressure.”
Even if the very last scene was done weeks before production on “Smallville” ended, it still had its impact on Welling.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” he says. “As we were shooting it, everyone’s senses were heightened. People were flying up from L.A. (to Vancouver, where the show has been made) to supervise and make sure everyone who had to make a decision was there. Everybody was just really excited, and the energy level went up.”
For some time, “Smallville” producers stated the show’s viewers never would see Clark fly nor wear the Superman suit under the so-called “no flights, no tights” rule. Well, they’ve now seen him fly, so it remains valid to wonder if they’ll see him in the legendary blue-and-red uniform with the big “S” on the chest before the series signs off.
“To me, and to a lot of people connected to the show, that’s not what the show is about,” Welling maintains. “Maybe we leaned that way sometimes because it was easier to go that way and it would be easier to write about, but to me, the integrity of the show was about Clark Kent in Smallville. Even when he made his move to Metropolis, the essence of the character before he became Superman was always important to me. That’s what I found interesting, that’s why I signed up 10 years ago, and I think it’s a big part of why people watched.”
TV Guide has posted some info on Oliver and the Omega symbol.
How will Oliver get rid of the Omega symbol and the darkness on Smallville? — Dan
We’ll have to wait until the finale to find out, but who better than Superman to solve that problem? “Oliver ends up, in the finale, having to ask Clark to help him,” Justin Hartley reveals to us. “[The darkness] is overpowering him. He’s not in control anymore. Oliver is gone, just disconnected. We figure it out in the finale, to a point. We do the story justice.”
A one of a kind Smallville Memorabilia Package is up for grabs on eBay.
The package includes the following items:
- The script for Smallville “Scion” autographed by Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, John Glover, Lucas Grabeel, Turi Meyer and Al Septien.
- An 8″ x 10″ glossy print of Erica Durance, which is autographed by Erica.
- An 8″ x 10″ glossy print of Cassidy Freeman, which is autographed by Cassidy.
An authentic Smallville Daily Planet keychain and Season 10 cast/crew long sleeve T-shirt is also being available for bidding now.
“Prophecy” airs on May 6th on the CW.
gsierra21: Three episodes of Smallville left! OMG! What happens?
OMG, indeed! Justin Hartley, please respond! “It’s kind of an Oliver story to the end. And then of course the Chloe (Allison Mack) thing. Where they end up, do they end up together, do they not. It’s neat. It’s a hero thing, and then it’s a family thing as well,” he tells us about Oliver’s journey for the rest of the season.
TheREALSN3: Anything Smallville finale-related please!
Cassidy Freeman thinks fans will be satisfied, that’s for sure. “I think the way they went about finishing this series was really clever,” she tells us. “I actually got chills reading the finale and I hope the fans feel the same way. But I think it’s really clever and a great launching pad for whatever story each one of us takes from here.” We’re going to assume she means a Smallville movie is happening. Let’s pick the hashtag: #SmallvilleMovie #SmallMovie2012 #BigScreenSmallville
Frankly, Chloe looks adorable, and we’re so thrilled that Mack decided to return to the series for one final bow so that we can say a proper goodbye to the girl we met 10 years ago. “She ends in a very healthy and levelheaded way,” Mack has said. “I think that the writers have respected my character for such a long time, and she goes out with the same affection she came in with.”
How did you feel about the direction the showrunners took with Oliver and Chloe Sullivan?
I thought they did a good job with the writing. I thought it was fun. We had this guy that was supposed to be the “player” of the show, the bad boy, find this girl who, if you think about it, was the goodie two-shoes of the show. These two find each other and figure out that they have so much more in common than they thought they ever would. It’s sweet. It grounds Oliver and it gives Chloe a little fire.
You get to give fans your particular guiding hand on Zod. He’s a longtime Superman foe, so what makes the character so compelling?
Specifically, in our episode, John Chisholm, the guy who wrote the script, did a really good job of making the way Zod talks coincide with the way Callum [Blue] plays the character. Callum, when he showed up, did a phenomenal job of making everything work, taking what is on the page and breathing life into it. I would say those two guys and their work in my episode are what make Zod so compelling. Any super villain in “Smallville” is compelling, but what Callum did – I can’t thank him enough.
In your head, where is Oliver Queen going, post-”Smallville.”
I think Oliver, in my head, he was always doing what he did in the comics. He’s setting his sights on political aspirations and running things and defeating evil … becoming the strong hand of the law.
Another series finale promo has been released. Smallville will say goodbye on May 13th on the CW.
“Prophecy” airs on May 6th on the CW.
The CW has released 13 HQ images from the final episode of Smallville. They feature Erica Durance, Tom Welling and Micheal Rosenbaum returning as Lex Luthor.
“Finale” will air on May 13th on the CW.Click here for the gallery!
Justin Hartley shared with TV Line how he got several super assists in his debut behind the camera and IDs the choice keepsake he wasn’t able to grab after shooting the series finale.
What surprised you most about your directing experience?
Tom was really great in letting me do a couple of things with him, and as a result there are moments where Smallville fans are going to go, “Whoa!” I was like, “Hey, dude, will you wear this? Can I get you to do this?” And he did everything. I owe him a lot. But that’s just how all those people are – the grips, the prop guys making sure the blood was perfect, everyone making sure that I would be seen in the best light I could be seen in. It was touching, really.
The promos suggest a 300-style look to the action sequences. Was that something you had in mind, or did it come from the producers?
I’m glad that you saw that because it is something I had in mind. We had this unbelievable DP with a really great eye, so I knew I was in good hands there, but because of the budget we came up short on the whole weapons thing. I’m sitting there going, “We have a gladiator episode, what are we supposed to do, step into the arena and argue with each other? ” So one of the guys had this brilliant idea. [The 2006 Zack Snyder film] 300 was a Warner Bros. production, and we got aton of stuff from them to use — the masks, the armor…. And then our wardrobe lady built this other stuff out of, like, hockey gear. It turned into something a lot bigger than it was originally.
What keepsake did you grab before leaving Smallville for good?
You mean, did I steal anything?
“Steal” is a strong word. Thought maybe you’d grab the random bow, arrow….
No, no…. What I wanted was to take the one Green Arrow suit that I wore and auction it off for charity, but I think that’s been put in an archive. I took a bunch of production stills, and I got a really great gift from the producers after directing “Dominion” – it’s like a movie slate in a frame. But no, I didn’t really take much.
EW has posted a scoop on what lies ahead for Smallville‘s Chlollie.
Please! I’m dying for some Smallville scoop!! Waiting for Fridays is becoming more and more painful because I want them to come and I also don’t want it to end! Help a confused citizen, please! — Dave
Well, if it’s scoop you’re wanting, you should come back later for my chat with Justin Hartley about his directorial debut. But until then, I’ll tease you with this bit from our quick discussion about Oliver’s future with Chloe: “We send him in a direction with Chloe that makes sense. it kinda ties up that story but also keeps him in line with what’s been told in the comics.” But, he warns, it’s by no means an episode centered on anyone but Clark. “They did a great job of telling everyone’s story without taking away from the main character.”