“Somebody save me!” I personally can’t think of anyone I know that grew up in the early 2000s that hasn’t at least heard of Smallville. The landmark series became a pop culture staple and forever redefined the mythos of Superman. This Saturday at Los Angeles Comic-Con, cast members from the hit series reunited on the Main Stage to answer questions and share their experiences on set of the beloved series. Cast members in attendance included Clark Kent himself, Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), John Glover (Lionel Luther), and Laura Vandervoort (Kara Zor-El/Supergirl).
The panel’s moderator noted that the show’s original creator said that the show was a show of two families, that of Clark and that of Lex. Each of the cast members expressed their joy and getting to work with each other every day and echoed that the family dynamic was very present. Welling even stated that Glover’s character, Lionel Luther was originally set to be a much smaller, recurring role. Glover’s performance and the chemistry between he and Rosenbaum inspired the producers to keep him on as a series regular.
Unlike the three men on the panel, Vandervoort was not a part of the show’s initial creation. When asked about what is was like to join the show during its seventh season, Vandervoort admitted that she was terrified. “I felt like the new kid in school,” she said, “I wanted to make the fans happy. This was the first time they were going to see this character on TV.” When asked what it was like to shave his head during the later seasons, Glover stated that it was his idea to do so. Glover also revealed that he had found out about his character’s death in the seventh season from a driver taking him to set. The scene had been kept so secret that the full script wasn’t given out and was filmed in a discreet location.
Welling was asked what it was like to step into Glover’s shoes during the classic episode “Transference” in which Clark and Lionel body-swap. “There’s such a confidence and elegance that he (Glover) has, and I really had to dig deep for that” stated Welling. Rosenbaum was asked what it was like to film the show’s third season in which Lex is trapped on an island alone and therefore had to film most of his scenes alone. “I was going insane,” stated Rosenbaum, “They just wanted me to go crazy and I did that.”