During an interview with entertainment site Birth.Movies.Death, Smallville‘s Tom Welling talked about what role he feels Smallville played in the the success of DC’s current line of television shows.
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. 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.
Welling also talked about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and how he feels about the latest interpretation of the character he spent ten years portraying.
Superman is an interesting character because if you look at where he came from, and the time period that he was created, we’re in very different times now. And I think trying to maintain that relevancy has been a challenge, because for a long time they’ve been trying to get that character to work on the big screen in a different way, a more modern way. I think they’re doing it. I can’t wait to see the movie, I’ve seen all the trailers. I’m totally into it, I am! I’m just like everybody else. I think it’s cool, tough, it’s got a lot of action, it’s grounded, and I don’t know yet what the storyline is, but I want to go see the movie so I can find out.
Be sure to check out all of DC’s television shows as well as the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters on March 25, 2016.