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Smallville: Lex Luthor Will Be Back

Actor delighted to return for the finale

By Chris Beveridge     February 12, 2011
Source: Deadline Hollywood


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After Entertainment Weekly spilled the beans about Michael Rosenbaum not returning for the finale of Smallville, with an unnamed source saying he's done with it, word has come out rather quickly that it's not true and the actor is signed on for the series finale of Smallville to return to the role of Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum left the series back in 2008 to focus on his writing career but has been actively wooed for quite awhile now for a return of some sort in the final season and especially the finale if nothing else. According to Deadline Hollywood, everything got signed on the dotted line on Friday night, possibly spurred on a little more by all the reports that were out there dismaying the fans.

"It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn't be more excited about having Michael back," Smallville executive producers/showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said. "And as far as the way he returns … there'll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent's life. He is the villain of the story."

Rosenbaum himself commented on the deal by saying, "I'm simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is," he said. "I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can't wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again..... Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he's destined to be."

Thanks to HudsonTaco, lusiphurMalachi Garratt, acidsquall73 and PAGE for the submission.


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Duckbeaver 2/12/2011 8:08:32 AM

EPIC.  Aside from Lionel and the Kent parents, Lex was always one of my favorite characters.  Michael's portrayal made me actually like Lex and sympathize with how he could get so screwed up (too curious for his own good, envious of Clark always being the "favored" son, neglectful/malicious father).  It will be awesome to see him back and in full-on villain mode.  Welcome back, Michael.  I, for one, am now looking forward to the end.

CaptAmerica04 2/12/2011 8:32:47 AM

I give Rosenbaum credit for acknowledging his fans and doing a little something for then.  So often you see stars who blow off the fans and the roles that made them big in the first place.  I find it refreshing that Rosenbaum isn't like that.

8man 2/12/2011 9:46:14 AM

Well now....there ya have it!

hanso 2/12/2011 9:52:57 AM

I think some of you guys saying nasty things over on the Lex Won't Be Back thread owe Rosenbaum an apology.  

Wiseguy 2/12/2011 10:33:32 AM

I aopologize for my sarcasm and bitterness on the other thread Michael. This is good news and the only way Smallville woiuld've gotten a proper finale

Good move by him. At worst this'll keep him a wanted property throughout the comic convention tours for years to come and at best maybe it'll make him a wanted property for fututre genre films

freestrike 2/12/2011 10:54:36 AM

Well this relieves some of my fears.  Now if they'll only not wait unitl the last second to show "Superman".  At least give us the fxxxing glasses already! 

Duckbeaver 2/12/2011 10:54:51 AM

EW's "knowledgeable source" was talking out of their ass.  Either that, or Rosenbaum originally said "no" to returning, saw how much online hate he was getting just within a 24-hour period and THEN remembered that he was doing a Smallville convention in Spain a week after the finale and that the situation may be a bit...shall we say...TENSE?  Either way, I'm glad he had a change of heart.  It wouldn't feel like complete closure without him there.

Duckbeaver 2/12/2011 10:57:39 AM

freestrike: check out the promo for next week's show "Masquerade."  I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the end.  It looks like he's starting to put some serious thought into his "Clark Kent" disguise.

millean 2/12/2011 1:12:43 PM

 Coolio.  I'm glad he's back on board!

Glad I didn't say anything the other day that makes me feel foolish today.  :)

PAGE 2/12/2011 1:13:46 PM

I don't apologize. I firmly believe if not for the threads on this site and the others this deal wouldn't have been made. The dotted line was signed Friday night after all after so many his fans and Smallville fans complained. He even said he appreciated the relentless and the threats himself. That tells me we have power here in these threads!

BTW, I am very happy that he is returning as the series would not have had a proper closing without him. So thank you Rosey! We Smallville fans and Superman fans and Lex Luthor fans alike appreciate your gesture for returning for us.

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