In probably the most exciting news of the week, Tom Welling is set to reprise his “Smallville” role of Clark Kent for Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event. That makes a total of three different actors as the Man of Steel in the crossover. It will also mean that we find out what happens to Welling’s Kent in the 8 years since “Smallville” ended.
The crossover EP Mark Guggenheim said in a statement:
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it. So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.”
The five-hour event will also feature Tyler Hoechlin as the Arrowverse’s Superman, and Brandon Routh from DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow”, who famously played the hero in “Superman Returns”.
Per EW, Welling played a young Clark Kent on “Smallville” for 10 seasons, which tracked the Kryptonian’s journey from small-town high school hero to a superhero living in Metropolis — all while avoiding any flights and/or tights. In the series finale, Clark finally donned the cape and tights and took flight to defeat Darkseid and his Apokolips minions, the final season’s big bad.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” kicks off with “Supergirl” on Sunday, Dec. 8, followed by “Batwoman” on Monday, Dec. 9 and “The Flash” on Tuesday, Dec. 10. After the winter hiatus, the crossover resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 14 with “Arrow” at 8 p.m. and concludes with “Legends of Tomorrow” at 9 p.m.