Smallville Exclusive! Michael Rosenbaum Back for Series Finale: 'I'm Doing It For the Fans'

The small-screen Superman mythos just breathed an enormous sigh of relief.

After nearly a year of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, Michael Rosenbaum has inked a deal to reprise his role as Smallville‘s Lex Luthor in the two-hour season finale airing May 13, TVLine has learned.

“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” Rosenbaum tells TVLine exclusively. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha.”

The actor continues, “I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.”

Executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson say of Rosenbaum’s encore, “It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited. And as far as the way he returns… there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

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Rosenbaum’s return was considered by many to be the missing piece of the show’s 10th final run, which has welcomed back alums such as John Schneider and Annette O’Toole (as Jonathan and Martha Kent) and John Glover (Lionel Luthor), and later this season Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl) and Callum Blue (Zod).

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But having Lex back in the flesh — given the series’ wrap-up and a season-long storyline strongly hinting at the supervillain’s return — seemed almost imperative. At the time that Smallville‘s final season was announced, series star/exec producer Tom Welling expressed that he would “definitely” like to have Rosenbaum back, saying, “With Clark propelled into being Superman, how do you do it without a Lex Luthor? That just doesn’t make sense to me.”


Rosenbaum last appeared on Smallville in May 2008, for the Season 7 finale. Prior to his encore as Lex, he next can be seen in a recurring role on the Fox comedy Breaking In, which premieres April 6.

Smallville fans, does it make it a bit easier to bid the show farewell knowing that the finale will feature what is sure to be an iconic showdown?

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  1. tjj50 says:

    FINALLY!!! All is as it should be!

    • Lyndsay says:

      TOTALLY EXCITED!! yesssssssssssssssssssssssssss
      Now I hope Lana comes back too!!!

      • Jose says:

        Come on Lana ?
        does anyone really know the full story of Superman ?
        Lana was history in his life and I honestly do not recall Lois knowing his identity except in that last movie that was done.
        Now there is talk of another Superman movie and again a different character.

        • Mark says:

          Lois has known who Clark is since 1991. They’ve been married in the comics for damn near 20 years.

        • Mike says:

          Lois has known his identity for many, many years. He revealed it to her before they ever got married and they have been married since the 90’s.

        • Kenya says:

          Completely disappointed in the upcoming Superman movie and it hasn’t even come out yet. They should have left that Brandon Roth guy (sp?) remain. I think he did an excellent job. Now they definitely needed a new Lois though. I don’t think I’ll be itching to see this movie once it finally hits theaters :-/

          • Ruben says:

            So true Kenya. I was sold on Brandon Routh; to me he filled in the boots left by the true Superman, Christopher Reeve. His protrayal as both Clark and Superman was nothing but a solid performance and was never once dissapointed by him or Kevin Spacey. What did really got to me was the awful actress for Lois Lane, the over abundance of CGI, the repeated storyline about land and super bast**d. That was why I won’t attend this movie at all during it’s first opening weeks.

            Maybe when it hits the dollar cinema, perhaps then.

          • Josh says:

            Brandon Routh or whatever his name is….was HORRIBLE in that movie, the only good actor in that movie was Kevin Spacey. All in all that Superman Returns was a huge let down. I would say it sucked worse than Superman and the Quest for Peace.

          • Betennant says:

            After Dean Cain left the tv series Superman, it was a big letdown. I never felt the same about Superman again until the show “Smallville” came out. I even liked Smallville better since it started with the young man and his growing up with his co-stars.I don’t know if I will watch a new Superman movie or not.It also took me a long time to get over the tv show Superman and that Dean Cain and the whole show was just gone.I’ve watched Smallville since the beginning and if TW isn’t going to be TW it’s again another disappointment. Smallville was one of the few shows I watched because it was good vs evil. If a new movie has a whole new story I don’t know that I will see it either. Just another set up for a let down. And they know it because there was a survey on FB or it’s advertisers because it popped up and Tom welling was a choice you could pick out of other stars about how would be best for the movie, Superman..

          • Zor-El of Argo says:

            Brandon Routh is a fine actor, but I am glad he is not playing Superman again. Any director who uses him as Superman is just trying to recreate the Christopher Reeve run. But there is only one Chris Reeve, Routh was a decent imitation, but still just an imitation. Instead of trying to bring back the Reeve movies, which at this point are dated, Snyder needs to put a 21st Century Superman on the big screen. Casting Cavill is, to me, a sign that this is exactly what he is attempting. I hope it’s brilliant!

          • Sean runner says:

            I hear they were upset with that guy because he apparently did gay porn

          • Marangely says:

            Really, Really

            The all movie of superman returns sucks first they pick the wrong superman it should have been Tom Welling he was so good for that role and Lois lane suck too because they should have pick somebody else and then the stupid plot of the husband or boyfriend whatever he was and superman as the ex so disapointing when do you saw a comic book or a cartoon that Lois lane has another man than superman nowhere because it doesn’t exist they should change all the movie except kevin spacey he did a good role.

          • mrknowldge says:

            I think its absurd to not want to watch a movie based on the lead. Have you ever thought that before the great Christopher Reeves was casted as Superman he was Virtually NOBODY! You can’t call yourself a fan of Superman if you base the character on the actor who will portray him. I don’t know much about Henry Cavill but I do know he was chosen for the first remake and Kevin Spacey was great as Luthor! Plus this new film will have a much better Producer and Director so That IS what Counts! I can’t wait for the new one no matter whether good or bad!

        • Esaul says:

          They’re actually HAS to be another Superman movie in 2011, or a legal issue where the court says a certain family can sue WB or something like that, I don’t remember the full story.

          • Kris says:

            Yeah it has something to do with the rights to the Superman franchise. After 2011, the rights expire so if the film is released next year the family who owns the rights can sue Warner Brothers. I think that’s why Smallville can’t go another season.

          • Zor-El of Argo says:

            The movie doesn’t have to be released this year, it just has to be in production. Smallville isn’t going another season because it is time for that story to end. I hope to see Superman back on the small screen before to long, but the story of Clark’s coming of age has been told. It is time to move forward or just move on.

          • dawn o says:

            you peaple who our happy about mr coming back are the same ones who will hate him when lex at end will use grannygoodness to mindwipe lois he will take lois’s love away from clark watch and see MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW.

        • Mitch Woodard says:

          Lois found out about Superman/Clark’s ID back in 1980, 31 yrs ago, in Superman II…she nearly guessed it 2 yrs before that, @ the end of Superman the Movie.

        • Cris says:

          in the comic book, clark reveals his true identity to lois

        • Lisa says:

          Yes, and it is a FOREIGNER playing our AMERICAN ICON! The Brit that played on the Tudors! I won’t go. The fact that they couldn’t pick an AMERICAN ( let alone they didn’t take Tom Welling and after Chris Reeves handed the cape down to him)! I won’t go see it or buy it, used, new blu-ray or otherwise! It is about time we Americans stopped accepting IMPORTS!

          • irerancincpkc says:

            Come on, we are all in this world together. They picked who they thought would be the BEST Superman, and you’ll telling us even if he does an amazing job, just because he isn’t American you won’t watch it? I hope you’re joking…

          • Cafe_Rene says:

            you americans are so self centred, and superman wasnt even american , the guy is an alien for christs sake. you yanks need to get your head out of your asses

          • Lorna says:

            Country of origin doesn’t matter to the actor. Vivian Leigh wasn’t American and I can not picture anyone else as Scarlett O’Hara. And Bridget Jones, a British character was portrayed by a girl from Texas.

            Now for the character of Superman. He was raised in Kansas and America was/is is adopted home which makes him an American. After all he fights for truth, justice, and the American way. All Americans with the exception of the Native Americans were all once aliens from other lands. So perhaps someone should get his own head out of his bum.

          • Anthony says:

            For all you worldly people bashing her…I have one thing to say. Why Don’t we have an American playing James Bond? Why not an American Doctor? It can’t be one way. Super Man may not be “Captain America”, but he is considered an American Hero.

          • Kraken Attack says:

            Tom Welling is Canadian, he is imported.

          • CanadianTom says:

            Brosnan – Irish, Connery – Scottish, Lazenby – Australian, Dalton – Welsh. A lot of non-English Bonds.

          • anita hermalin says:

            you are so so right.
            as a Supeman fan from the late 1950’s – I agree that Brandon did a great job- so does Tom.

          • Gayle says:

            I agree Lisa. They should’ve had Tom Welling play the role. He’s done such a great job playing him thus far on Smallville. I would’ve loved to see him on the Big Screen again.

          • Tbro says:

            Superman was created by 2 Canadians…. And how is a Brit a Foreigner? Did you forget where we all came from?

          • dmenace4life says:

            Truth, Justice, and the AMERICAN WAY!

          • Jezzabell says:

            The reason they got a British actor for the role in the new film is because an American actor wouldn’t do half as good a job as a Brit.

          • Josh says:

            I couldn’t agree with you more. They should have handed the part to Tom Welling.

          • dave cassidy says:

            im a scotsman and i dont care where the guy is from as long as he is the right man for the job and it is a tough job to do with so many of us critic’s

          • wasabi says:

            @Tbro: Superman was created by an American (Jerry Seigel) from Cleveland, Ohio, and his Canadian friend (Joe Shuster), who grew up in Cleveland.

          • Scalpunter says:

            Tom Welling and Erica Durance should have been offered the roles of Clark/”Supes,” and Lois in the upcoming Superman flick. Now they are going to inflict that British guy on us. An American actor for an American movie character! I probably won’t even bother to see this movie!

          • james chapman. says:

            So you think superman is just an american icon do you. It would be alot better if he is a british actor, superman wasn’t american you know! infact americans seem to play the part of nearly every super hero movie its about time we had a british actoer coz ther last TWO superman films played by an american SUCKED.

          • George says:

            The hilarity of it all is that all of American superheroe icons are being played by actors not from the US. This includes Batman, the new Spiderman and now the new Superman. But who cares, it is all about the best casting. And besides, the new Superman is way hotter than Brandon or Tom.

          • Raedon says:

            Kraken Attack: Tom Welling is not Canadian, unless he changed his citizenship.

          • Raedon says:

            Kracken Attack: When did tom Welling become a Canadian? He was born in America (NY).

          • JujuicyFruit says:

            Really?? Superman is an illegal alien…he’s from Krypton. He landed in a cornfield and I didn’t see any of his parents in any of the productions file for citizenship status. I’m perturbed they couldn’t find an alien to play him…maybe they wouldn’t have had to CGI or green screen the super abilities.

            Okay, sarcasm off. I think great actors are actors who can transcend borders. Who cares if they are not from Kansas? Can they ACT like they are from Kansas? Remember the day when Caucasians played Asians…not at all convincing; but if you could find one that could, I’d be all for it!

          • my name is Judge says:

            Tom Welling is from New York…born in the USA….not even close to being Canadian.

          • tw4superman says:

            No kidding and not only is he a brit he’s also short n skinny wtf? The guy is gonna look like a tea sipping shrimp. They should call the movie “Snyderman: shrimp of steel” oh and he also likes to hang out with gay guys, and is rumored to be on the closet… I refuse to go watch a short skinny gay brit playing superman…. people boycott this movie.

          • quesera says:

            It was created by a canadian…so maybe Superman belongs to everyone, not just americans.

          • mark says:

            americans are imports stupid. so unless you want a native american to play clark, shut it. besides kal-el is from krypton not nj so get a friggin chill pill with all that american crap. what are you irish, german, swede? like seriously who gives a grap. humans are humans and people are people. it is people like you who ruin americas name with other countries and show our unfounded arrogance and lack of respect. people like you make me not proud to be an american. jeez i cant wait to leave the country and get rid of arrogant a$$holes like you

          • Iain klar says:

            Jesus, its just a movie, surely stoyline is the most important. As for the comment by Lisa – “Superman is a foreigner” Don’t get me wrong but I think you will find that most Americans are of English/Irish decendant. Besides if he was played by an American he would end up doing a bit of “friendly fire”. You Americans are good at that. Look what happended to the British hostage, blown up by an american rescuing her… dooh rescue fail.

            Besides where does it state that Superman should be an American, he was from Krypton not Kansas.. dumb ass.

          • Eduardo says:

            Lisa: You are an arrogant and ignorant A$$, unless you are a native american, you and your family ARE IMPORTS.

        • hendashow says:

          I know the history..and yes lois did know of his identity depending on which story arc in the comics you read.

        • Johnny says:

          The movies are not the full story by any means at all.

        • dawn o says:

          a writer for the show AL SEPTIEN and he is a EP as well has tweet’d on his tweeter that clark and lois will not get a wedding this year because they wan’t to focous on the luthors in the last eps so all you who wanted a wedding sorry not going to happen.can you say mindwipe for lois and lex.

        • richard says:

          in the history of comic adventures there have been many different versions of a certain story. this is just another one of those variations. one that i totally approve of.

          that being said there are other versions of the comic where not only did clark and lois get married but she had long hippy hair and had kids.

          wouldn’t it be awesome if the end shot of the series was the opening shot of the first movie. you, where is shows him in the first time in the suit in the fortress flying away.

        • Ted says:

          Actually, the first Superman (DC Comics golden age version from Action Comics #1 in 1939) married Lois Lane in 1953 – 2 years after the Justice Society of America disbanded. That same year he is promoted to editor of the Daily Star (NOT Planet) over Perry White.

          The second Superman (silver age version) didn’t appear in DC comics until about 20 years later – and was a founding member of the Justice League of America. The silver age Superman first worked for the Daily Planet but Perry White was promoted to editor over Clark Kent. When Morgan Edge purchased the Daily Planet, he moved Clark from the Planet to being anchorman for WGBS news. The silver age Superman never married his Lois.

          I think the third incarnation of Superman (created by the reboot of the DC Universe during the 1985/6 Crisis) eventually married his Lois – but I lost interest in the comics after the Crisis did away with the Multiverse so I can’t say for sure.

        • Lyndsay says:

          I agree. I saw the clip for it :(

        • Jax-Ur says:

          Think of smallville as being a re-imagining and stop relating it to whatever happens in the comic books and or movies. I hate Lana though and would rather she didnt come back.

      • David wielochowski says:

        Bring back lana lane she is and will always be the true love of clark kent, they both are soul mates.

        • Mark says:

          They were never soul mates. Lois and Clark are. I’m not quite sure why you’d think Lana and Clark are when in every iteration of Superman he ends up with Lois.

          • tavare hill says:

            Lana is just a friend of Clark. They had a fling but that was it. Smallville drugged the relationship out longer than it was. You cannot take a comic book and make it a direct clone on tv. There must be changes. Like Pete was a small character in superman’s history and there was no chloe. He was friends with Lex but after a accident he lost his hair and his memories of Smallville. In the superman serials Lex was introduced as a scientist ( I think his name was atom man — he had an invention that would shrink people down to the size of atoms)

          • Kris says:

            In all fairness, the show did spend 7 years focusing on the Lana/Clark love story. How can you not expect fans to get attached to a couple they’ve loved for 7 years? Lois and CLark ended up together because that’s what happens in the comics but for many fans, including myself, Lana/Clark were THE Smallville couple.

        • Gabe says:

          It’s Lana Lang.. Not Lane

        • celeste says:

          NOT!!!!!!! LOIS LANE

        • Lynn says:

          Clark and Lana are NOT soulmates, oye vey people

          Glad he’s returning. People who spewed hate at him should be deeply ashamed, I’m still disgusted by it cause it is people now excited by it who did it.

          • Mikey M says:

            Who made you a judge of everyone?

            Ashamed? Get a life.

          • dawn o says:

            come dumb dumb’s you can’t see this is stuiped of these peaple who done this interview just 2 days ago they said he was not coming back and now they say he is and it just happen a day ago when they have stuff from brain and kelly and i really don’t they got this stuff from TPTB one day ago very bad of TV LINE they just wanted to say fu to the fans.
            ps-this is to you brain peterson why don’t you fricken man up tell us that you are going to mindwipe lois and that’s way you wan’t say eney thing about a wedding grow a pair and tell the truth.

        • Rose says:

          Lana was nothing but a drag on Clark , always miserable , always moaning and groaning about “feelings ” her personality was a complete downer, Lois is a helpmate , can hold her own with the best ( or the worst ) of them , backs down from noone and is the best woman he could have to live the life he is destined to live with him , she has substance , not just a pretty face ( altho she is that ) they are a fantastic couple ( if it were real) and he has the right woman at his side .

          • kerrey says:

            i do totally agree, smallville got alot better when lana went out of it, she moaned on constantly and instead of the program telling us the full stories behind ck it mostly focussed on her mardy arse moaning on every single thing, i do think lois is supermans true love, and soul mate, lana was a stop gap teenage crush nothing more, we all have them before the real thing turns up, lol, as for the new movie, its a shame they are not using the man from superman returns he was very good, and filled christopher reeves boots well, but i am a true superman fan and will love it no matter what, altho i wish smallville would just keep going and going and going, i love it, and will always think its the best, tom welling you rock as THE BEST ck/superman xxx

          • dawn o says:

            well they lied to us about mr coming back 2 days ago do really think they would’n lie to us about lana coming back they just don’t wan’t to lose all the clois fans and al said clana would have a happy ending this year so kk will be back to watch.

          • JimC says:

            Agreed. They stretched the Clark-Lana thing way past any discernable limits…almost to the point of causing a lifelong Superman fan like myself to turn away. I did hang though…and was repaid by the show improving greatly when she left. The terrific casting of Erica Durance as Lois who plays so well off Tom Welling’s Clark was a Godsend. I for one will be sorry to see the show go. Here’s hoping they put together a made-for-TV movie down the line…they could call it Metropolis. I’d be all-in for that!!

        • Kenya says:

          Are you forgetting that Lana is now poisonous to Clark? And Lois always was and always will be his match/equal/soulmate! Lana was just a filler until the real thing came along.

          • yesssss says:

            “Lana is poisonous to Clark” HAHAHA. That will never cease to be funny to me, because it is so completely true. The metaphorical was made literal. Lana has been poison to Clark from the very beginning. Like anti-freeze to kids, she was pretty and tasted good, but she was killing him!

        • dboy says:

          David are u fkn retarded? LANA???

        • Mike says:

          Its Lana Lang Not Lana Lane she is not family to Lois Lane and no she should not be back she was just a high school sweetheart not a superhero.

        • Lyndsay says:

          I liked Lana and Clark together but I’m a fan of Kristin. So That could have something to do with it! LOL

      • Alex Drake says:

        I’m sorry but Kristin Kreuk is confirmed to not be coming back. :(

      • myol says:

        yah micheal they really are excited for sure i can honestly say that as 1 of the millions of millions smallville fanboys out there i heard rumors at first that you weren’t coming but im glad to here that was just here say thank you so much for making the fans happy and coming back one more time! i cant wait to see the clark /lex show down!!

      • madonna laidler says:

        it would be nice to see lana and pete for the season finale too

      • rasyarini says:

        i hope lana comes back too! It’s really fair n excited story.
        Please lana, back!

    • Char says:

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay Michael!!! We will support your career and watch your upcoming ventures after Smallville!! It was necessary to have you in the finale, you have to know that… you were there in the beginning, the very beginning… it wouldn’t be complete without YOU personally, no one else could bring Lex to life, like you have on the small screen. Wishing you every success!!! :o) Thank you for caving ♥

    • Jennifer says:

      Oh so he went from putting his fans down because they kept bugging him to re praise the role that MADE Him. And Now He’s doing it For the fans….I bet. Either way YAY!!!

      • Alex says:

        You need to understand that people just wouldn’t leave him alone. It’s not at all unusual for fans to be crazy, i actually think he probably did receive some threats. He wanted to move on and work on other projects but people probably kept hounding him. It’s not like he ever stopped respecting smallville, he was on the show for like 7 years, he just wanted a change. The fact that he’s willing to come back for the finale proves he cares.

    • Zmster says:

      Yes!Yes!Yes! Thank you Mr Rosenbaum! MR is the best Lex ever.

    • Michael sewell says:

      I can’t wait I own seasons 1 through 8 haven’t seen 9 or 10 and I just found out Michael rosenbaum is returning what a great finish this is the way great things are suppose to be I can’t wait to watch the last two seasons plus I made many fine ass women watch smallville and they love lex aka Michael rosenbaum lol pimp never believe it makes me sick In a way

    • Keagan says:

      It will be great to see Michael Rosenbaum back!!! The last couple seasons haven’t been the same without him, and I think the show has really suffered. He’s an incredible actor and his character really made things exciting and interesting.

      • Shelley says:

        Michael it is so good to have you back. The show hasn’t been the same without you. You are such an integral part of the storyline that I can’t imagine an ending without you. Those last few years without you have not been nearly as interesting nor have I watched it near as much. It turned into the Lois and Clark romance show and she may be hot but she’s annoying at times. Always has been in every Superman. She has too much ego for a mere mortal and the whole her dad was a general thing doesn’t always make a princess tough, just makes them a princess. I know this will bug people but there, I said it, she may be hot, but her trying to act superhuman and be a woman with absolutely no fear just erks me. She does have the best Superman as a boyfriend tho. And Lex, sorry to hear you got so bugged. No one should get bugged for doing a job even if you put yourself out there because being an actor, its not yourself out there, its the actor. Your personal life should be yours and all actors should have the same dignity. Where would we be without you people? You are the escapism we need and you do a service to us all. Keep up the good work Michael.
        A fan.

        • Eddie says:

          First off, you say that Lois’ character is annoying because “she has too much ego”? How can you say that, especially given the fact that she is playing a journalist. I mean, have you ever watched the news, or is your TV set to Smallville? There ARE women like this in the news, but more shockingly, in the world. Intelligent. Strong-willed. Empowered.

          Second, she’s over-egotsitical “for mere mortals”? Who the hell are you, using a phrase like that in such a sentence? That was overkill. Two reasons that makes no sense: A.) It makes you sound like you regard your own existence as being of higher importance than everyone else. Hate to break it to you, but besides the person on here who decided to school you, no one cares about you in the real world. See a psychologist. B.) Do you even know what you just said with that word choice? You literally said, “She has too much ego for – someone who is nothing more than something that can die-.” The only argument you MIGHT have for using that phrase is on plants, and really not even much so then. You are not a poet; you are not a god in an ancient myth. So chill.

          Third, you, yourself, JUST said that being an army brat sometimes makes a person “a princess”. On the flip side of that (going with what you’ve jsut said), sometimes it doesn’t. So why focus on a weaker Lois when you can get a stronger one. The reason I love this show is because it portrays woman in such good light. Lois, Chloe, Tess, and Kara are all strong characters. Martha not so much, but she was the “motherly” character anyway. Not saying that mother’s can’t be strong, but on TV you can’t sell everything. For example, I didn’t buy her role as the Red Queen. Lana was similar. Weak. Whimpery. Notice, though, that as soon as Lois showed up, Lana started getting tougher. She was kickin ass by the time she revisited for those few episodes. That whole marriage to Lex was just a stepping stone to get her from point A to point B. How else would it have happend? She already had experience with loss.

          Lastly, you say that a woman with tough skin is hard to believe, but everything else on this show is? Again, see a psychologist.

          I agree with you on everything else though.

          Much love!

          • Ashley says:

            I completely agree with what you said about how women are portrayed on this show. I have always loved Lois’ feisty character. I also think that Erica Durance is the best Lois we have seen yet.

    • Clark says:

      FYI – Entertainment Weekly (who screwed this story up yesterday), posted this story about a half hour ago, calling it a scoop. I didn’t even see where this site was credited (other than my comment on their link).

      Kudos to your team for snagging this and lighting up the Facebook posts like a pinball machine!

      Now…is it too much to hope for Clark in the Super Suit and Lex in the Battle Suit? Yeah, mebbe so…

    • Danny N. says:

      This show has been apart of my life for the past ten years I’m so oooooooooooo happy that michael is coming back….For he is my ideal villain and tom is my ideal man of steel all me and my family ever spoke about since he left was the return of the original four in one room for at least the last for shows

      • John says:

        i agree. been watching every episode for the past ten years and it keeps getting better and better. now being 25 years old and being a big smallville/superman fan as it is i know the finale will bring tears to my eyes because this show is a part of my life and it will feel like a piece of me is leaving forever. smallville really brought out the characters and explored the real beginning of superman. something the movies never taught us. hopefully the next superman movie will try to do the same thing.

    • Tess says:

      I wouldn’t be a finale without Michael Rosenbaum. That guy is hilarious, he makes me actually almost like the character Lex! I actually do think they should bring Lana back, just because it felt so unfinished between her and Lois, aswell as Clark.. sort of. She should at least be at the wedding! It’d be interesting to see Lois and Lana in the same room.. and they better not just make Chloe dissapear.. i want them to turn her into one of the comic book characters who’s really unexplored.. don’t know if there is anybody like that but it’d be cool if she turned out to actually have a role in the mythology!

    • Folabi says:

      Glad Lex is coming back, but what about Lana or even Pete? I completely disagrre with the matchmaking of Lois and Clark in Smallville in Smallville. Looking at all nine series over and over again; there was never a spark between them except the imposition by the series lazy writers. If Smallville dares to be different from every other super heroes seroes that’s been written it shouldn’t end with Lois and Clark i mean come on people there is no speak between this except the writers, directors and networks imposition. To make matters worse, do they really have to spoil Lana with Chloe telling Lois “Lets just say Lana coudn’t make the right sacrifice or she just wasn’t right for him” Thats harsh and a bit unprofessional from the writers.

      • Lorna says:

        the actor that played Pete is in jail for selling drugs, so I don’t think he’s available at the present time.

        As for Lana, it’s been Lois since the 1930’s. No way were they going to pick Lana with so many vocal comic book fans. You may get your wish with the new Superman movie as I have read that Lois isn’t going to be the love interest.

      • dawn o says:

        this news should make all you lois hatters happy because lois has not been in eney scenes with the luthors and scince lex will have more scenes with clark and tess. lois will be sideline’d for them so you all have nothen to bash lois for and i am sure brain and kelly the TPTB will push lois to the side for the luthors so now you evil peaple can be happy so just shut up now please.

    • cant belive michael rosenbaum is back, the best lex ever!!!! sad its coming to end they should have made a movie what top class actors,gonna miss this so much.

    • Folabi says:

      Lois is completely wrong for Clark if the series ends this well. To KERRREY Its the producers who tried to make we the viewers hate Lana by portraying Lana like that. From all indications she’s always been self sufficient and Those of u against Lana shouldn’t even support Lois and Clark alliance at all, if u remember when Oliver was inroduced Lois broke up with him because “Oliver’s destiny is far greater than hers and she also wants him to herself and not have to share him with the rest of the world and cos she’ll never measure up” So do u think Clark’s destiny is lesser compared to Oliver’s?Why would the producers now enforce LOis & Clark on us? Its best if the show ends with Clarek ending up with someone else other than Lois or Lana; Or He marries Lois now and she dies say thirty years later and Lana comes back into the picture since she has same power has he does it’ll be a perfect match made on EarthKryp or Krypearth cos by then she would have found a way to control her meteor level so as not to affect Clark and would have even Rrid the earth of every Green meteor rock so that people would not use it against Clark. The show could aso have a happier ending if it ends with Clark and Lois raising a child from Lana and Clark; if u recall the adventures of superman with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher they got a boy and a note for them to raise him, what if that baby now should be as a result of Lana and Clark’s last lovemaking before the suit started affecting her?

      • Michael says:

        Wow. This piece of news has sure brought all the Clana nuts back out of the woodwork…..even though it’s irrelevant to this scoop. Just like The Lana is at this stage of the mythology. Anyway, really excited to have all the characters that really matter, Clark, Lois and Lex, back for the finale. Should be awesome.

      • Helen says:

        So you’re saying the writers ruined the character, but…the writers CREATED the character (not the idea of Lana, but this re-imagined Lana.) Everything they write, she IS. Maybe its time to accept who Lana is instead of who you wish she was. Besides, she is not integral to the story anymore. Lex IS, and has been all season. The entire season has been building to Lex’s return – and of course Clark becoming Superman finally. There you have it – Clark’s ultimate evil, Clark’s true love, and Clark becoming Superman. The perfect way to end Smallville’s ten year run.

        Your point about Lois and Oliver: true, she did say she didn’t want to share him with the world, but have you ever heard of character development? Perhaps it was the writers inconsistency (completely possible) or perhaps Lois’ character has evolved over the course of the series. And let’s not forget, it was OLIVER. She has repeatedly brushed him off after wards simply because she didn’t want him. For Clark, she is wiling to share him because she loves him – or at least that is how I see it.

        I doubt the series will end the way you want, but you can always write fanfiction about it.

    • cameron shaffer says:

      O MY GOD i literally covered my mouth and my eyes and couldn’t breath for second. i dont care what happens in the finale now because i KNOW it will be good and the show will end in a complete way the bast way it could. if we see lex beat the crap out of clark in the super suit while wearing lex is wearing his kryponite ring OR kryponite iron knuckles it will be so fricking amazing

    • Michael says:

      Finally! All is right with the world! The greatest Superman show of all time will end the way it is supposed to: Supes and Lex squaring off!

    • Dan says:

      I wonder if we’re getting him for the 2 hour finale or just the last hour? Since the last 2 episodes are being jumbled together, the series ‘finale’ airs at 9pm so they might just have Rosenbaum in that episode… or sneaking in the last few minutes of the one before. It’d be pretty sweet if he was in the ENTIRE two episodes to “make up” for those two episodes that got skipped out in season 7 due to the writers strike. Ah well, at least we’re getting one.

    • Ian Markey says:

      wish smallville could run another 10. i never was bored watching any episode..

    • Marvista6 says:

      From the original comic books (Golden Age) Lois finally found out who Superman was and they also got married. Clark (with grey temples no less) became editor of the Daily Planet. During the 60’s and beyond we had Superboy stories, think Smallville in the 80’s Clark was a TV News Anchor. In the 90’s Superman was KILLED and REBORN.
      All the heroes that have been on Smallville Superman did not know until after he reveled himself as SUPERMAN. All of Superman’s great loves have had the IL’s of L.L. and there are but 3 in all. But Lois is THE ONE

    • Frank says:

      “YES” Man the wife and I are so stoked. Yes as a man i miss Lana, she means to me what clark mean to the wife, but from an acting point Rosenbaum is the sh^%. I have read the comics for over 30years and there has never been a better Lex Luthor! Thanks for shaving your head one last time for us Mike, you da man.

    • Kim Waring says:

      YES!!!! Thank You, thank you, thank you……. Michael you are the best. I was soooo afraid you weren’t going to come back this season. You are Lex Luthor and no one could play hin but YOU!!!!! This will be the best final season……. all because of you!!!!!! Thank You.

    • Josh says:


    • Rhonda Hooker says:

      Thank you soooo much! I’ve waited for this news to come for some time. For really, what would make clark all the good that his is without evil to fight. And who would portray that evil any better then the best lex I’ve ever seen! Thank you Michael, thank you.

    • Mary Henry says:

      I am really upset that Tom Welling will not be in the next movie. I do not know what the powers that be could be thinking casting another actor other than Tom Welling. Smallville has been a tremendous success for 10 years and Tom Welling is a major reason for the success. We fans were hoping to see him on the big screen doing what he does best. The last superman movie was a failure probably due to the writing not the actor, but Tom has a great following as the other cast members. Do the powers that be not understand that they would make more money, buy having Tom in on the big screen would inspire more Superman movies,like Chris Reeve did, they keep using unknown actors and it does not build a legend like he did and that Tom could for years to come.Most of us will not go to the next movie because it is a kind of betrayal to the constant of Tom’s earned legend. Do they not understand having the same actor in the Superman movies,again like Chris Reeve,was the reason of the success of his movies? It is a tragedy that Tom Welling will not be on the big screen because a generation has seen him as Clark Kent, and lets face it,there is not a man on earth who looks like Tom Welling,let alone his extrodinary acting ability. The writers in Vancouver would do a better job as well. It’s too bad that a 2 hour movie with a different actor has not established the history of Smallville has, and that history would draw in more movie viewers than a different actor and hisory. Just look at the original Star Trek Movies with William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy, that was a dynasty that Smallville has already created on screen, and let alone the money that a new Superman movie (Metropolis} could pull in if they could pull in Allison Mack,Justin Hartley, and Erica Durance. I mean, who are these uninsightful people trying to make movies without imagination and insight into people who want consistant heroes. I guess thats why TV is more interesting than spending money going to the movies, I just listen to reviews and watch the shows on tv that I like, giving the movie theaters LESS MONEY. Well it’s out of my hands, unless the movie studios want a consult, which is unlikely. Mary Henry

      • Ms B says:

        I’m late with this response….but I couldn’t agree with you more. Tom Welling is a “protoge'” in my opinon of Christopher Reeve. No one in our lifetime could ever come that close to being the part of Smallville/Superman. It’s like the manuscript was excluseviley written just for him. He owns the character and pulls it off without a “hitch”. I truly will miss him as the actor and Smallville period. Television doesn’t have the same “salt” as it used to when I was growing up…they cancel good family shows to put on shows that are not funny….not meaningful and plain stupid. It isn’t even worth turning on the tv set any more…

    • mallory says:

      thank god he’s coming back for the finale…the show wasn’t the same without the original and BEST Lex Luther…..and although Lana was a major character for a long time, she shouldn’t come back because in the original comic she was just his high school girlfriend who dies early on…..she should have died in the show but i guess her leaving and never coming back is an alternative to her death. Lois is really the main love interest throughout the majority of the whole Superman story. She is the one he ends up marrying after all…XD

  2. Clotho says:

    Yea, I’m not thrilled with this. Too much pandering and begging on the part of the show over the years, has just made me more and more not interested in Michael returning. The show was better off without him.

    • L says:


    • cameron shaffer says:

      you fricking suck just go to hell and be greatful. it is amazing Michael rosenbaum is returning

    • Surfer127 says:

      I too was sort of turned off by all of the begging that went into getting Rosembaum to return. Actually, I was both surprised and confused about his refusal to return to the role that, well, MADE HIS CAREER. If he doesn’t want to come back as a regular that’s fine, but not even a guest appearance, what the hell was up with that (maybe he didn’t want to shave his head and wait for his hair to grow back out again)? But I must take issue with the idea that the show was better off without him, Lex’s tragic downfall (it really was presented in the form of a classic greek tragedy) was one of the most compelling elements of the show, after he left it just wasn’t the same.

  3. Casey says:

    YAAAAAAAAAY! Best Smallville news since the news of Callum Blue returning! I’m super excited for this! :D :D :D I love you, Michael Rosenbaum! <3

  4. Josh says:

    Wouldn’t be a REAL Finale without him.

  5. Michelle says:

    THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. sammy8a says:

    so amazing!!! Thanks so much for the amazing news!!!

  7. kristina says:

    Ho.Ly.Crap. This is great! I can here the fans world wide!

  8. Patrick McCauley says:

    Great news! So glad he decided to do this!

  9. Steph says:

    I’m very excited about this.. After tonight and Alexander being found by Lionel an all the drama surrounding the cloned Lex. I’m very excited to see the real Lex return and fight Clark.. It’s what fans who have seen all 200+ episodes will be excited about, and the ending we will want to have to watch over and over again for years to come. VIA our DVD players.

  10. Ryan says:

    This made my year. Thank you, Michael.

  11. Cody says:

    This is awesome news! I’m going to be sad to see Smallville go, but with MR being in the finale, I know it will have a great send off.

  12. Zod says:

    *waits for all the fans that were bashing him earlier to suddenly start proclaiming how awesome he is*

  13. Matt says:

    Thank you! Major sigh of relief! This will make the finale that much more epic!

  14. Robert says:


  15. daxam says:

    Does it make it easier to say goodbye to Smallville?

    NO! Absolutely not! Never!

    But it will be good to have him back.

  16. jake says:

    The best news of the day!!!
    I was just so pissed about the negative of MR about coming back to SV but this is much more than an apology to all the fans including me!
    Now I’m sure we will see a EPIC and LEGENDAY Finale!! I’m so happy!

  17. Susan says:

    Yes!!! I’m SO excited!!!! It wouldn’t be a real series finale without him!

  18. Danielle says:


  19. GT says:

    Michael, thank you. Thank you.

  20. John says:

    Thankfully Smallville can now go out on a high note with the return of the one true Lex Luther, Micheal Rosenbaum. I can hardly wait to see the finale, but will be sad to see it go.

  21. N says:

    So glad! I was hoping he’d return, and almost lost all hope since I’d heard nothing until now.

  22. Ken says:

    It would be nice to see Lana have a few scenes in the last few episodes.I miss seeing Kristen on the show.

  23. dg7 says:

    hes perfect for lex anyways nd hopefully lana lang comes back for at least couple episodes =]

  24. @fmaranda says:

    WOW, great, good, awesome news!!! I can’t wait, geez, I’m gonna cry so much on the season finale.

  25. Smash says:

    I really wish I could LOVE this show as I love almost all things Superman. But whenever I watch it, I can’t help but be embarrassed for the actors. Surely they have better things to do with their time. Case in point: this whole vigilante registration nonsense is tired and cliched.

  26. Louise says:

    Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou!!It couldnt have ended without you :-)

  27. èvelyne bigot says:

    pleins de bisous,de nice,Mickael,une grande fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Taliesin Lawrence says:

    This… I don’t want to say goodbye to the show that has been a friend since elementary school, but if I must it is best done with Lex Luthor behind the evil wheel. To be honest, I didn’t know if I’d could finish the show, but now I think I can. Thanks, Mr. Rosenbaum.

  29. Vanessa says:

    I’m so happy I’m crying

  30. joy hudson says:

    smallville…great show,love it. love having them all back! hope more of the crew come back for the finale…hope it doesn’t quite end yet..

  31. Val says:

    Im so excited! THANK YOU Michael! THANK YOUU
    The show will now finally be what it should be :)

  32. Ash says:

    I know my uncle (who’s been a die-hard Smallville fan from the beginning) is going to be sad that it’s ending, but he’ll be VERY glad that Lex is coming back and in full badass form!

  33. Regina says:

    This is the best news!!! Thank you, Michael Rosenbaum!!! Now the series can go out with a bang!

  34. Amber says:

    EW posted a story yesterday that Michael had “put the show behind him” and I had just about given up all hope. I am beyond excited. While I haven’t been a fan of the VRA storyline this season, I think having Lex back will be an excellent way to end the series. This is fantastic!!

  35. hepkat says:

    i expected and hoped for this Micheal Rosenbaum is personally one of my favorite actors to portray LL and he always did it so well glad to see his return even if it is for the end lol

  36. Jamie says:

    Yes!!! Thank you so much Michael!!! You are a gentleman and a scholar! Bring on this epic finale now that we have Lex!

  37. Lilli says:

    Me encanta smallville es muy bueno entretiene mucho

  38. Josh says:

    Glad to have him back, but NOT looking forward to seeing him on screen, because that will mean that “Smallville” will be over forever at the end of that episode. :(

  39. terri says:

    YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!! Now it feels totally complete.

  40. Oz says:


  41. mrswinchester24 says:

    YES! So happy! I’m so glad he’s coming back, and I have just given up hope! You rock Michael Rosenbaum!

  42. Jen says:

    This is horrible. I was hoping Michael Rosenbaum would hold out and stay away from this crappy show. Now he’s coming back to be beaten up and tortured and called names some more. The one thing that would make me forgive him is if Lex kicks some ass, kills Clark, whom I loathe like poison, burns down the entire village of Smallville, salts the ground, wipes his hands and goes off to have a happy life.

    • Jessica Valure says:

      keep dreaming thats not going to happen. Clark will be the one living happily ever after not Lex. Clark Kent and superman is awsome your crazy

      • Jen says:

        The Clark on this show is a hypocritical, lying, abusive, mindwiping scumbag. And yeah, I know Clark is the one going to be living happily ever after, because people keep coming back from the future to tell him that so he can get up his courage to turn into a ‘hero’. Who ever heard of any real hero who needed people to show him his future life will be happy? How awesome is that? You’re the one who is crazy.

        • chattypatra says:

          Jen, if the show is so “crappy” and Clark such a “scumbag” then, why do you watch? Use the remote control and don’t torture yourself.

          • Jen says:

            As I’ve said before on this forum and others, what shows I watch, why I watch them, AND what my opinion is of those shows, is entirely my own business. Everyone in the world doesn’t have to agree with your assessment of things. We’re all entitled to our own opinions of things like TV shows.

            Why do I care about the portrayal of Clark Kent on Smallville? Because Superman was my favourite comic book character when I was a girl, and because I loved him in the movies and on Lois & Clark. And this show turned him into that lying, mindwiping scumbag, so I’m pissed off.

        • Kdude says:

          All I read was that you’re watching the show. lol you know more than somebody who hasn’t been watching it.

          • Another Jen says:

            You don’t have to watch to hear your friends talk about the show or spoilers. Logical thinking, go!

        • Another Jen says:

          I love this comment SO SO MUCH. Preach it sister!

        • Mike Tabor says:

          Even though I like Clark , I understand what you mean. If he’d been honest with Lex (who was supposed to be his best friend!) early on , Lex would have stayed a good guy , become even closer to the Kents to where they’d have treated him like family (like in the Christmas ep in season 5)and been the best protection Clark could have ever had! The incredible things they could have accomplished together! Either way , I look at this show as a huge Elseworld’s tale , and it’s been entertaining , off and on for 10 years. I’m glad Rosenbaum is coming back to be the one , true Lex.

          • Jimmy says:

            @Mike Yeah,sure..the things they could have accomplished together!Like rulling the world,walking like gods among men..those were the Lex’s words at the end of season 7 finale! He lied to Lex because he fallowed the right instinct about him and his power hungry character!

        • Jimmy says:

          What do you mean mindwiping,in those movies you so love he was lying and using a mindwiping kiss,then when he needed someone to talk to like in the fourth movie,admited to being Superman,had a heartfelt talk with Lois and then wipped her mind again with a kiss!And he already was Superman,not a boy becoming Superman..then just say what you really mean,you hate the lying,manipulative character of Superman,don’t lie to yourself.

          • dawn o says:

            don’t worry bud they will mindwipe lex and lois at the end cause i am dawn o and i will put VD on and move the last eps 1 or 2 weeks away watch.MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW

          • Jen says:

            Fine. You are right. I hate the lying, mindwiping character of Superman. I’d forgotten those incidents in the movies, because they were so long ago, and Superman on Lois & Clark never did those things. I don’t remember him being such a scumbag in the comics, either, but maybe that’s just me forgetting again.

    • cameron shaffer says:

      o my god your awesome :) lex is my absolute favorite smallville charactor

  43. Katie palmer says:

    I can’t wait to see season ten I am sad that it is the end though I wish smallville was not ending

  44. Jessica Valure says:

    I’m glad he’s coming back but it doesn’t make it any easier knowing that one of my favorite shows of all time is coming to an end that sucks, only good part is I own every season of smallville so i can watch it over and over again sad to see it go but what a ride it was to watch Clark Kent’s younger years and he’s destiny to be superman

  45. Silvia says:


  46. Michael Rauser says:

    YES! I love You, Michael Rosenbaum, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!
    I am so excited

  47. Jeremy says:

    I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I kind of thought it was gonna happen.. but then a few days ago I read online that he turned it down which scared me.. but now I’m happy!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  48. Stephanie says:

    Looks like the peer pressured got to MR.
    First he has no want to go back now he can’t wait to hug the old crew. Eh.
    I’m really excited Lex will be back regardless but I can’t help but have a bitter taste about it all.

    • chattypatra says:

      Exactly. It somehow feels anti-climatic after so much begging by so many people.

      • dawn o says:

        this news did not happen over night it has been in place for a long time at comic con ed said she would not do a movie with out tom welling and in a interview just 3 weeks she said she would not do a movie with out tw or mr so she new he was coming back 3 weeks ago.

  49. Rob says: