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Only this morning it seemed all but certain that Smallville would end its final season without Lex Luthor. But now TV Line reports that Michael Rosenbaum will reprise his role for the May 13 finale.
“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” Rosenbaum told the website. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha.”
He added on Twitter: “I’m excited to come back one last time. Just promise me you’ll all watch my new stuff. Then we will be even. Haha. Rock the hell on friends!”
The 11th-hour announcement — Smallville wraps production next month — ends more than a year of hand-wringing over whether the 38-year-old actor would appear in the final episodes as alumni like John Schneider, Annette O’Toole and John Glover have. Although Rosenbaum’s involvement was viewed by producers as critical to the show’s finale, he reportedly rebuffed repeated offers to return.
“I’ve twisted his arm, I’ve taken him to dinner, I’ve gotten him drunk … I’ve tried to get him to sign papers that he didn’t know what they were … so, I’m trying everything that I can,” star Tom Welling, one of the show’s executive producers, told KryptonSite during Comic-Con. “Michael wants to come back, but there are just some things to iron out, and I think he understands that we can’t end the show without Lex Luthor. We’re even teasing the idea that he’s going to be on already, with the idea of clones, or [the idea] that Lex has developed these bodies that he could then tap into to heal himself later in life.”
Rosenbaum last appeared on Smallville in the May 2008 seventh-season finale, when the Fortress of Solitude collapsed with Luthor inside. The two-hour series finale will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT May 13 on The CW.