It’s hard to argue that without the success of Smallville — which ran for ten seasons on what was originally The WB before it merged with UPN to become The CW — we would not have all of the fantastic DC Comics-based shows that now call The CW their home. It is for this reason that Smallville fans desperately want to see that series’ star Tom Welling appear in the current crop of CW DC shows. What once seemed like a dream may indeed become a reality, as Welling, who will be appearing on this season of Lucifer (another DC Comics-based series on FOX), revealed that he is interested in making an appearance on one of the Arrowverse shows.
Last month, Welling revealed that he was offered a role on Supergirl but turned it down because its tone is so vastly different from that of Smallville, so his Clark Kent/Superman would not fit in that world. However, while speaking to Nuke the Fridge’s Luis Lecca, Welling revealed that he would be interested in reprising his famous role for an episode of The Flash. Here is what the actor stated:
“I am willing to go on The Flash and I have a few ideas on how it can happen if the network asks me. In fact, I think I can make it happen.”
The CW shows have a great track record of bringing actors that have played versions of these characters before back into the fold in a way that both repects the legacy of the original shows/movies and works within the story of the current shows. The Flash has done it the best, perhaps, with actors like John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Mark Hamill and others reprising their roles from the 1990 version TV series. Supergirl has also brought back Helen Slater, star of the 1984 Supergirl movie, Lois & Clark stars Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, and this season, we will see Welling’s Smallville co-star Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane for seven seasons, as Kara’s Kryptonian birth mother Alura Zor-El, taking over the role from Laura Benanti.
While I really wanted to see Tom Welling return as Superman for the second season of Supergirl, which instead cast Tyler Hoechlin as the Man of Steel, Welling’s Superman appearing on The Flash might just work even better. As the actor pointed out, the worlds of Supergirl and Smallville are so different, so he essentially would have had to play a different version of the character or another character altogether. On the other hand, The Flash has introduced the concept of the Multiverse, so we could get the chance to catch up with Welling’s version of Clark Kent. Maybe we could even get to really see him in the costume this time (and not just in super far away shots, as was the case in the Smallville series finale). Plus, if Barry is already universe-hopping, maybe he can stop by Earth-38 to bring Kara along for the ride. They would be crazy not to do that.
I would love to see this happen! What about you? Do you want to see Tom Welling’s Superman share the screen with Grant Gustin’s The Flash? What about Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Nuke the Fridge
10 Heroes Who Should Get Their Own CW Arrowverse Shows
This past week marked the season finales for the core DC CW shows from the Arrowverse. Legends of Tomorrow ended a little bit earlier than Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow did, but all of the finales were great. They each successfully concluded the seasons and helped set things in motion for their upcoming seasons of the show. Supergirl teased a potential new villain, while The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow left us off with cliffhangers that will hopefully be resolved early next year.
While each of the DC CW shows were good, this season of Arrow was great! We here at Heroic Hollywood even gave an argument that this season of Arrow was better than this season of The Flash, due to how great this season for Oliver and the other Star City vigilantes were this year. Not only did the show deliver a compelling storyline, great choreographed action, and probably one of the best villains the CW produced (Prometheus), it also marked the return of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (arguably the second best villain of Arrow), who has been missing since season two. His return at the end of “Missing” made fans excited for his return. Recently actor Manu Bennett has been campaigning for a Deathstroke spin-off within the Arrowverse. The sometimes good, sometimes bad guy was a great presence earlier in Arrow and the character was one of the highlights of the past seasons. It would be interesting to see his backstory if possible, as well as what happens after he helped Oliver and Team Arrow on Lian Yu.
With that said, there are still plenty of characters who could get their own show within the DC universe. The DC CW universe started with Arrow and has quickly spun off into a wide range of shows, each able to stand on their own, each interconnected as well. Because of this, they have created their own coherent cinematic universe. The CW has been very successful with their DC shows as well. They have almost run out of days of the week to have their shows on, and with such a high volume of characters to work with, there’s a great deal of DC characters who could get their own spin-off shows. Next fall we will see Black Lightning (although it’s stated not to be a part of the Arrowverse… yet), so the sky’s the limit for what they can do. Here are a few ideas for spin-offs for the Arrowverse.
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