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5 “Shock” Endings We’d Want To See On Smallville

It’s the final episode ever of Smallville this week – An event a decade in the making, and one that, at times, has felt as if it’s taken even longer to arrive. But on Friday, we’ll finally get to see Clark embrace his true destiny and become the world’s greatest hero… or will we? Here are five curveballs we almost wish the writers would throw us instead.

Clark Resurrects Krypton, Ushers In New Age of Humanity
All throughout the series, we’ve seen Clark struggle with his Kryptonian heritage… but what if the final episode took inspiration from comics like New Krypton or DC One Million and actually brought Krypton back from destruction, allowing Clark an all-new beginning, a chance to reconnect with his heritage and Earth a whole new world of superpowered protectors to save the day from whatever disasters may threaten it? Admittedly, I’m not expecting this one at all, because it feels too much like the start of something, instead of a conclusion… Perhaps it’s something they should have tried as a season cliffhanger, instead.

Clark Loses His Powers
Similarly, what if the show ends not with Clark finding closure to his internal battle of personal cultures, but instead by becoming fully human? We’ve seen various “regular” people go on to fight crime using technology or just their wits on the show, and also characters losing their powers for some ridiculous reason or another, so is it impossible that Clark could permanently avoid becoming Superman by becoming a regular man, instead?

Happily Ever After
What if Smallville ends with an actual ending? I know that Superman stands for the “Never-Ending Battle” against evil, but what if something so momentous happens in the finale that evil is, if not entirely vanquished, then at least fairly permanently defeated to the point where the other heroes – both costumed, like Green Arrow and Aquaman, and regular, like the police, firefighters and other emergency workers – can take it from there? Can Lois and Clark actually manage to live happily ever after?

Clark Dies/Lois Dies
We’ve seen a shock twist season finale before that suggests that Smallville won’t exactly follow the Superman legend we all know – Remember when Jimmy Olsen died, even if there was then the frustrating takeback of introducing little kid cousin Jimmy Olsen? – so could the series finale go that route, but supersize it? We know that Clark will inspire future generations, but what if that inspiration comes from his making the supreme sacrifice? Or if it takes the loss of his greatest love to push him into becoming the selfless hero we’ve been expecting all long?

Clark Becomes Batman
Oh, come on. Like that wouldn’t be an awesome twist. Admit it, you really wouldn’t see that one coming. After a few years of The Blur, it’s time that Clark takes up a new – and non-lame – superhero identity, but it would be absolutely hilarious if that identity belonged to another DC Comics hero instead of the one we’re all expecting. Maybe he can get a Green Lantern ring in a completely unexpected tie-in to this summer’s most-anticipated-by-DC-Comics movie?


  • Zor-El of Argo

    Don’t even bring up Green Lantern on Smallville! I am so pissed that they never brought in Abin Sur. I had been wanting to see that from the beginning. This season would have been the perfect time to do it, too.

  • Lawless

    You know what would be really shocking? If the finale was any good.

  • Scud

    I hope you wrote all of these sarcastically knowing they were crap, cause they are.

  • Anonymous

    i kind of like these but i think i would like a mix of the losing powers ending with the GL and the Resurrection of krypton one on top.

    At first he loses his powers after his fight with Darkseid but do to his sacrifice he is chosen to be the next Blue lantern by the Blue Lantern Corps. For the uninitiated, they are the sister corp to the green lanterns where their rings are powered by hope. And using the power of the ring he ends up recreating Krypton.

    you are preaching to the choir.

  • Anonymous

    Forget Abin Sur, they never used Mon-El! A Superman character, and they never even tried!

  • Zor-El of Argo

    Mon-El would’ve been a better fit for J’onn J’onnz’s role.

  • Hugosleestak

    How about, something like Infinite Crisis: Smallville Edition, where the entire thing reboots with the silver age continuity back in place? We meet Lana, and this time she’s a redhead who is too smart to ever get possessed or marry Lex or whatever. Jimmy Olsen doesn’t die because he’s not in our story yet. None of the other superheroes think that Clark is developmentally challenged (as in our Smallvilleverse) because he is active and on the scene before the others ever even *think* about putting on tights. Oh – and Jor-El isn’t a constantly frustrating pain in the patootie. That too.

  • Palmer

    OR! Everyone realizes that Clark is an ineffective asshole and they just through him into a cell that can emit red sun radiation.

  • demoncat_4

    as much as the resurection of krypton or even clark being power less or dieing fits the cure balls of small ville odds are that the show will end with clark as superman finaly maybe minus lois. though a really better twist would be clark crossing paths finaly with a certain billionaire and amazon long desired and forever told to the producers no since day one.

  • Jeff

    Except that wouldn’t be shocking because most of this season has been great.

  • guest

    Clark puts on the suit. But he still doesn’t fly.

  • BK

    Considering how they handled Jimmy Olsen (on top of so many other
    insane/ridiculous plot choices over the years), the perfect
    “Smallville” ending would have to be Clark dying and Conner Kent becoming

  • BK

    Let’s not confuse “not terrible” with great. It’s been better than previous seasons, yes, and it’s had plenty of fan-pleasing moments, but it’s still been a very sloppy and uneven show even at the best of times. Calling the whole Darkseid plot to this point “half-assed” would be generous.

  • Nightwing Prime

    i want prime to appear and kill smallville universe clark

  • Zeovgm

    Last season was great though. This season, I’d put a little behind because of a few disappointing episodes, but it’s still great overall. I agree the Darkseid plot should have been handled better, more like the Zod plot last year, which was very good.

    Season 8 was great too, up until the VERY disappointing end. They managed to pull off Doomsday in live action (in a television show with no budget!) up until the very end. (The retcon episode and the finale were awful — that’s not even including the Jimmy Olsen “twist”, the worst decision in the series.)

    Season 7 was absolutely horrendous aside from an episode or two. (“Descent” is one of the series’ best.)

  • WhatHuh

    Clark becomes Batman – why would they have him be Batman when Chloe already mentioned Batman this season when she was talking about her adventures across the US? 

  • Shifty

    …seriously?  No one would actually like any of those kinds of ending after 10 years of waiting for the Superman payoff. Well, except maybe people who didn’t like the show or didn’t watch it.  But any of these ideas would essentially be giving a middle finger to the fan base.