After three years without him Michael Rosenbaum is returning to “Smallville” and fans couldn’t be happier.
When the actor bowed out of the series at the end of the seventh season many viewers thought that was it for Lex Luthor, that is until he returned in season 8 played by a different actor. However, the villain-to-be didn’t last long and was believed killed in an explosion arranged by Green Arrow (Justin Hartley).
But, as the series comes to its conclusion and sends Clark Kent (Tom Welling) into the skies, Lex will be back and Rosenbaum is pleased to still have the respect and support of the shows fanbase.
“I felt the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no,” he told the Evansville Courier & Press. “I felt after [starring in] 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so. I’m doing it for them.”
When he had a starring role in the series, Rosenbaum was required to shave his head on a daily basis and that was something that took a toll on the actor. Fortunately when he returns to the series for the finale two episodes he won’t be required to make that same sacrifice – he will wear a bald cap.
Among the events taking place in the series finale will be the resolution to the confrontation in the Fortress of Solitude that took place in “Arctic.”
“Obviously there’s unfinished business between Clark and Lex that has got to get resolved,” he said. “Our future is depending on it.”
However, when speaking about the finale, executive producer Brian Peterson has confirmed that the series may be seen as a different interpretation of the classic Superman character … and that is something that should be embraced.
“Every version of Superman in the movies, comics and TV show[s] is a slight variation on a theme,” Peterson told Assignment X. “As long as there is respect for the character and the basis of that character, there can be a lot of different interpretations.”
“Smallville” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.