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6 SMALLVILLE Heroes and Villains We Need to See

Season 9 of Smallville Wish List

By Tim Janson     September 24, 2009


6 SMALLVILLE Heroes and Villains We Need to See
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In Season 8 of Smallville, the show featured one of the largest casts of heroes and villains in the show’s history. In addition to the various members of the JLA, we had appearances by The Legion, Maxima, Zatanna, The Persuader, The Toyman and of course, Doomsday. As season 9 approaches we’ve compiled a list of the top heroes and villains we’d like to see make appearances. The producers have already let the cat out of the bag on a few characters we’ll be seeing such as Zod, Metallo and God help us… The Wonder Twins. But we can always hope…
 

Villains

6. Lobo

Clark is already well aware that the universe is filled with all manner of alien life, both good and evil so why should an intergalactic bodyguard be so unusual? Lobo could appear as a human-looking biker, arriving on Earth to track down an alien criminal. It could be your typical enemies first… allies later relationship with Clark.
 

5. Solomon Grundy

Another Season 9 secret revealed is that Geoff Johns is writing an episode featuring the Justice Society. What better villain for Clark to assist the JSA in battling than the near-indestructible walking corpse known as Solomon Grundy. It’s a foe that could allow Clark to really unleash his power on (since he’s already dead).
 

4. Darkseid 

Well why not go all out and include one of DC’s most powerful villains, the ruler of Apokolips: Darkseid. This tyrant and would-be ruler of the universe has been a thorn in Superman’s side for decades. Rather than establishing the entire New Gods mythology, Darkseid could be written with a tie-in to Krypton, perhaps as a rival alien who played a role in the destruction of Clark’s home world. Darkseid would present a powerful and possibly recurring villain for Clark to battle.

 

Heroes

 

3. The Spectre

As mentioned, there will be an episode featuring the Justice Society and it will be the Golden Age team that Geoff Johns is working with. It seems doubtful that they will use Green Lantern with a big screen film on the way in 2011 and confuse the non-comic fans with two versions of the character. Similarly, with Impulse already part of the Smallville mix, it would not seem like another speedster would appear. Likely members to appear would be Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hawkman.and our choice for the hero we’d like to see… The Spectre! In the Smallville universe he need not be an actual spirit, but rather a meta-human whose powers mimic that of a ghost.

 

2. Bruce Wayne

Ok, so no way does DC allow Batman to show up on TV. We get that. But what about alter-ego Bruce Wayne? It’s a natural that two of the oldest and most popular heroes should meet in some fashion, even if it is in their secret identities. Wayne could be a rival to Lexcorp, come to Metropolis on business interests, all the while stories in the Daily Planet talk about a mysterious bat-like vigilante prowling the streets. With their perceptive abilities, the pair could end up well aware that each shares a secret. As Wayne gets into a hot sports car at the end of the episode, Clark comments, “Nice ride!” Wayne replies, “It’s the ‘World’s Finest!”
 

 1. Superman
When Smallville premiered in 2001 its rule was “No tights, no flights.” As season 9 approaches, it’s time to ditch this rule. What exactly is Warner Bros. trying to protect? Superman Returns was a disaster and they can’t seem to decide what to do next with the franchise. The last two seasons of Smallville have had the lowest ratings of the series eight-year run. Clearly the show is on a bit of a decline in terms of viewership. A move to Fridays, traditionally a slower night for ratings, is not likely to help. We believe this will be Smallville’s final season. It’s time to give fans what they want… It’s time for Clark to become Superman. Even if it’s in the last shot, of the series finale, we need to see Clark put on the cape and tights and fly off into the blue skies. We get goose bumps just thinking about it.
 
 

 

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theHeadCase 9/24/2009 2:28:11 AM

Good list. But the previews of the first episodes already show Clark in the black costume. I don't know if they're planning on showing him in the traditional costume but I kinda doubt it, unless it's actually in the series finale. I like the Bruce Wayne idea, I've been waiting for something like that for years.

As for the villains, I don't think we're gonna see a lot of recurring ones unless they're directly related to Zod or Metallo, it being the last season and all.

I've been faithful to the show, but if they really want this last season to successful, they need to do something that hasn't been done since for a while, an all-out brawl vs. someone who's as strong as him. We were promised that last year against Doomsday and all we got was Clark and DD throw each other around for a few seconds. Smallville owes us.

Chopsaki 9/24/2009 2:49:49 AM

Darkside planning an all out invasion of earth & Clark teaming up with Bruce would be sweet, but this is Smallville so it will never happen...

AFWICK14 9/24/2009 7:07:46 AM

Darkside, that what Singer should have done in Superman Returns.  I think that Darkside should be on the movies not on TV as well as Lobo.   Now if the half wit at Warners get someone who could tell the story then it would get Superman back on track

monkeyfoot 9/24/2009 7:09:10 AM

Another great list article! And again - I love the graphics!

The best bets out of them would be Solomon Grundy and The Spectre. They would fit perfectly in the Bizarro Smallville universe. No Lobo, especially with a movie pending. And the same for Bruce Wayne. That just ain't gonna happen.

Darkseid could be done the way you said but the way it would have to be watered down for TV budgets and the show's queer little slice of DC would be seen as sacrilege. Think of it along the same lines of how fanboys are upset with X3 and the Dark Phoenix saga.

If this is really the show's last season they might not get to any of these. But that's a big"If". This show apparently can never die.

lancedenier 9/24/2009 8:00:42 AM

I think they should cast Michael Ironside as Darkseid.  He did the voice for him on the cartoon and does a great job imo.  Pad him up and a good makeup job and he'd be a great Darkseid.

Solomon Grundy should be played by Kane or some other massive pro wrestler.  He doesn't need to do a lot of talking, just be big and pasty.

Not a big Lobo fan.  No thanks.

Stephen McHattie for the Spectre.  Nuff said.

As much as I'd like to see Bruce Wayne in the show, I think his character is best left to the shadows, perhaps hinted at but never actually seen.  Maybe a Bruce Wayne in disguise as a bum checking up on this mysterious red blue blur to see what's what.  Clark finds a note from the Bat telling him that he knows who he is and that he might be calling on him some day or to visit Gotham if he ever needs the world's greatest detective.  There's always the Queen/Luthor/Wayne industries rivalry too.

I agree 100% that the last shot of the show should be Tom Welling in the most recognizable and only allowable three primary color suit in the world, standing on top of the Daily Planet building with a the American Flag flapping behind him.  And then he launches himself off of the roof to fight for truth, justice and the American way.  I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

ChadDerdowski 9/24/2009 8:39:34 AM

Woah, woah, woah!  Hold on now, Tim... no Superboy/Superman/Smallville list of Most Wanted Villains is complete without Titano, the giant ape with Kryptonite vision!  I demand a recount!

littlemikey979 9/24/2009 8:42:52 AM

We all know there will not be the supes suit probably until the late shot of the series, i think the list is awesome. why not hawkman and hawkgirl, i am sure the would be preferred over the wonder twins, i have a bad feeling they will be on the show for some reason. I think if they would give the other heros more screen time it wouldnt be so bad, maybe have clark finally offically join the JLA or something. hope its a great season

lancedenier 9/24/2009 9:40:09 AM

@littlemikey979:  The Wonder Twins are going to be on this year, it's already been announced, and discussed here, very recently.

savagelee 9/24/2009 9:40:11 AM

Speaking as somebody has never and will never watch Smallville (except for occasional 2-minute scans to see what their costumes look like):

Lobo would be awesome. Bring in Ron Perlman fresh off the Sons of Anarchy set, throw some make-up on him, and let him boot some good ol' boys around! 

I actually kind of like that we'll never see Clark in the suit on Smallville. I like the Neo-Matrix look they went for; Clark with a cape should be the LAST shot of the LAST episode. I'd be cool with that.

Matador 9/24/2009 9:54:05 AM

Darksied is way far to strong for the blue boy scout at the moment plus be better on the big screen too. Seeing Solmon Grundy on Smallville would be cool.

Since there having issues with making movies on these two characters why not test them out in Smallville. Wonder Woman & Capt. Marvel whos knows might pick up the ratings.

Here's some villans I noticed that be great for Smallville:

Atlas - Has a crystal which gives him strength to rival Superman is a hero but he really skates the fine line between being a hero and a villain, but he stays on the side of the hero. Atlas, skates that line between hero and villain but he ultimately always falls on the villain side.

Ultra-Humanite - is the first supervillain faced by Superman. He was designed to be the polar opposite of Superman: while Superman is a hero with superhuman strength, Ultra-Humanite is a criminal mastermind who has a crippled body but a highly advanced intellect.

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