I watched exactly two episodes of Smallville before I tapped out and left after I realized that I was being presented with a not-so-advanced con-job. A Superman show without Superman…wha-whah- what? What kind of nonsense was this? I promptly went back and watched re-runs of The New Adventures of Lois and Clark, because, lo and behold…it actually featured Superman! Novel Idea.
I wondered how many people would fall for this tomfoolery…and for how long. Imagine my disappointment in humanity when the damn thing ran for 11 years! Egads, there really isn’t much of a defense for that. Hang your heads in shame all involved.
I find it interesting that Al Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of Smallville, weren’t able to perform the same feat with another DC character, Aquaman. Their 2006 pilot starring DC’s Aquatic hero never found a buyer and has since been relegated to the digital equivalent of the bargain bin at Walmart (you can find it on iTunes for $1.99).
Was the mixture of cheese and the WB’s hallmark teenage angst not quite right? Maybe it was the effects, admittedly quite horrendous. Could it have been the casting of Ving Rhames as a costar? Nah..everyone loves Marsellus Wallace!
Perhaps, after 5 years of heavy heapings of Smallville gruel, the loyal fans simply couldn’t stomach an additional entre from the WB.
Whichever the case, judging from the trailer, they made the right decision.