The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the fifth season of "Smallville."
Things are looking good for Tom Welling. The actor who plays the young Clark Kent in Smallville will soon appear on the big screen in the remake of John Carpenters The Fog. Coinciding with that will be the start of the fifth season of Warner Brotherspopular superhero show. Although things appear to be taking off for Welling, though, we shouldnt expect to see the Man of Steel flying across the Kansas skies any time soon, according to Now Playing Magazine.
"There won't be any flying, but so far his beat has just been Smallville, and that will get bigger, said Al Gough, executive producer and co-creator of Smallville.
Arrival, the season five premiere, will see Clark and Chloe (Allison Mack) in the Fortress of Solitude, the complex in the North Pole that will later become Supermans polar sanctuary. When they return south, though, it wont only be to the titular town. At the end of the fourth season Kent and his high school cohort had graduated and Clark was looking forward to college in the city of Metropolis. That transition is going to present him with new challenges, according to Gough.
He'll get into Metropolis, and then when you're not in a small town where you can just zip away, what are the complications that arise from that? Gough said. Suddenly you're in a much bigger playing field so other problems are going to arise. How do you keep your identity secret? He's going to start to realize that he has other responsibilities other than the town of Smallville."
The new season will also see the young Supermans fate intersect with that of other superheroes that have crossed his path in the DC Comics universe.
"You realize Clark is going to grow up to be Superman and will be the head of the Justice League and will be interfacing with all these different superheroes, all of whom became superheroes for different reasons and don't always have the same [motivations], even though they're all fighting for the good guys," Gough said. "It doesn't necessarily mean they all approach it in the same way or all believe in the same thing. Obviously Batman and Superman have very different views of justice and have very different life experiences. So I think for us it's a very interesting way to illuminate some of these characters when they were in their formative years as well.
Characters from Superman's history that will definitely appear in upcoming episodes include Aquaman and Milton Fine, otherwise known as Brainiac, who will be played by James Marsters (Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel).
According to the Warner Brothers website, Fines arrival will reveal to Clark the reason for his presence on Earth and the fate of his biological family. The site also says that the fifth season will see dramatic changes for Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), and they wont be for the better. Clark will learn of dangerous experiments conducted by Luthercorp. This knowledge, together with the decision by his adoptive father (John Schneider) to run against Lex for town mayor, will drive a wedge between Clark and his friend. By the seasons end Clark and Lex will have become mortal enemies.
Superman fans might be interested to know that Warner Home Video will release the complete first season of The Adventures of Superman, the classic 1950s series starring George Reeves, on October 18.
Season five of Smallville begins on Thursday, September 29, at 8 p.m. E.T. on The WB.
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