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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
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…
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).
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.
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!”
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.