Smallville to feature...Superboy!
|NEWS - TV NEWS|
The extra-curricular Kryptonian activities not drawing to such a definitive close after all..?
We all saw the needle bend when Tess tried to poison young Lex Luthor in last week's episode of Smallville. Now, in a twist, we find out that actor Lucas Gabreel isn't actually Superman's arch nemesis, but his clone. Well, his and Lex's.
It turns out that he will actually turn out to be Conner Kent, a hybrid clone using both the Kryptonian DNA of Superman as well as the human DNA of Lex Luthor. Rumor has it the reveal is to come in the March 4 episode entitled "Scion". According to Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders:
"Conner's journey is manipulated by a master... Luckily, someone knows more about Conner's life than he does. But he should be wary of strangers bearing gifts."
Originally, Conner Kent, who's Kryptonian name is Kon-El, made his debut during the "Death of Superman" storyline, when four new Supermen - the others being "The Man of Tomorrow" (the Cyborg Superman), "The Last Son of Krypton" (the Eradicator), and "The Man of Steel" (Henry Johnson a.k.a. John Henry Irons) - came forward after Kal-El's death. He was a metahuman clone who was engineered to look like Superman and gifted with similar powers. His story was retconned in a Teen Titans storyline in 2003, and he became the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. He originally was given his own title and was involved in the event that followed the death and return of the original Superman. He has also appeared in the rebooted Young Justice title, and then in Teen Titans.
This won't be the first time this version of Superboy has appeared on television. He had a cameo on Legion of Super-Heroes, where he was a clone of Superman from the future. He is also featured on the new Cartoon Network animated series Young Justice, a series that features sidekick heroes. He and the other Supermen were omitted from the Superman/Doomsday animated film, but the other Superman was himself a clone, and one of the clones shown being grown by Luthor is very similar in appearance to Conner.
Since Michael Rosenbaum has been confirmed to be returning for the 2-hour series finale of Smallville, it will be interesting to see how they intend to bring him back from the dead. But, as we all know, no one stays dead in comic books. And the inclusion of Conner gives producers an opportunity to examine the possibility of a series based on the Superboy character. And one would have to admit that it would be a much better idea that having Shaq play Steel.
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