Well, this is a bit timely, given our earlier report about Superman’s age in the new reboot movie. E Online says that SMALLVILLE producers say… that the possibility of an 11 season isn’t totally out of the question. And I suppose that really shouldn’t be too surprising. The show’s getting good reviews and good ratings. Why end the party while the music's still loud, the dance floor's still packed and there's still plenty of punch?
Here’s what the showrunner, Brian Peterson, said to this effect…
"I can't say it's the first time the words season 11 have creeped up this year… As we've been pushing that it's the final season of Smallville, I think it's the final season of Smallville. We don't know [of any] plans, but we never bet against ourselves and the show."
While I’ve mentioned my skepticism about how long you can tell stories about Superman when he isn’t Superman, I wonder if the solution might be to just re-name and re-purpose the show and keep it going. It happens sometimes with TV shows and it happens all the time with comics. They’ve introduced practically the entire DCU already, so why not just call it METROPOLIS and turn it into something akin to a live-action BRAVE & THE BOLD? == TEASER ==
Have a rotating cast of heroes, villains and their various supporters show up in Metropolis for told-in-ones and short arcs. You know, have one episode just about Cyborg or a three episode arc starring Green Arrow. Supes could show up only when he needed to, so Tom Welling would be freer to do whatever roles he’s wanted to do over the years but couldn't because of show commitments.That's just my idea, anyway. Is it half-baked, oh brand-building Comic Vine community? Should SMALLVILLE end with this season? Should it keep going? Or should it mutate in something like I described above?