Michael Rosenbaum Provides Yet Another Update on ‘The Smallville’ Animated Sequel: “It’s Gonna Take Time”

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Superman stands out as one of the most frequently reimagined superheroes across different media platforms. From animated series to live-action productions, the array of adaptations offers abundant entertainment options. Among these, ‘Smallville’ stands as a notable project—a live-action TV series that captivated audiences from 2002 to 2011, wrapping up after an impressive 10-season run.

For many fans, ‘Smallville’ remains memorable for its portrayal of a young Superman, expertly embodied by Tom Welling, and his formidable adversary, Lex Luthor, skillfully brought to life by Michael Rosenbaum.

This year marks the 13th anniversary since the conclusion of the show, and during this time, both Rosenbaum and the original creators have remained active. Over the past few years, they’ve been diligently crafting an animated continuation of the series—a sequel to the beloved ‘Smallville.’ Rosenbaum recently provided an update to fans, confirming that the project is actively in development. He expressed confidence in the team assembled but indicated that they are waiting for the opportune moment to pitch it to Warner Bros.

In his latest interview with ComicBook, Rosenbaum unveiled that their efforts extend beyond conceptualization, with some preliminary animation already underway. They’re strategically awaiting the perfect moment to unveil their progress to the world.

Tom and I are working on a Smallville animated series that we’re trying to get made. It’s gonna take time. But the creators of Smallville are attached, they want to be a part of it. And we, you know, when it’s the right time, we’ll pitch it. You know, we’re working on it and we have some loose animation that we’ve worked [on] with someone who was just awesome. It looks great. So if we can get that made, that’d be awesome.

Rosenbaum’s assessment is accurate: the timing for pitching such a project couldn’t be worse. James Gunn already has a packed schedule with numerous upcoming DCU projects, most of which are still in the early stages of development, with only a handful fully realized or in production. Additionally, there’s the recent cancellation of a competing ‘Superman’ series. Warner Bros. scrapped it to avoid competition with the forthcoming ‘Superman’ slated for release in 2025. This refers to ‘Superman & Lois,’ a CW series centered on Superman’s family life, which will conclude after its fourth season this year.

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