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While promoting his new Fox series Lucifer, Welling finally addressed the Smallville series finale in which Clark ripped open his button-down shirt for the only time.
"It was something that we discussed before we ever shot the pilot with [creators] Al Gough and Miles Millar," Tommy spilled to @EW. " I asked about the suit and the tights and the flying, and they said, ‘No, absolutely not,’ part of the reason being is that show is about a teenager trying to figure out who he is. They felt that once Clark put on the cape and the suit, life became too easy, in a sense."
"We jumped onto this idea that at the end of the show," he continues, "the idea is that Clark becomes Superman and he’s out there, and we know he’s out there, but we can’t go with him, but that we know and we feel good that he’s out there doing good,” Tom said. “That was what we strove for, and I think we hit it. I liked the ending of the series, because it’s like, ‘Yes, he did it!’ I hope the audience didn’t feel like we didn’t show them something that they needed to see. I felt like we gave them the jumping off point for their imagination as to what could happen."
Sources: @SYFY. @JustJared.
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