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Old May 17 2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 finale)

Part of me is starting to wish that the last 10 years of Smallville have all just been one big setup. They spend 10 years giving us a generally mediocre show, that has flashes of brilliance every now and again, and constantly teases us with Supes mythology, and by the time that show ends, the fans are literally dying for a legitimate weekly Superman show - Red and Blues, secret identity, Lex Luthor, the whole nine yards.

What better time to release one?

It's been joked often on the internet that Smallville should have been re-named "Metropolis" by now, seeing as the town of Smallville barely features in it anymore. Maybe that's not such a bad idea. For all people on the internet can moan about Welling's acting, or the writing, I think if they ditched the whole "No Flights, No Tights" mantra that seems to have plagued Smallville for the last 10 years, and they were allowed to cut loose and make a full on Superman show without tip-toeing around the mythology, I think they'd be capable of making a damn good show. It probably wouldn't hurt for a show like that to have access to a larger budget, but I think they could pull it off.

It would be a bold move to "evolve" the show, and re-brand it from "Superman - The Early Years" into "Superman", but one that I think would really pay off.

Basically, if the rumours of next season featuring Darkseid/Apokolips are true, then it would be an ideal opportunity to turn Clark into Superman. I mean, Apokolips would be such a massive threat to Earth - much more so than Zod's army ever were - that Clark has to fully embrace his destiny in order to defeat Darkseid. I'd love to see Clark, in the season 10 finale, pull on the Superman outfit, and give a Doctor Who-esque "This planet is protected" speech, before leading the JSA/JLA heroes against Darkseid.

After that, use whatever maguffin to create Clark's dual identity (hell, they've been using them for 10 years, why stop now?), and re-brand the show as Metropolis season 1, with the same actors, bringing us a proper Superman show.

I'm well aware that it would never happen in a million years. There'd be far too many things getting in the way of making it happen - budget constraints, the alleged fact that Welling won't wear the suit, the difficulty of getting the actors to commit to maybe another 5-10 years of the show if it's successful, the rumours of a Nolan-produced Superman reboot on the big screen... etc

Hell, I can dream, can't I?
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Old May 17 2010, 01:06 AM   #2
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Re: Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 final

I think some of the problems with that is Warner Bros. would probably not allow Smallville to be re-branded as a Superman show -- I think if that were to happen, it would have happened five years ago. WB wants the best of both worlds -- they want their Superman show, but without Superman, and they want their Superman movie franchise, with Superman, because it is more lucrative.

I think so long as WB wishes to continue making Superman movies, Superman on the small screen is going to get short-sighted like it has been for the past ten seasons. Plus, as you mentioned, with the rumblings over a potential new Superman reboot under the guise of Christopher Nolan, I really doubt we'll be seeing Tom Welling don the Superman suit anytime soon. I think WB will try and drain Smallville for all its worth, even with rumors of next season being the last, and basically tease us periodically like they have been doing. I don't see how anything will change.

Basically, I've come to the conclusion that the biggest "reveal" we'll see in terms of actually witnessing Tom Welling as Superman is going to be a really tiny reveal at the very end of the very last episode, and that will be it. I think it will leave fans generally disappointed, and overall honestly will leave fans with a bad taste in their mouths, and an overall bad opinion of the show when all is said and done. I just don't see how things can be rectified or turned around at this point. After ten years, Smallville has fans pretty conditioned to be constantly disappointed.
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Old May 17 2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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Re: Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 final

^ Yeah, I can't disagree with any of that.

It's a shame really, because it'd be great to see a weekly Superman show on TV again. Plus, if I'm honest, I'd be much more interested in a TV show, than another movie at this point.

But, as you say, WB will never allow a TV and a Movie incarnation of the character to exist at the same time, so if they really are pushing for a reboot of the franchise in 2012(?), they'll never go for a weekly show.
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Old May 17 2010, 01:50 AM   #4
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WB wants to fail both ways.
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Old May 17 2010, 01:51 AM   #5
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Re: Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 final

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It's a shame really, because it'd be great to see a weekly Superman show on TV again. Plus, if I'm honest, I'd be much more interested in a TV show, than another movie at this point.
Actually, so am I. As for Welling, if he doesn't want to do it, chuck him and get somebody else. It's not like he's the first guy to play that part anyway. A new Superman show would be a golden opportunity to recast across the board.

Of course, the downside is the producers would probably hire even younger "prettier" actors , and we'd be stuck with a cast who couldn't act their way out of a box.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:01 AM   #6
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I'd accept a re-cast character line-up if it was absolutely necessary to get a proper Superman show off the ground. However, for all Smallville's faults, I have essentially spent 10 years investing in these actors and their interpretation of the characters, so it would be nice to see them taken to the next level.

Besides, I think fandom (or at least Procutus) would explode if anyone ever tried to re-cast Chloe Sullivan.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:07 AM   #7
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Re: Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 final

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I'd accept a re-cast character line-up if it was absolutely necessary to get a proper Superman show off the ground. However, for all Smallville's faults, I have essentially spent 10 years investing in these actors and their interpretation of the characters, so it would be nice to see them taken to the next level.

Besides, I think fandom (or at least Procutus) would explode if anyone ever tried to re-cast Chloe Sullivan.
Oops. I forgot. Mack. We MUST have Mack. I agree completely.

I should be slapped for that.

And Erica Durance. The best thing to happen to Lois Lane since Teri Hatcher. Although, if by some miracle we actually could get Hatcher, to hell with Durance. Either way, I'm having serious drooling problems here.

Okay, bring back Mack and Durance, but ditch Welling and Kruek.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:12 AM   #8
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It's been joked often on the internet that Smallville should have been re-named "Metropolis" by now, seeing as the town of Smallville barely features in it anymore.
On the other hand, I choose to think of the title these days as a reference to Lois's nickname for Clark (which, by the way, this show cribbed from Superman: The Animated Series, just as it cribbed Jimmy's "CK" nickname for Clark from Lois and Clark). So it's not a show about Smallville, Kansas anymore, it's a show about Clark "Smallville" Kent.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:17 AM   #9
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It's been joked often on the internet that Smallville should have been re-named "Metropolis" by now, seeing as the town of Smallville barely features in it anymore.
On the other hand, I choose to think of the title these days as a reference to Lois's nickname for Clark (which, by the way, this show cribbed from Superman: The Animated Series, just as it cribbed Jimmy's "CK" nickname for Clark from Lois and Clark). So it's not a show about Smallville, Kansas anymore, it's a show about Clark "Smallville" Kent.
I suppose I never really thought about it like that. It works in the context of the show as it is, but do you think it would work as the title of a show about Superman, as opposed to what it is now - a show about Clark Kent?
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Old May 17 2010, 02:23 AM   #10
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I think if the show were to be reorganized and rebranded into an outright Superman show, the title would need to be changed accordingly.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:26 AM   #11
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Re: Re-branding Smallville as a Superman show (spoilers up to S9 final

^ That's what I mean. "Smallville" is fine for a show about Clark Kent, but the title of a show about Superman needs a bit more gravitas, or at least be more relevant to the content of the show.

"Metropolis" would be the logical choice if they wanted to keep it tied to Smallville. Hell, I'd be happy if they just called it "Superman".
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I think Metropolis is a sort of blasé title, but I like the simplicity of something like Superman. I don't think we've ever had a Superman TV show with that title.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:34 AM   #13
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What I'd really like to see evolving from this universe is a Justice League show, anchored by Phil Morris.

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I think Metropolis is a sort of blasé title, but I like the simplicity of something like Superman. I don't think we've ever had a Superman TV show with that title.
Actually that was the official title of the 1996 Warner Bros. animated series that's more commonly known as Superman: The Animated Series. It was also the name of the 1988 Ruby-Spears animated series.
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I think Metropolis is a sort of blasé title, but I like the simplicity of something like Superman. I don't think we've ever had a Superman TV show with that title.
It would fit with the current trent for one-word show titles, and (if you go with turning Smallville into a Superman show) with the writers use of one-word episode titles.
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Actually that was the official title of the 1996 Warner Bros. animated series that's more commonly known as Superman: The Animated Series. It was also the name of the 1988 Ruby-Spears animated series.
All right. So we've never had a live-action Superman TV show with that title. Also, from my understanding, we've never had a theatrical version of the character with that one-word title as well (since Donner's movie was called Superman: The Movie, however I am not sure if it was credited during the opening title sequence as just Superman or not).
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