Saturday, September 26, 2009

All the Small Things

Magnet # 46: Clark Kent Turning into Superman

Material: Metal, Paper, Mylar Shell

Purchased By: Me

Well, last night, the CW dumped its long-running hit Smallville on what's known as kiss-of-death Friday, because so few people are around to watch it. Quite a few shows have been cancelled because of being placed on this night. They gave newbie The Vampire Diaries its former Thursday slot. I guess we'll now see if Smallville can make it. Tom Welling's Clark Kent is in for his biggest fight yet.

While I've watched Smallville since its debut, it's never been my favorite show. I like it, but for some reason have never become captivated by it as I have other programs like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Supernatural. Every so often, I'll realize how long its been on and I'll be amazed by its staying power. Considering its lost all but two of its original actors, the show certainly has changed. We've seen the addition of a very well-cast Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson and a Green Arrow that is pretty different from his comic book roots to balance out the loss of Lex Luthor and Lana Lang. But I think the quality of the show has held up and it's been fun to see the Lois and Clark tension.

If Smallville is cancelled because of the CW's lousy move, I vote for it to be moved onto the big screen, just as Star Trek: The Next Generation was. I know, there was that Superman Returns movie back in 2006 and they keep saying there's a sequel coming from that, but nothing concrete has happened yet. So why not loose Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth, whose respective performances as Clark and Lois were dull and almost completely lifeless? Replace them with Welling and Erica Durance, who give spot-on performances of these beloved characters. And while I love Kevin Spacey in films like L.A. Confidential and The Ref, he really isn't perfect to play Lex Luthor. Luthor is both a physical and a mental threat, which Michael Rosenbaum did an excellent job displaying on Smallville - he would have to come back if that film were ever made. Sure, people thought for awhile it was Warner Brother's intention to spin-off Smallville to the big screen before Superman Returns began production, but why not at least consider it now. With the possibility of a Smallville cancellation becoming ever more likely and a Superman Returns sequel lost in limbo, it might be the best big screen move Warner Brothers can made regarding DC's flagship superhero.

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