With the last season of Smallville off to a rollicking good start, we snatched up the chance to sit down with Smallville long-time executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. While they were a touch shy about spilling the Kryptonite on this season’s surprises, we never-the-less used our super strength to investigate the return of former cast members and historic episode 200 (set to air October 15th).
It seems this season will be strewn with super heroes and villains from across the galaxy. Giving Kal-El a run for his money, Laura Vandervoort returns in brilliant blue and red style as Supergirl in episode 3, airing October 8th.
The Flickcast: Can you tell us about any plans to bring back favorite cast members from past seasons?
Brian Peterson: Having Annette O’Toole back as Martha Kent and Michael McKean as Perry White- we worked all season to get that to happen. It was fantastic, they were so great, it was such a great episode.
We’d like to, it’s hard because all of these actors, it’s not always up to us, like they have TV shows and careers and theater. You know Glover, we would love to have John Glover back and that man is on Broadway from the beginning of the year until the end of the year.
So, that’s our goal, absolutely, to try to get people like Perry, and Martha Kent, and Lionel Luther back, or at least maybe an appearance.
FC: Last season, Smallville‘s epic episode entitled, “Absolute Justice”, featured the monumental members of the Justice Society. Any talk of a Justice Society spin-off series? Will any members of the Justice Society be making future appearances this season?
BP: I know people are so excited about that and right now, to my knowledge, there are not (spin-off series). I think there’s always opportunities.
But as far as episodes, we’re definitely going to have some of the Justice Leaguers and Justice Society people back in the show for sure (check out episode 2). But as far as a spin-off, I wish that was something I could see into the future and know, but I don’t know.
FC: Elise Gatien played a spunky Speedy/Mia Dearden last season. Any plans to bring her back as Green Arrow’s sidekick?
BP: I will say, we wanted to go and promised that we would go in a couple directions with Speedy. But we literally, by the end of this season couldn’t fit it in. So we would love to explore that territory again. I don’t know that it will happen, but we would love to.
FC: Birds of Prey is one of my favorite comic book series. Will Birds of Prey ever be mentioned on Smallville and/or will the Black Canary make a repeat appearance?
BP: Well, obviously there’s kind of a final beat with Black Canary and the Green Arrow that we would love to kind of hit. But a lot of that again, you know Alaina (Huffman) is on a show and has a lot going on. So we would love to explore that, I tell you, if I had all the power to do it, I’d want them to do it.
FC: I know a lot of people miss Lana Lang, any word on if Kristin Kreuk be coming back?
BP: We would love to have Kristin back but like a lot of the other actors she’s very busy. So we have some thoughts, the door’s open, we would love to have her back. Right now, that hasn’t happened or worked out. But we want her back, we love her, we love Kristin.
FC: It is a superhuman feat anytime a TV show makes it to episode 200. Can you share any details on this upcoming event airing on October 15th?
BP: It’s going to be really fun. Kelly (Souders) and I wrote it and it’s kind of the touchstone of what we’re dong for the bigger scene this year. We explore the past, the present, and a little bit of the future. So, we get to kind of touch on some memories and some nostalgia.
But as soon as we do that, we kind of explode into some things that nobody’s ever seen on the show. There’s a couple epic moments that’s also really fun and romantic. I really don’t think people will be disappointed- I’m hoping.
FC: James Marsters rocked it in the role of ultimate baddie, Brainiac in season 8. Will he be leaving the 31st century anytime soon?
Kelly Souders: Yeah, he will actually be in the 200th episode. He’ll be coming back as Brainiac 5… So it will be kind of a, sort of an old villain and a new villain all in one. It’s hard to explain. It’s really cool.
There were things that we really wanted to encapsulate it the 200th. And we literally, we’re sitting around for days going, OK how can you get all these pieces together?
Then suddenly Brainiac 5 was a topic and then everything fell into place. Literally in one day the whole thing, the rest of it broke- it was really amazing. So, stay tuned.
Thanks Kelly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. So although there’s few definite answers, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson have given us something Superman symbolizes the most- hope.
Stay glued to The Flickcast as we continue to unravel Smallville’s epic mythology and talk to more super cast members.