Tom Welling To Reprise Smallville’s Clark Kent In Arrowverse’s ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’
Arrowverse’s ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is already set to rope in as many DC-related alumni as possible, and now they have another. Tom Welling, who played Clark Kent on ‘Smallville’, is going to be reprising the role for the crossover event.
As you may already know, the crossover gets its name from a major DC comic book event written in the 80s by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez. The storyline had a massive impact on the entire DC Universe, as it collapses the multiverse, unifying all the Earths onto a single plane of existence. ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ will span five episodes from ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’, and the new ‘Batwoman’ series.
Welling will be the third confirmed Clark Kent to join the show, joining the previously announced ‘Legends’ Ray Palmer/The Atom, Brandon Routh, who last donned the blue, red, and yellow spandex for the film ‘Superman Returns’, and the Arrowverse’s current Superman, Tyler Hoechlin. What isn’t totally clear is whether we will actually see Welling wear the iconic outfit, something he never really got to do in the original run of ‘Smallville’, or if he will just appear as a version of his mild-mannered alter ego.
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville,” commented ‘Arrow’ co-creator Marc Guggenheim. “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.”
Along with all the main players from the five Arrowverse shows, they have also confirmed the ‘Black Lightning’ cast will join in the fun. Other guest spots include legendary ‘Batman’ voice actor Kevin Conroy finally getting to play the role in live-action, Elizabeth Tulloch reprising her role as Lois Lane, along with Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, LaMonica Garrett as the Monitor/Anti-Monitor, and John Wesley Shipp who will reprise his role as the original 90’s tv show Barry Allen and Arrowverse’s Jay Garrick. They have even roped in original ‘Batman ’66’ Robin actor Burt Ward, although it is not clear who he will be playing. ‘The Flash’s “man of many Wells” Tom Cavanagh is also taking on yet another role as Pariah, whose unorthodox experiments to view the creation of the universe result in the Anti-Monitor, and launch the Crisis event. I’m sure there will be a few more surprises in store along the way!
‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ are all set to premiere in Autumn 2019 on Sky One in the UK (‘Legends of Tomorrow’ doesn’t air until 2020 in the US, so will be later here too.) What is unclear is the status of the ‘Batwoman’, as Sky has yet to confirm a pick-up, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.
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