With plenty of fan-favorite moments in the epic CW TV event Crisis On Infinite Earths, there was one thing that left viewers puzzled. While traveling to different Earths to stop the Anti-Monitor, we go to Smallville, where we catch up with Tom Welling’s version of Superman, except this version is missing the iconic powers of the Man of Steel.
Speaking with Fake Nerd Podcast, executive producer Marc Guggenheim broke down the inspiration for that, calling it an homage to 1980’s Superman II:
“We discussed a nod to, believe it or not, Superman II,” Marc Guggenheim tells Fake Nerd Podcast. “It wasn’t relevant to the story that we were telling in terms of getting into the specifics of it, and there are certain things that I believe are best left for the fans to discuss and debate.”
The showrunner adds, “I don’t believe in giving the fans the entire picture all the time. But the idea that Clark would give up his powers in order to have this kind of life, that really resonated with all of us, and I think it really resonated with Tom [Welling]. It just makes sense.”
Guggenheim did want Smallville fans to know that their beloved version of the character still had a heroic time as Superman, though.
“It was one of the reasons why it was so important for us to show you those Daily Planet articles that Lois wrote. We very much wanted to tell the audience that the promise of Smallville was, ‘He’s going to become Superman.’ We wanted to make it very clear that that did happen, that he did become Superman, that he did have all these adventures, but they are left to your imagination,” says Guggenheim of Tom Welling’s Superman adventures.
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