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Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor in 'Smallville'

Ever since the announcement that Season 10 will be the final season of Smallville, fans have been wondering whether or not Michael Rosenbaum would reprise his role as Lex Luthor. When Rosenbaum left the show after the seventh season, he wrote a letter to fans, in which he stated his gratitude to them for making the show a success but did not address the pressing question of whether his character would return or not. Earlier this month, EW posted the news that Rosenbaum had repeatedly refused to return to the show for the finale. Only three days later came the announcement that Rosenbaum would, in fact, be returning for a final showdown with Tom Welling's Superman.

Did EW have its facts wrong, or did Rosenbaum respond to the hue and cry raised when the news broke that he had decided not to participate? Either way, he credits the fans as the driving force behind his decision. In an interview with his hometown newspaper, the Evanston Courier Press, Rosenbaum said that "the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn't say no." On the other hand, it sounds as though he initially didn't intend to return. "I felt, after 160 shows, that was it. The fans didn't think so; I'm doing it for them."

Knowing that Lex and Clark continue into the future may seem, at first glance, to cast a pall on the intensity of the show's finale; obviously, both characters have to survive the final showdown. However, the show's writers and producers managed to pull an epic 10-season run out of the premise that Clark Kent was at one point a teenager of unlimited potential who would become Supes. On the show's longevity, Michael Rosenbaum said, hilariously, "No one expects a show to last 10 years. I gave them seven years and I thought it was pretty commendable. Now it’s been on three more years - Clark is starting to look like he’s in his 30s."

Brian Wayne Peterson, executive producer of Smallville, said in an interview with Assignment X, "We’ve had a complicated Lex storyline in the background all along and we’ve been slowly unfolding it, because we knew at the end of the season, we need to pay that character off, because that’s a big part of the show. We’ve been revving toward paying that character off."

Smallville's two-hour finale will be directed by Greg Beeman and is set to air on May 13.


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