TV Guide: Smallville Up, Up and Away!
Smallville Exclusive: Up, Up and Away!
It’s fitting that when a visitor arrives to the Burnaby, British Columbia, set of Smallville, he’s quickly escorted to the Phantom Zone. The extra-dimensional prison created for planet Krypton’s worst criminals is known for being nearly impossible to escape — a perfect metaphor for the show’s desire to prevent leaks about the plot of the upcoming series finale. After 10 years on the air, there is, to put it mildly, intense anticipation for Clark Kent’s final journey toward becoming Superman, set for May 13. (The last batch of new episodes begins Friday, April 15.) The big question, of course, is “Will he or won’t he?” Will he put on the iconic costume of the comic-book legend? Will he finally learn how to fly? Will he be called Superman?
Tom Welling knows the answers, but after a decade playing pop culture’s most famous secret identity, he’s learned a thing or two about keeping his mouth shut. “This show, to me, has always been about Clark Kent — it hasn’t been about Superman,” he says, while taking a break from filming a Phantom Zone sequence for the April 29 episode. “And it was very important at the end that we make sure that we wrap up the Clark Kent story.”