Tom Welling refused Superman suit in Smallville finale

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

It's hard to believe Smallville wrapped up over six years ago, with a finale that gave some fans everything they ever wanted, but left others feeling like there should've been more.

What divided fans was the iconic Superman suit. Young Clark Kent spent the whole series building up to becoming the Man of Steel and it was in the last moments we see him wearing the red and blue under his shirt, before cutting to a long distance CGI shot of Supes in flight.

The show's lead star, Tom Welling, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about that scene, and how he fought strongly to have it that way.

"Our series finale was supposed to be, in the first act, Clark puts on the suit and flies around, saves Lois on a plane, and does this other stuff," he said.

"It was a call that I had with the head of Warner Bros. Television. I said, 'That's not our show, just think about what we've been doing. If we just jump into that, we haven't earned it.'"

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"At the end of the show," he continued, "the idea is that Clark becomes Superman and he's out there, and we know he's out there, but we can't go with him, but that we know and we feel good that he's out there doing good.

"That was what we strove for, and I think we hit it. I liked the ending of the series, because it's like, 'Yes, he did it!'

"I hope the audience didn't feel like we didn't show them something that they needed to see. I felt like we gave them the jumping off point for their imagination as to what could happen."

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Welling recently revealed there was some talk about him appearing in the Supergirl TV series, but explained that the tone of the shows were too different.

Instead, Welling will soon be seen in Lucifer season three as police lieutenant Marcus Pierce, which is still a DC project.

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