Smallville at Comic Con: Squeal Before Zod -- and Tom!
We tweeted some of the fun facts from the Smallville panel, but that doesn't give you any idea of the full madness. First off, the line for the panel started at 2:30 a.m. Second, when we got to the con at 9 a.m., the line for the panel had closed, and the line to get in the line was also closed. After begging, pleading, calling in favors favors, and praying to the gods of TV, we made it into the room -- and boy, are we glad we did!
Firs up, we got a fabulous sneak peak at the upcoming season, which featured an amazing shot of Clark all in black, on a rooftop, with a black Superman S on his chest. Squeee! Second, the entire cast was in San Diego -- yes, even Tom Welling, who hit Comic Con for the very first time. And the fans definitely appreciated it -- especially one fan, who, when she got to the front of the line, asked the following question: "Can you tell me the most interesting thing that's happened to you on set... and can you make it kind of long so you can keep looking at me? " Hah! Tom obliged, and you could hear the fan hyperventilating.
There's plenty more... after the break! (And yes, we'll be talking about mild spoilers revealed during the panel. Don't click if you don't want to know!)
Let's talk about the revelations about the new season first:
- Geoff Johns, the comic book wunderkind who wrote last season's Legion episode, will be writing a Justice Society episode this season.
- Wondering when Clark Kent is going to fly? The producers swear they'll address that int he season premiere. Hmmm.
- Erica Durance is booked for 18 episodes this season.
- Allison will be directing one episode this season -- and Tom will be directing two.
- In addition to Metallo (Brian Austin Green, whoo!), we'll see the return of the Toyman, plus comic book villain Roulette.
- Ollie will not be having a good time of things -- in the first eight episodes, we'll see him hit bottom. And Chloe and Clark? They won't be doing so great either.
- The writers are exploring a Green Arrow sidekick story as we speak.
- Yes, Jimmy is really dead. Sorry.
And then there were all the fantastic moments of the actors and fans just having fun:
- Moderator Jeph Loeb -- yes, the same Jeph Loeb who used to be a writer/producer on the series -- introduced British actor (and new Big Bad portrayer) Callum Blue, and asked him to break out the Voice of Zod: "Could you give them just a little more of the voice? The fangirls are dying." "It's all an act," Callum said. "I'm actually from Texas."
- Callum almost botched his audition -- he didn't know he was reading for Zod, and when he found out, he got kind of freaked out by the magnitude of the part. "I kind of fell apart, which is not really Zodlike." Luckily, he got the part anyway!
- Tom really doesn't like talking about himself. A fan asked what personal experiences he brings to the part, and Allison Mack quipped "Tom's one of the most private people I know, so I'd really like to hear the answer to that!" Nice try, everyone -- Tom said it's more his professional life than personal life that influences his character.
- A fan asked Cassidy Freeman how she was similar to Tess Mercer. She's not, she says -- and people who meet her remark on that: "'You're so bubbly and, like, not evil and angry,' they say, and I say, 'Why think you, but you don't really know me.'" Hee!
- A fan dressed in a full-on Superman costume asked what was up with the black-on-black insignia Clark sported during the clip, and wondered when we'd see him in the iconic costume. "Tom, just so you know, spandex is actually pretty comfortable," he said reassuringly.
- A fan asked about the Chlark 'ship. It's sailed, Allison Mack said, in so many words. Besides, Chloe is so busy being Watchtower that she doesn't really have time for love interests in the beginning of the season, she said. But she did look intrigued when the fan suggested Chloe and Ollie might be good togehter.
- A fan asked if the show would move from Vancouver to someplace sunnier -- say, San Diego? "Do you have a specific address in mind?" Jeph quipped. The fan started rattling off her house number. Hah!
Those are the highlights -- what do you think? Were you there at the con? What was your fondest memory of the Smallville panel, and the rest of the convention? Talk about it in the comments!