The fact that Tom Welling will be appearing in the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths‘ crossover event this year on the Arrowverse has made fans very excited ever since the news broke, but now they are even more possibilities for Welling and his character to continue on since Arrowerse executive producer Marc Guggenheim released a statement on Twitter saying they are considering the 11th season of ‘Smallville,’ done as a comic book series after the series finale, “canon” for the crossover event.
You can check out Guggenheim’s Tweet below:
They won’t be directly referenced but we consider the comic to be canon (with one small “off-camera” repurchase of a certain farm). https://t.co/F95dUgUmaX
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) October 4, 2019
The 11th Season of ‘Smallville’ opened up the world in a way that they could not do at the time on television, making for bigger storylines, letting them use more characters (and a lot of characters they were not allowed to use on television, like Batman), and putting Clark in the famous suit front and center, something that Tom Welling did not do during his time as Superman on the series. Not only that, but in the 11th Season Clark and company dealt with their own “Crisis” and Anti-Monitor, meaning that they have experience with the type of situation our heroes in the Arrowverse are about to deal with, meaning they might be the best resource Barry and Oliver have to save the multiverse and not die in the process.
Regardless of story points, it is still just very cool to have Tom Welling joining the Arrowverse crossover, as ‘Smallville’ was the original DC show on the CW (then the WB) that helped show a lot of network execs that people would tune in for superhero programming, and that there were ways of doing it without just staying one-hundred percent true to the comics. As Guggenheim stated when it was announced that Tom Welling was joining the crossover:
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it. So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.”
What are your thoughts about ‘Smallville’ Season 11 being canon for the crossover? Do you think this drops any big hints about what Tom Welling’s role in it all will be? Feel free to share any theories or ideas you might have in the comments below!