Smallville was a great show, and I loved all ten seasons of it when it aired on the CW. It was a different take on Superman, as the entire series focused on Clark figuring out what type of hero he was going to be. The iconic royal blue suit with emblazoned red S only showed up on the show in the final episode’s last seconds, and many fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth. It was always assumed that the producer’s were the ones who made the call, considering it remained steadfast throughout ten years. It turns out, however, that it was Superman actor Tom Welling himself who made the call.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Welling revealed that the decision to shelve the suit was decided before the pilot was even shot.
“It was something that we discussed before we ever shot the pilot with [creators] Al [Gough] and Miles [Millar]. We literally had a sit down where we talked about the show and I asked about the suit and the tights and the flying, and they said, ‘No, absolutely not,’ part of the reason being is that show is about a teenager trying to figure out who he is. They felt that once Clark put on the cape and the suit, life became too easy, in a sense. They wanted to focus on who this character was before that.”
That last episode was pretty great in terms of the entire series, but it wasn’t always supposed to be the way it was. Originally, it was supposed to show Welling changing into the outfit at the onset of the episode, then fly around and save people. Welling had a change of heart, and made a phone call he said:
“It was a call that I had with Peter Roth, who is the head of Warner Bros. Television, who’s a good friend of mine and we have a great relationship. I said, ‘That’s not our show, Peter.’ He’s like, ‘No, it’s going to be great,” and I go, ‘Yeah, but just think about what we’ve been doing. If we just jump into that, we haven’t earned it.’”
Welling continued and spoke about the current Supergirl series as well. You can read the entire interview here. It’s a pretty good read, and discusses his upcoming role on FOX’s Lucifer.