Smallville is a superhero television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and based on the DC Comics character Superman. The series follows Clark Kent as he struggles to find his place in the world, while trying to balance his alien powers and typical troubles of teenage life. The show ran from 2001 to 2011, which made it the longest-running DC Comics TV show. A decade later in 2021, Tom Welling, the star of the show, revealed that the Smallville animated series is now being developed with its original creators.
Even though animated series was not yet formally announced, Welling and Erica Durance, who played his love interest Lois Lane, recently appeared on Smallville panel at Fan Expo Vancouver, where they’ve shared some updates on the project. Welling expressed his hopes for the upcoming series, including wish to reunite former cast member who would all ideally borrow their voices for the animated version of their characters:
We’re working on animated series that picks up right after our Smallville [Season 10] and, again, telling our own story and our vision is that we get Erica… It might be tough to get Allison … But even Sam Jones III [who played Pete Ross] and Lionel Luthor is going to be a big part of that. John Glover wants to do it, we’ve already been into this. We’ve already gotten animation, we just don’t have the stories yet because Al and Miles are busy doing Tim Burton-like movies. As soon as they are done with that, we’re going to do this. I want to be Clark’s voice, I want Erica to be Lois’ voice, that’s going to be the fun of it. I think there’s a story that Al and Miles are going to tell that’s individual and new and call it a Multiverse thing. But let’s see where it goes, and it’ll be fun so yeah.”
Smallville has already returned since its series finale in a form of comic book series Smallville: Season 11 which continued the story of Clark Kent after the 10th season. Welling and Durance also appeared in second hour of the Arrowverse “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, in which it was revealed that Cark retired from his superhero life, decided to give up his powers and raise his daughters instead.