It’s official: Smallville star Tom Welling is returning as Superman for the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event on The CW.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Superman actor Tom Welling will guest star in The CW’s adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the game-changing DC Comics storyline by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Tom Welling was last seen as Superman in the Smallville series finale, which aired on May 13, 2011.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Crisis on Infinite Earths executive producer Marc Guggenheim commented on Tom Welling returning as Superman for the highly-anticipated crossover event. Here’s what he told the site:
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it. So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.”
Tom Welling is best known for playing a young Clark Kent on Smallville, which aired on The CW between 2001 and 2011. The actor portrayed Kal-El before his time as Superman. Now, Tom Welling is reprising his Smallville role for Crisis on Infinite Earths, which will also feature Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh as other versions of the Last Son of Krypton.
Crisis on Infinite Earths has been teased since the very first episode of Grant Gustin’s The Flash, where a newspaper headline from the year 2024 revealed that Barry Allen’s fate was to disappear during a “crisis.” However, the fifth season finale of The Flash accelerated this when the original newspaper headline changed the date of the event from 2024 to 2019. To add to this, the seventh season finale of Arrow set up Oliver Queen’s role in the next crossover by having him join the Monitor on a mission to warn other worlds of the crisis, as part of the arrangement Oliver made in order to save the lives of both The Flash and Supergirl.
Crisis On Infinite Earths will span two quarters and consist of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. The Arrowverse crossover will launch with three episodes in December before concluding with two additional episodes in January.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Tom Welling, Superman and the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on The CW.