Welling, Durance ‘Smallville’ reunion in ‘Crisis’ event


UPDATED: Just this morning we reported that Tom Welling would return as Clark Kent in the upcoming Arrowverse, 5-series event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Now Clois is back! Clois is back!

Erica Durance, whom many consider to be the best Lois Lane (at least second best to Margot Kidder) is now returning as well to reprise Lois Lane. This makes the CW event all around Smallville reunion. This now gives us three Supermen and two Lois Lanes. No word on if Michael Rosenbaum reprises his superb Lex Luthor.

Tom Welling (remember him?) who played pre-Superman Clark Kent for 10 years on Smallville, will reprise the iconic role on the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Entertainment Weekly first reported this.

Smallville aired from 2001-2011, first on The WB before it merged with UPN to create The CW.

The addition of Welling, who has stayed pretty much out of the acting spotlight since ’11, means there will be three incarnations of Superman. Durance actually appeared on Supergirl as an older version of Alura Zor-El, Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) mother.

Speaking to Deadline, Arrow co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed Smallville’s legacy and the importance of Welling’s return for Crisis:

“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.”

Here is Welling’s final moment on Smallville:

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Crisis on Infinite Earths is one of DC Comics most famous and popular storylines.

The original 12-issue comic book series, written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ran from April 1985 to March 1986.

At the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is unleashed on the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the various Earths that it comprises.

The Monitor tries to recruit heroes from around the Multiverse but is murdered, while Brainiac collaborates with the villains to conquer the remaining Earths.

However, both the heroes and villains are eventually united by the Spectre; the series concludes with Kal-L, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor Jr. defeating the Anti-Monitor and the creation of a single Earth in place of the Multiverse.

Crisis on Infinite Earths is notable for its high death count; hundreds of characters died, including DC icons Kara Zor-El (the original Supergirl) and Barry Allen (the Flash of the Silver Age).

The story’s events resulted in the entire DCU being rebooted.

We’re not sure how many will die on the Arrowverse version, although we do know Arrow, starring Stephen Amell, will be ending after 8 seasons. Also, Legends of Tomorrow’s Brandon Routh who plays Ray Palmer, otherwise known as The Atom, will also be leaving the series.

It’s important to note that Routh, who played Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns, will be getting back into the tights as The Kingdom Come version of Superman and Tyler and Tyler Hoechlin, who has been the Arrowverse version of the Man of Steel up until this point.

Additionally, Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman TV series, will be playing a role, as will the animated voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. It’s said that Conroy will play an older version of Batman. The cast of Black Lightning is also said to be appearing.

The Crisis on Infinite Earths is The CW’s most ambitious crossover yet. It will span five hours across all five Arrowverse shows, including newcomer Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose as the female caped crusader.

The crossover begins Dec. 8 with Supergirl. That will be followed by Batwoman and The Flash on Dec. 9 and 10, respectively. Crisis on Infinite Earths will wrap up on Jan. 14 with Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow going back-to-back.

The big looming blue question is whether Welling will finally put on a Superman costume. If you remember the big slogan about Smallville was “No flights, no tights.”

Can. Not. Wait.

SOURCE: The Wrap