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Michael Rosenbaum Will Return For Smallville Series Finale After All

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.


  • Jdcdh

    I take back what I said on the previous article. My respect for you Mr. Rosenbaum has been restored and enhanced! :D

  • Jacob

    I was hoping they wouldn’t announced this. It would have been so much better if he had done it without telling people. Imagine if you’re watching, AND HE JUST FUCKING SHOWS UP.

  • The Anti-Bieber!

    In the back of my head I was hoping for that very same thing!
    Still, I’m glad that he’s coming back for the finale and people knowing he’ll be on will probably deliver the show’s best ratings ever. Or somewhere close to it! ;)
    I was crushed thinking he’d not return. Watched the show earlier and thought how much of a bummer it would be not having him onboard. Thinking, “Could he pull a surprise and show up anyway?!?” but kind of bummed at the earlier news of his non-committal to the finale.

    He is by far the closest thing we’ve gotten to a live action representation of Lex as he should be…an evil mastermind and criminal genius. No baffoonish real estate swindler. That was okay for the old Superman movies and Kevin Spacey did okay with that in Superman Returns considering the crapfest of a movie that turned out to be.
    But aside from Clancy Brown voicing Lex on the animated fare, Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor was the highpoint of the show Smallville. He WAS and IS Lex Luthor to many.

    Glad to see him making a final return! ( It’s amazing my brain can generate enough power to keep my fingers typing!) ;D

  • Alex Rogers


    They may as well announce it now. People were getting nervous. Look at the messages on the other boards. ‘I never watch his stuff again!’

  • Paul

    Knew it.

  • JMC

    What do they say, “Money talks, bullshit walks.” It was pretty obvious this was a hold out for more money – I don’t have a problem with that. I’d take them for as much cash as I could if I was in the same position. But the whole “I’m doing it for the fans…” bullshit. C’mon, who is fucking stupid enough to fall for that drivel?

  • Shomy

    YEAAAAAH!! LEX IS BACK! :D No matter how amazing Clarck/Superman Tom Welling is, without awsome Lex Luthor finale wouldn’t feel right….

  • Gregg

    Yeah basically. I’m sure this was supposed to be a huge surprise they were sowing the seeds of disinformation for. They had to spoil it early due to internet crazypeople threatening his life and career.

  • Oramosperez

    I wonder how much money did they have to shove down his throat for him to agree to do (what I’m assuming will be) a less than 5 minutes cameo…

  • Cover55555

    I was definitely watching this no matter what, bummed that he was missing, then to be surprised like that. Not easy to pull off, I assume we would have found out one way or the other.

  • Lex is back

    Maybe they said if he comes back for the finale, he’ll get to play Lex in Zack Synder’s Superman reboot.

  • JMC

    and maybe he was given some magic beans as well!

  • Anonymous

    He’s doing far more than 5 minutes. He’s doing the two-hour finale.

  • Shift

    Its good to know we’ll see him back for the finale. While I can understand an actor’s desire to separate themselves from certain roles or the fact that they are preoccupied with other stuff, it still would have sucked to not see Rosenbaum help close out the show that he helped start.

  • Steve M

    How do I put this in a non-mean way? He left Smallville ostensibly to further his career and he barely had a career. Of COURSE he should come back. It wasn’t wrong to leave, but he definately needs to be there at the end. There’s nothing in his schedule keeping him from it. Now what aobut Kristen Kreuk….?

  • Cyrano

    Smallville Finale without Lex would have been like Scully without Mulder, With regrets whatever the quality of the story. But now, how much for a… spin-of of a talented universe?

  • Paul

    They beat the Lana character into the ground, with Clark going way over the line into stalker-hood. Can’t see how they could bring her back without slighting Lois. Don’t want to see her anyway.

  • Mikeclr

    Great news! I just wish everything wasn’t so damned final and there was a chance of Smallville being replaced by “Metropolis”.

  • Dawnell_do

    Damn it, Rosebaum stop playing with my emotions, but please return for the finale!

  • Dawnell_do

    Lol, you last faith in Rosenbaum for shame.

  • Mr_Wayne

    I was saying the same thing the other day. Due to ratings I’m guessing they chose the business manner of things: annoucments.

  • The Gun Show

    I knew it. This was a publicity stunt for sure…but I don’t care – I’m glad he’s back.

  • RunnerX13

    I just assumed that Rosenbaum didn’t want to shave his head.

  • ~AML~

    Thank You Mr. Rosenbaum for bring everything full circle. One more favor if you please? Could you PLEASE bring the writers from those seasons you were present back with you? It hasn’t been quite the same since you’ve been gone.

  • Shisha Hookah

    Awesome. Now if they can just hire back some of their old writers who knew how to write dialog, maybe the finale will even be worth watching.

  • Frank Trevino

    @Frank Trevino, Go Michael you are the best Lex Luthor…