The CW’s big superhero crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths just keeps getting bigger and today’s casting news is pretty big.
TVInsider is reporting that Tom Welling, who played a young Clark Kent for 10 seasons on Smallville in the mid-2000s will be reprising the role for the upcoming event. This gives the event three Men of Steel now. Previously it was announced that Brandon Routh, who played Superman in Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns will be essaying a different iteration of the character for Crisis, one drawing from the older hero as seen in the graphic novel Kingdom Come. Tyler Hoechlin, who has played Superman on Supergirl, is also scheduled to be part of the event.
TVInsider quote executive producer Marc Guggenheim –
For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it. So when we first started talking about ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths,’ our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.
But beyond that, this kicks open the door to the possibility for the return of any other live action DC Comics hero from the past twenty years or so of television. (And yes, we know that in last year’s crossover event Elseworlds, John Wesley Shipp has already revived his 1990s version of The Flash.) Will we see any more of the heroes that Smallville used? If we need a fourth Superman how about the grown-up version from the late 1980s Superboy syndicated series? Swamp Thing from his 1990s series that was on the USA Network? Maybe a return of the WB Network’s iteration of the Birds Of Prey?
It seems as if the possibilities are indeed infinite.