Tom Welling doesn’t think his Superman exists in the Berlanti Universe

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Hard to believe that it has been almost 5 years since Smallville wrapped in 2011. At the time, it was one of the very few adapted superhero shows on TV, and it ran for almost 10 years. The following year in 2012 Arrow would launch, and it would be another two years till The Flash premiered, and Supergirl would join the following year. Currently, there are more than 9 superhero-based TV shows running and many more in development.

Tom Welling recently talked about how Smallville’s impact directly affected the superhero shows today.

“You know, the success of Smallville is directly correlated to The Flash or Arrow – that genre that Warner Bros has been able to do. I do feel proud that it started with us, but it wasn’t just because of us. I think technology and timing – we were suddenly able to do things in television that were, until then, only available in film because of how expensive they were. So we were lucky to be able to have that timing.”

He talked about how many of the people who worked on the show went on to great things in other successful CW shows like Supernatural, The Flash and Arrow.

“A lot of the people who worked on Smallville, it’s a lot of the same crew on Supernatural, The Flash, Arrow. Glen Winter is now the god that we all knew he was, and it all started with Smallville. He’s a genius, and he’s earned everything that he has. He’s so creative, and such a great guy. Glen Winter is somebody who hasn’t been singled out yet by anyone, but if you look at what he did on Smallville and then Flash and Arrow, he’s the throughline.”

Glen Winter was the Director of Photography on Smallville, and eventually went on to direct twelve episodes of the series. He currently directs many of the Berlanti Universe shows, the most recent being Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.


Tom says that his favorite out of all the new shows happens to be one that is the most similar to his own, Supergirl. That being said, he doesn’t believe that his portrayal of the character exist in the same universe.

“I do enjoy it. It’s got a different angle, a more comedic angle, of course. It’s telling the story in a different way, and I don’t think it’s a world that I ever existed in with Clark because they’re two different shows. There’s really nothing in common, there are no parallels at all. I say that being a fan of what they’re doing. I think they’re doing a great job.”

This may be heartbreaking to fans because many of them have been wondering if Welling would reprise his role as the Man of Steel on the show. Still, as we’ve seen in The Flash, there is a way to travel to parallel universe and given that there is a Flash and Supergirl crossover next month, I’d like to think anything is possible.

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