Tom Welling in Smallville

Tom Welling explained why audiences never got to see his Clark Kent don the Superman suit on Smallville. The CW (formerly WB) comic book series told the story of teenage Clark Kent (Welling) learning to harness his abilities — not powers, as the show’s executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar had once explained — as he juggled high school (and young adult) life with fighting crime and saving the world from otherworldly threats.

Despite introducing several of Superman’s iconic (superpowered) abilities throughout the series — including the one time that Clark had taken flight — the show existed under the pretense that Clark simply wasn’t ...

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