'Smallville' Creators Answer the Question 'Why No Suit?'
For 10 seasons, "Smallville" operated under an overriding rule. More of a philosophy, really: "No tights, no flight."
And for 10 seasons, this worked surprisingly better than one now-infamous incidence when producer Jon Peters tried to give writer/director Kevin Smith a similar directive.
But with the dust settling around the final bow for the WB/CW stalwart origin story of Superman's early days, the creators are stepping up and giving fans some answers.
First, last and foremost . . . it was the last 90 minutes or so of the series, why no suit?
Simple, said creators Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders: that's a story that it was never in what they considered their job description to tell.
“What we wanted to do all along was show hints at where he was going because that is a whole different story that is yet to be told,” Peterson told The Hollywood Reporter. “It felt like it gave just enough without starting to tell a whole different story that is left for all the other media.
“We all wanted it to be the end of Clark Kent’s journey because it’s a show about Clark Kent,” he said. “In the days when we saw him in a flannel shirt, the suit was the furthest thing from his mind.”
The finale did offer up a few waist-up shots of star Tom Welling in Superman's signature duds, but only a single scene done in CGI of Superman rocketing into orbit to save his new home planet.
What happens from there will probably next be up to director Christopher Nolan, who is helming Paramount's upcoming reboot "Man of Steel."
“[Showing Tom in the full suit] to me is just not super relevant and not what we were trying to do,” he said.