It should be no surprise that the CW announced that next Fall's tenth season of Smallville will be the last for the show. The question is, what should happen and when in this last season? In other words, when will we actually see Superman?
The whole premise of the show was to focus on Clark before he became Superman. You'll probably agree that he should have become Superman seasons ago. My biggest gripe about the show is all his friends and now co-workers at the Daily Planet know Clark and recognize his face without the glasses he'll eventually wear. Also, Lex was his best friend for several seasons. The day Clark starts wearing glasses and Superman makes more public appearance than his "Blur" persona, how could people not recognize that Superman is Clark? This could work if they went the John Byrne route and had Superman constantly move his face at super speed so it always came out as blurry in photos and on camera. Again the question is, will we actually see Superman in the final season?
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We always figured the show would end with Clark becoming Superman. As the show went on, Clark started using his powers more and more and in bigger ways. Eventually we got a pseudo-version of the Justice League and just saw the Justice Society. Yet Clark still hasn't suited up himself. The show's creators were always firm on their "no tights, no flight" policy. When they left the show, that's when we started seeing other characters in tights. Should Clark follow this trend before the season ends? It might change the focus of the show but most of us have tired of Clark's dance around the matter. Would the show still work if Clark decided to suit up finally? I think we can only stand seeing him wear a blue t-shirt with a red jacket for so long. His black/matrix look isn't much better.
It makes sense that the final scene of the final season should have Clark suiting up for the first time. After nine seasons, I almost want to say forget that. Let's see Clark as Superman now. Yes it will change the dynamic of the show. What do they really have to lose? It's the last season. Time to take some risks and give the fans what they want.
That brings about another question, do the viewers want to see the costume? Notice I used the word "viewers" there. We have to assume that a majority of the viewers don't actually read the comics. That's just how it goes with television and movie viewers, they out-number us comic book readers. Despite the show being about Clark Kent and his superpowers, would they actually buy him wearing red and blue tights? I want to say yes. The Justice Society/Absolute Justice episode was big on ratings. I say let's throw out the original plan of "no tights, no flight" and finally see Superman on the small screen once again and before the season ends.