There was a lot of experimentation in the early years of The WB, but the network would eventually find its niche with two shows: Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 1997, which drew the focus toward teen dramas with a supernatural bent, and Smallville in 2001, which revised that formula to promote WB’s lineup of DC superheroes. The WB, and later The CW, have been full of both types of shows ever since.
It’s now been twenty years (yikes) since Smallville first went on the air, and eleven since its cancellation, but the series still draws in an audience through streaming…enough, apparently, that Warner might be considering some kind of follow-up. How do we know? Because Tom Welling let it slip out in, of all places, a Cameo video.
Whoever paid for Welling to give them a personal greeting got more than their money’s worth. “Michael Rosenbaum and I are actually working on an animated series to bring those characters back to life and use as many of the original cast members as possible,” Welling confessed. “Don’t tell anybody though. It’s a secret. We’re still working on it.” Welling may not know how Cameo actually works. Instead of evaporating into the ether, the video was posted on Twitter and spread from there.
That was back in June and neither Welling nor Rosenbaum would confirm what the former had just spilled out. But today the actors confirmed that it is in fact true. In a short interview with IGN, they said a Smallville animated follow-up is in production and it will answer the question of where the characters are now.
“It’s something that we’re passionate about,” said Rosenbaum. “Something we love. Hopefully we’re going to obviously share, with Warner Brothers, when the time is right. And hopefully we’ll be able to work with them. And that’s about all we can say right now.”
I don’t know how they’re planning to handle this, at the moment, but…cutting the Chloe Sullivan character out of this proposed cartoon would be a mistake, in my opinion. Chloe was the most interesting, most fascinating, most well-rounded and three-dimensional character in the entire series. Just because the actress playing her turned out to be a cultist psycho doesn’t mean Chloe should be buried with her. Smallville without Chloe is not Smallville at all. Recast!
We don’t know when you can expect this cartoon (doesn’t sound like it’s happening for a while). But today also happens to be the day Smallville is released on Blu-Ray. So hop into your Yaris and speed to Circuit City while chewing your Stride Gum!