Every superhero has a beginning…
Before he was Superman, he was just a young man with extraordinary abilities.
Before he was Superman, he was just a boy with extraordinary abilities.
The Superman you couldn’t know–until now.
After the 15th episode of Season 10 airs, Smallville will take the crown (and the Guinness World Record) for being the longest consecutively running Sci-Fi television serial of all time (10 years without a break). “Stargate SG-1” (1997) holds that title with 213 episodes, which Smallville will supersede by 5 episodes by the end of Season 10 (it’s final season). Doctor Who however holds the record for the longest running Sci-Fi show in the world, running from 1963 to 2010, with another series starting in 2011, totalling over 700 episodes.
Jensen Ackles (played Alec on Dark Angel) was second choice to play Clark Kent. If Tom Welling had not accepted the part, the role would have gone to him.
Note: In season four, Ackles joined the cast of “Smallville” to play ‘Jason Teague’ (Lana’s love interest)
Milo Ventimiglia, before scoring his role on Gilmore Girls, auditioned for Smallville. Although the role went to Tom Welling, the producers liked him so much they gave him the role of Jess [Gilmore Girls].
In the comic books, Lana Lang is the one with the secret crush on Clark Kent.
Chloe and Whitney were created specifically for the show (they were never mentioned in the Superman comics).
Cynthia Ettinger was originally cast as Martha Kent in the pilot episode. Before the pilot was broadcast, the role was re-cast with Annette O’Toole and her scenes were edited into the existing footage.
Annette O’Toole, who plays Mrs. Kent, also appeared in Superman III (1983) as Lana Lang.
Clark consistently wears red and/or blue clothing, the same livery he will eventually wear as Superman.
Lex Luther’s mansion is the same mansion used in X-2 (X-Men 2).
Errors in geography: Although set in the state of Kansas, we often see the mountains of Vancouver (its actual filming location) appearing in the background of exterior shots.
A sequence in Hourglass showing Lex Luthor as President of the United States was filmed on the set of “The West Wing”.
The pilot episode shows Chloe handing Pete Ross a wad of cash. Most likely an in-joke from the Canadian production crew, if you look carefully, you can see a Canadian $5 bill sticking out of it.
The number on Clark’s Jersey in episode 3 (Hothead) is 89. This is also the year, according to the pilot, that he crashed to Earth from Krypton.
The spaceship reappers differntly in season two than what was show from the pilot episode. The spaceship (season two) has the hole for the octogonal piece and an small golden cupule, but in the first spaceship it had no cupule.
In the pilot episode the Kent’s mail box is different from the one that appears the rest of the seasons.
At the beginning of the episode “Nicodemus”, Jonathan Kent is listening to the theme song from “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979). John Schneider, who plays Mr. Kent, also played Bo Duke.
Kristin Kreuk had a stunt double in Nicodemus. Yes it is true, it was not Kristin in the Pool doing those wonderful stunts. The Stunt work was done by Marny Eng a Vancouver-based stunt performer and stunt co-ordinator.
Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) is no stranger to the world of superheroes. He has repeatedly lent his voice talents to the animated series “Batman Beyond” (1999) and is also the voice of the Flash in the animated series “Justice League.” (2001).
The climax of first season episode “Stray” (episode #16) was shot on location in a bowling alley in Richmond, BC, Canada. Coincidentally, the bowling alley in question is named “Lois Lanes”, also the name of Clark Kent’s future love interest.
At the charity party the end of “Fever” Pete hands Clark a CD and tells him it’s the Talon mix. If you look closely you’ll see that it is actually the soundtrack to the series.
We find out in season three on “Delete” (3:11), that in fact Lois Lane is Chloe’s cousin.
According to Martha, Clark’s first word was “Lara”, the name of his Kryptonian Biological mother as revealed in “Memoria”.
The Smallville High Student Newspaper that Clark and Chloe write for is named for Glenville High School’s Student Newspaper “The Torch” which Superman creator Jerry Siegel wrote for when he was a student there.
The sound effect used for the sound of Kryptonite radiating is the same as the one used in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993).
The name of one of the Kryptonian baddies from season 5 is named Nam-Ek, the same name of the race of aliens come to earth (the race of aliens that Piccolo hails from) in the anime Dragonball Z. Nam-Ek is also the name of one of the Phantom Zone criminals in the DC Comics Superman titles, first appearing in Superman #282 (December 1974).
Kristen Bell auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
Although he plays the lead character, Tom Welling has admitted in interviews that he is not a fan of the Superman comic books.
‘Michael Rosenbaum’ starred in Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). In the film, Rosenbaum’s character was a witness in the prosecution of Kevin Spacey’s character. Both Spacey and Rosenbaum have portrayed legendary comic book super villain, Lex Luthor.
Tom Welling is two years older than Brandon Routh who played the adult version of Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
In almost all the episodes the title of the episode is said somewhere in the show.
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