Is it time for Clark Kent to Don his Cape on ‘Smallville?’

For seven  years now, I have enjoyed Smallville’s tales of a young Clark Kent coming into his own as he’s trying to balance his alien abilities and the responsibility that comes with that power with his human life.  But isn’t it about time that Clark grew up already and became Superman?

Clark and OliverI’ve always enjoyed Superman stories – the movies with Christopher Reeve and now Brandon Routh, the TV series Lois & Clark with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, and even the cartoons when I was a kid.  I know the basic mythology, but not all the comic book details.

But when the pilot for Smallville promised us a look at Superman before he became the great hero, when he was just an awkward teenager, I was hooked.

Over the years, we’ve seen Clark (Tom Welling) grow up, he’s graduated from high school and even did a stint at college, but for the last couple of years he’s kind of stalled. 

Sure we’ve seen him learn about his heritage, struggle with his identity, and battle evil, but is he any closer to donning his cape and tights than he was in, say, the fifth season.

Others in Smallville have moved on to fulfill their destinies. 

Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) has transformed from a spoiled rich kid with daddy issues to a full-fledge bad guy scheming to rule the world, going from Clark’s friend to nemesis in the process.

No longer the sweet girl next door, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) has developed a dark side of her own.  She’s taken self-defense classes and now has enough money to run her own business that includes side projects of spying on Lex.  Does she still really need Clark to protect her?  More importantly, is everyone else as tired of her on-again, off-again relationship with Clark as I am?  Isn’t about time he pursue other interest?

Speaking of these interests, the inquisitive Lois Lane (Erica Durance) is now on scene and well on her way to fulfilling her legacy.  She’s got a job at the Daily Planet and her nose for news will surely move her up the food chain despite Lex’s ownership of the paper and, of course, get her into trouble along the way.

Even Clark’s best friend Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) has grown out of her crush on him and gotten her own boyfriend, Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  In fact, she’s also got her own job and a meteor power which she’s already learned to embrace.

Heck, even Clark’s mom, Martha Kent (Annette O’Toole) has moved on.  A widow now, Martha moved to Washington, DC at the end of the last season to take a seat in Congress.

Isn’t it about time that Clark embraced his destiny too?  I’m very interested in seeing how he transforms from mild manner Clark Kent to Superman, especially when so many people in Smallville already know his secret (Chloe, Lana, Oliver Queen) and others suspect (Lex).

As I watched last night’s episode “Siren” I couldn’t wait to discover another hero – Black Canary (Alaina Huffman).  But even more I was thrilled about the return of Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley).  Why?

Well besides the obvious detail that he’s cute, there’s the fact that he has accepted his destiny.  He has adopted his Green Arrow persona, was key in forming the Justice League and is not only fighting evil, but pursuing it.

For me, Clark Kent’s development has stalled while Oliver and the rest of the Justice League have new lives as crime fighters that are in full swing.  It has added dimension to their characters. 

How do they handle their double life?  How is their love lives affected?  We got a glimpse of that last night when Lois gave Ollie the boot.  How do they work with each other?  How do they find evil?  I loved that Chloe has a part-time gig as Queen’s sidekick.

I miss seeing these things in Clark.  Therefore, I think it’s time for Clark to suit up, to become the hero we all know he can and to leave Lana in the dust.

What do you think?  Are you ready for Clark to become Superman?

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17 Responses to Is it time for Clark Kent to Don his Cape on ‘Smallville?’

  1. Trudi Topham says:

    I couldn’t agree more. There’s only so long that “Young Superman” can stay young, and there’s only so far fans are willing to go in believing that the Justice League just happened to all get together as teenagers before forming a superhero team in their twenties or thirties…

  2. vacelts says:

    Thanks Trudi. I’m glad I’m not the only ready for Superman to emerge. And when is he going to learn to fly already?!

  3. Trudi Topham says:

    Well in theory, according to the whole premise of the show, the moment he flies the series is over. So if Smallville is making money, it’d be madness (as far as the studio is concerned) to finish it before it’s done raking in the cash by getting Clark up in the air.

  4. Dave says:

    I got bored after the 5th season.

    I wanted to see Superman at his best, not Clarke Kent wallowing in teenage angst for six years plus!

  5. NG says:

    There is only so many “excuses” he can use. The BC invite rejection was about the umpteenth time or so. Or is that just me?

  6. vacelts says:

    NG, I agree. Why hasn’t he just joined the Justice League already?

  7. NG says:

    he could at LEAST be like Chloe and do a few. The only time he has ever participated was the episode titled “justice” or someting where they came up with the name “justice league”. I think the producers think of him in the JL as being superman in the JL instead of farmboy “Boy Scout” with his uniform of a plaid shirt. So with what Trudi said about milking it is about right.

  8. NG says:

    not exactly…probably

  9. vacelts says:

    Dave, I agree.

    Trudi, but can’t we start to see the transition at least. Rumor is Michael Rosenbaum is leaving after this season anyway.

    NG, the producers might consider him in the JL, but Clark has repeated turned down offers to join on the show.

  10. MRM says:

    I agree. Back in “Justice” he at least had the decent excuse that he had to focus on cleaning up the Phantoms before doing anything else. But he’s done that now. This season has really emphasized how Clark does nothing unless it threatens himself, Lana, Chloe or Lois. It’s weakened him as a character, and as a hero.

  11. vacelts says:

    Well said MRM. Right now I’m not finding Clark all that interesting. Many of the other character, yes. But not Clark because he’s not growing or changing in any way.

  12. […] Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) might have had a crush on Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his super hero ways, but I think she’s found her real match in Jimmy Olsen […]

  13. zach says:

    ClarkKent this is Zach Metler what is the Levle to Secret Lab i need to fine the Key to Krypton that you gave me before you Passed on

  14. zach says:

    Chloe Sullivan what happend to the House that some Put the Bomb in the house

  15. Could not agree more! It is time for some big changes if Smallville is to survive and thrive in an 8th season. I would like to see Lana leave and Clark work on his training and show some intellectual curiosity about the world around him. It is hard to believe that this guy who is so happy to hang on the farm and play house will spend his time saving the day and reporting the truth alongside Lois Lane.

    This season with the heavy emphasis on the Clark Lana domestic storyline has been one long snoozefest- Heroes knew enough to pull Nikki out of that so we could see some new sides to her character. It is time for Clark to if not suit up- at least man up!
    Of course I am admin on Operation Save Clark Kent so I am a little biased …..

  16. vacelts says:

    Supernatural66, that’s a great plan for Season 8. I, for one, am ready for Lois to move away from Smallville.

    • Gajhoqlover says:

      Well, she is in Season 9 and will probably be in Season 10 too because I just saw the Season finale of Season 9 and she’s not died so she will probably be on Season 10 too.

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