We’re solely two nights in, and but “Disaster on Infinite Earths,” the five-night DCTV crossover occasion at the moment airing on The CW, has already given us appearances from Batman’s Alexander Knox, Titans’ Robin and Hawk, a red-and-green-hued Burt Ward, a grizzled Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne and a grieving Superman performed by Brandon Routh. But, there’s one nostalgic visitor look that has managed to stoke pleasure and hypothesis amongst followers because it was introduced—buzz that, if something, has solely elevated since final night time.
We’re speaking, after all, in regards to the Tom Welling and Erica Durance Smallville reunion on final night time’s Batwoman. Happening over a short, however completely essential, scene that additionally featured Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor, the second gave followers a glimpse of Clark and Lois’ life after Smallville’s 2011 sequence finale and even supplied some shocking character growth for the beloved model of the enduring couple.
“We had conversations about how you can finest see Tom Welling once more,” shares Batwoman Government Producer Caroline Dries. “We knew that we actually wished Brandon Routh as Clark Kent within the Each day Planet. I believe the Tom Welling that all of us form of image once we consider him as Clark is on the farm, so it made sense. And the farm continues to be there. Tom was joking when he was there, saying issues like, ‘Look, that cow acknowledges me!’”
It’s fairly wonderful how, eight years later, Welling nonetheless exudes the heat and down-to-earth heroism that we affiliate with pre-Superman Clark Kent. Whereas followers can and do debate the definitive stay motion Man of Metal, its fairly simple to make the case that Welling stays the definitive Smallville-era Clark.
“I really feel like each observe, even Tom’s little facial expressions (throughout his “Disaster” look) when he says, ‘Nonetheless stronger!’ are nice,” says Marc Guggenheim, who served as showrunner for the “Disaster on Infinite Earths” crossover.
In fact, the massive twist in final night time’s scene was the invention that Clark had purposely misplaced his powers, selecting to as an alternative dedicate his life to elevating his two youngsters alongside Lois. It’s in some ways a daring inventive selection, however one which Welling himself appeared fairly proud of. In truth, it appears to the very factor that obtained him to return to the position.
“Truthfully, he was terrific,” reveals Guggenheim. “We obtained on the cellphone with him and principally pitched him all the pieces. The scene was already achieved, so we simply emailed it to him, and he principally stated to me, I really like this. You guys have principally written the one scene that I am unable to say no to.’”
If followers nonetheless query the selection, notice that there is a inventive cause for it as properly, but it surely’ll take time for that to turn into clear. And whereas there are not any introduced plans for Welling or Durance to return once more to the roles of Clark and Lois, the door does stay open to it throughout the Arrowverse, particularly now that we all know Smallville exists throughout the DC Multiverse and occupies its personal necessary, distinct place.
“All of it felt like ten years in the past, in a really smart way,” shares Dries. “To us, it simply felt like that is his pure setting the place we might see him.”
The five-part “Disaster on Infinite Earths” crossover occasion continues tonight at 8/7c on The Flash. The ultimate two components will air in January on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.