April 21, 2013 | 4:50 p.m.

‘Smallville’ Season 11 graphic novel gets into Crisis mode

“Smallville” concluded its television run on the CW with a series finale in May 2011 that saw Tom Welling’s Superman finally take to the skies, but the emotional moment didn’t exactly signal the end of the show. Almost a full year later, the show’s 11th season kicked off via a digital comic penned by former “Smallville” writer Bryan Q. Miller, and last week the first four issues were released as a single print graphic novel with cover art by Cat Staggs and interiors by Pere Perez. Set six months after the events of the finale, “Smallville Vol. 1: Guardian” sees Lex Luthor launch his “Guardian Defense Platforms” to ward off alien invaders after the scare of Apokolips — but he obviously has other, more nefarious plans in mind. Hero Complex caught up with Miller to ask about the creative impetus […]
Nov. 11, 2011 | 9:12 a.m.

Tom Welling: Five ‘Smallville’ co-stars who taught me most

In May, after 10 seasons, Tom Welling said goodbye to “Smallville” (and Metropolis) but loyal fans can revisit the world of Clark Kent, his friends, foes and lovers with the massive new collector’s DVD set that hits stores on Nov. 29. And we do mean massive — the super-sized collection costs $340 but has all 218 episodes and more than five hours of special features, all spread out over 62 discs. That’s right, 62 discs. For Welling, now 34, the decade as the Man of Steel has defined his career and adult life. “Even in the early days of the show, I approached it like I was in school and I was always going to be learning,” Welling said. “Luckily, we got people through the door who were creative and highly talented and the environment on the set was always very collective and open […]
May 20, 2011 | 5:08 p.m.

‘Smallville’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ creators know the drill: ‘People tune in to watch you fail’

Sentimental fans bade farewell to “Smallville” last week,  but Al Gough and Miles Millar, the creators and original executive producers of the show, said goodbye back in 2008 when they exited after seven seasons. That didn’t really sap any of the emotion they felt watching  the series finale and Tom Welling’s final performance as Clark Kent after a decade in the role. “You don’t go into any TV show thinking it’s going to last a decade,” Gough said. “There are so many hurdles to overcome just getting a pilot to air. You’re doing it season to season and it’s hard to see the big picture in a way. I went back to my old high school about two years ago and there were kids there that were 17 and had been watching the show since they were 7 or 8. You realize […]
May 13, 2011 | 7:31 p.m.

‘Smallville’: Visual effects gurus who made Clark super

We’ve heard from the main star of “Smallville,” Tom Welling, producers and even a few heroes (Eric Martsolf and Justin Hartley), but the people that make the show fly — the visual effects team — are also closing a chapter in their lives. For Entity FX, the visual effects company that has crafted everything from a Metropolis skyline to the expression of Clark Kent’s powers since the second season, it’s a bittersweet ending. “We did 4,500 visual effects shots across 195 episodes … It was one of the longest-running vfx-centered shows ever. Longer than ‘X-Files,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ ‘Lost,’ ‘Buffy’ and a whole bunch of others,” said Mat Beck, senior visual effects supervisor of Entity FX. The show not only taxed them creatively, it also expanded their respect and knowledge of the Man of Steel. “Over the years, I’ve definitely grown […]
May 12, 2011 | 2:17 p.m.

‘Smallville’ farewell: The ultimate Tom Welling photo gallery

Call him Clark Kent or call him Superman, no actor has owned the role of the last son of Krypton longer than Tom Welling, who walks away (or, perhaps, flies off) from “Smallville” on Friday night with the two-hour series finale that has die-hard fans both in a tizzy and in tears. To mark the moment, above you will find a truly super-sized photo gallery in honor of the biggest man in Smallville. — Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Welling looks for a future beyond Metropolis ‘Smallville’ producers ask: Where do we fit in? Welling answers ‘Why doesn’t he just put on the suit?’ Justin Hartley: The future, and keeping his shirt on Cult of Chloe: Fans’ tribute to Clark Kent’s gal pal ‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf and the Booster Gold era Saying goodbye to ‘Smallville’ VIDEO: Christopher Reeve on ‘Tonight Show’ Look, up in the […]
May 10, 2011 | 8:12 p.m.

‘Smallville’ producers: ‘Where do we fit into the greater mythology?’ [updated]

The end is near for “Smallville.” The two-hour series finale this Friday brings an end to the decade-long saga of Clark Kent, as portrayed by Tom Welling, a young man in search of a future that is, well, super. The rural youngster has grown up — he’s even sold the family farm — and the show’s final flight will be a major moment for The CW.  Our Geoff Boucher caught up with executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson to talk about a show that is going up, up and away.  GB: This must be a bittersweet week for you. You must be going through a lot of complicated emotions right now. BP: That is absolutely correct. It’s very sad to see it go but also there’s just great pride in seeing what everybody has accomplished in 10 years and over  the course of […]
May 05, 2011 | 7:23 p.m.

‘Smallville’ Tom Welling on saying goodbye to Superman [updated]

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 the two-hour series finale (appropriately titled “Finale“) on May 13 on The CW. “I feel so grateful. But I also know it’s time to move on.” Welling leaves the show with mixed feelings, and that’s entirely appropriate for a man who spent 10 seasons as a Clark Kent […]
May 01, 2011 | 7:44 a.m.

‘Smallville’: Justin Hartley looks to the future (and keeps his shirt on)

There are heroes other than Kal-El  on the CW’s “Smallville” and Green Arrow is probably the most popular of them. Justin Hartley, once cast as Aquaman, has been a regular cast member for a while, and made his directorial debut in Friday night’s “Dominion” episode.  As the show nears its end, Hartley is looking forward to working with his pet film project and getting a little rest after being “beat up” for the last few seasons on the show.  Jevon Phillips caught up with him (before the episode aired) and chatted about directing Zod and Oliver Queen‘s future. Jevon Phillips: Here’s the question that you’ve probably answered a lot lately … Justin Hartley: My shirt was on during this episode. That’s what you were going to ask me, right? JP: Not exactly, but thanks for that! Female (and some male) fans might […]
April 21, 2011 | 12:27 p.m.

‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf ushers in Booster Gold era

As “Smallville” nears its finale, the guest stars and memorable moments are by no means slowing down. “Days of Our Lives” actor Eric Martsolf is the latest lucky recipient of a costume as he portrays 25th century hero Booster Gold in Friday’s episode. So what did the actor think of the ad man/hero when the role came his way? “Interestingly enough, when I first starting reading the script, I thought of Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy in ‘Anchorman.’ This is just a  guy that’s full of conceit, confidence and is just overbearing in all aspects.  That was my original opinion of him. After seeing how Geoff Johns scribed the episode, it was clear to me that he was more than just a flash in the pan,” Martsolf said. He researched the role extensively, noting that the hero “historically has made […]
Sept. 23, 2010 | 6:01 p.m.

‘Smallville’s’ Tom Welling knows what you’re thinking: ‘Why doesn’t he just put on the suit?’

Clark Kent is growing into the super man we all knew he could be as “Smallville” begins its 10th and final season on Friday. Jevon Phillips writes about the show and the actor who has portrayed Clark Kent longer than anyone else, Tom Welling. Tom Welling’s first memory on the set of “Smallville” nine years ago was a chance meeting with a young production assistant named Chris Petry. The actor waved at Petry, who returned the greeting. Almost a decade later, Petry is all grown up and now serves as one of the show’s producers and occasionally directs. As for Welling, well, he is still almost Superman. “The two of us were just sitting around the other day and going ‘Eh, not too bad. Not too bad for nine years. [We’ve] done all right,” said Welling, who is also an […]
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