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Is This Proof a Smallville Spinoff is in the Works? (Don’t Bet on It)

Fans of Smallville began clamoring for a sequel of sorts well before the series ended its 10-season run in May. Referred to by die-hards as Metropolis, the imagined follow-up has spawned fan fiction, fan-made trailers, and even a Twitter account devoted to making the spinoff a reality.

Now, nearly six months after the conclusion of Smallville, could the fabled Metropolis actually be happening? Well … I wouldn’t start planning my viewing party just yet.

A glimmer of hope for the spinoff comes this morning from, which notes there’s a listing for Metropolis on the not-always-reliable IMDb with a cast that so far boasts Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore and Michael McKean. Okay, sure. None of them is exactly taking Hollywood by storm at the moment, so a return to their Smallville roles wouldn’t be out of the question.

From there, though, the listing becomes significantly less believable. Metropolis is labeled as a TV series, rather than a (more likely) miniseries or TV movie, that’s in post-production. It’s possible, I guess, that the supposed project was filmed immediately after Smallville wrapped in the spring, to make use of the existing sets. From a financial standpoint, that makes sense.

Far less convincing, though, is the inclusion of Smallville co-creator Alfred Gough, who with Miles Millar left the series in 2008, as director, making the project his sole directing credit. Unlikely, sure, but not nearly as outlandish as the duo, who are suing The CW and Warner Bros. for breach of contract and what could amount to tens of millions of dollars in royalties, returning to the loving embrace of the network and its parent company.

Sorry, Smallville fans, but Metropolis is probably about as likely as that Green Arrow spinoff — at least for the time being.


  • Michael

    It does sound unlikely, but, in today’s economy, work is work, so the actors might consider a sure thing over anything else.

  • RunnerX13

    Didn’t Hollywood force Welling and Durance to turn in their acting cards when Smallville ended?

  • Anonymous

    And, wasn’t Aaron Ashmore’s Jimmy Olsen killed by DoomsDavis?

  • Jacob

    Yes, he was.

  • Jacob

    Durance has appeared in other things since then.

  • Mythos

    He was, but then Jimmy Olsen had a younger brother also named Jimmy Olsen who, a few years later, looked and sounded just like him.

    Yes, I’m being serious.

  • Kenn Dunn

    No way. Not with a big screen Superman in the works. I could see a Supergirl, though, with Laura Vandervoort, as it would complement, rather than conflict with, a Superman film, and might be better executed and received than the Wonder Woman pilot.

  • Erikgalston

    So because there’s a superman movie happening, there can’t be a superman tv show?? just like how smallville ended when Superman Returns was released, oh yeah it didn’t. 

  • Erikgalston

    Yeah Erica Durance was on the last episode of Charlie’s Angels to air. 

  • RunnerX13

    Nuf said.

  • Anonymous


    Small-vile was always a piece of crap show that catered to the worst people in middle America. Dumb, Stupid hypocritical people who wouldn’t know a great TV show and it came up and bit them on the ass.

  • CaseyJustice

    Hypocritical? How so?

  • Patrick Keely

    I wouldn’t mind a Supergirl TV show especially with the way they left off the character in the final season.  They could very well do a Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes show.

  • Patrick Keely

    I would watch the Green Arrow tv show in a heart beat especially since the new Green Arrow comic seems to be similar to the Green Arrow concept from the show.

  • Snap

    its fake

  • SuperheroAlliance

    I don’t want to get my hopes up but man wouldn’t his be awesome!!

  • Mjbingham

    It’s a nice dream,but it won’t  happen for some years in the meantime keep smallville in your heart

  • SK

    Zatanna would be a great spinoff!

  • Mak

    For a show that’s been on the air for 10 Seasons, calling it a piece of crap exploited your own limited mental capacity.

  • Alex

    Yeah, they gave him a hat to wear. You see, he’s younger and wears a hat like Jimmy Olsen did.

  • lizzaayy

    gah well the show just finished tonight in britain and it was brilliant! But i honestly don’t think they’d make a spin-off from it. it’s had its time, i was thinking maybe a superman film in a few years time with tom welling as superman, but whatever…

  • Anonymous

    Nah. It was Cassidy Freeman’s appearance on The Playboy Club that was the last ever episode that show. The show was canceled the next day and removed from NBC’s schedule. Charlie’s Angels was also canceled after Erica Durance’s episode but ABC is still airing the remaining episodes. Also, the ratings went up slightly with Erica’s episode, and went back down the next week, whereas the ratings just went down further with Cassidy Freeman’s. So does this mean that Cassidy Freeman is a crappy actress?    

  • Anonymous

    So does that mean that the Green Arrow has been reduced to being Chloe Sullivan’s labradoodle in the comics too?

  • Anonymous

    Good God no!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Of course it’s fake. In what universe would Warner Bros let Al Gough anywhere near the Superman story again? Besides, he’d insist on Lana Lang being the main focus of the show.

  • Anonymous

    technically they wouldnt allow both as they would want your funds to go directly the movies and thats not gonna happen if there is a cheaper form readily available.

    on topic i rather see a show based on one of the sidekicks like kid flash or nightwing.

  • Drew Melbourne

    You’ll note that Smallville wasn’t, strictly speaking, a “Superman TV show”.

    Also: there’s a difference between keeping a TV show running and launching a new one.

    On a scale of 0 to 10, I rank your logic a 2.

  • Duder

    The whole thing is a prank/wishful thinking.  IMDB entries are user-edited.  Anybody can create shows and add in cast info, titles, etc.

    Eventually their editors will take down the erroneous entry.

    If a follow-up to Smallville were happening, WB would announce it.  (Though I doubt it’ll ever happen, myself.)

  • AlbertoAnguloMorales

    comicbookresources hi!!!. I’m Alberto from

    “yes” Metropolis. Devoted to imdb!!!!!.

  • Studboy

    kinda like you…

  • Eldonte

    I would love to see a Metropolis mini series or perhaps the occasional made-for-tv movie featuring the cast of Smallville. This story reminds me of the old Hulk tv movies that came out in the late eighties or early nineties with Thor and such.  They used Bill Bixby and Lou Ferigno and while the shows were super cheesy, they were a lot of fun to watch. 

  • Troy_moore8001

    The Show had really had the budget, but could not go all out”Superman”(while still being a Superman show).

  • Dawnell_do

    Enough with Smallville already, I wan’t a Batman show!

  • John Smith

    Good God yes!!!!!! And if you don’t like it, no one’s forcing you to watch it.

  • Zen Strive

    Just continue the Wonder Women TV series. The pilot shows potential!

  • Watchman93


    God no, hell no, never again!

  • RunnerX13

    Cassidy Freeman is the only one from Smallville I actually liked, and it’s not like the Playboy Club advertised her appearance.

  • Londeaux

    But they could do a sequal via comics like Buffy and Angel.

  • Anonymous

    As for the “none of them is exactly taking Hollywood by storm” comment, Aaron Ashmore had a great extended run this season on Warehouse 13 (which HASN’T been cancelled — so no “Smallville curse” for Aaron).

  • Smallstuff

    In real life, Aaron Ashmore has a twin brother and both have played on the show. Brother was on the episode “leech”. Also, at the funeral for Jimmie, he was Henry James Olsen with a younger brother Jimmy. On the finale, there was younger brother Jimmie helping out at the Daily Planet in the seven year future segment (also Aaron Ashmore).

  • Jacob

    It means “Lois Lane” sells better than “That red head chick who couldn’t pick a side”

  • Legaleagle

    Such a series cannot take place until all the Superman estate issues are resolved. WB and DC need to renegotiate terms. Superman the movie is only being done under a court ordered injuction to the old agreement.

    But remember Sanctuary went from a web based series to a scifi channel TV series based of fan input so you never know….

  • Mcmahonshauna

    its hos brother

  • Pooh

    Sinks are for fools.

  • Scuro Raven

    Smallville was the only show on the CW worth watching. The acting was good compared to other CW series. I doubt there will be a spin-off though. The real question is, without smallville, how much longer will the CW be around.

  • Jacob

    >.> Really? The acting in Smallville was awful. Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries have far superior acting and ratings. Smallville was continually falling in the ratings.

  • Mark

    No they only wanted you to think that

  • Mark

    Bullshit the ratings were hi if thats so they would have never done a tenth season

  • Jacob

    The ratings were high. But not as high as Supernatural or The Vampire Diaries. And they were continuously getting lower.

  • Skoshidragon

    What’s funny about reading this article is the last sentence. Since I jut finished watching the 2nd episode of a well done green arrow spin off! Smallville follow up one day I hope so

  • Jordon Cooper

    Sorry, Smallville fans, but Metropolis is probably about as likely as that Green Arrow spinoff — at least for the time being.

    Lol that did happen though.

  • Ian Harris

    U are a dumbass smallville was amazing u just don’t know what a good show is

  • wizard

    Rating dont mean anything, you can put a fantastic show on and put it on at a time that competes with a already established hi rater on another channel and cause it does suit the time set or the intended viewing audience it will fail. Hi stats also could show that there is stuff all else on so people watch that instead. If someone records it rather than watch it cause they are interested in this show and another one the recorded one does not show up as the one recorded on the stats because its not viewed.

  • Smallville=EPIC

    OMG I just finished watching Smallville Season 1 episode 1 through Smallville Season 10 Episode 21, and Man, that was a great and horrible ending. If someone doesn’t make a spinoff, I think I’m going to have to go into movie production and do it myself.

  • Smallville=Epic

    yes but it wasn’t a direct spinoff. The directors of Arrow have said no supernatural powers. At least if that’s what you’re referring to :P

  • Smallville=EPIC

    @facebook-100000248657926:disqus I agree with you completely, although I was having doubts with Clark’s overkill fear of heights, and the amount of drama going on with all the characters was beginning to wear me thin.

  • Smallville=EPIC

    Whiiiich is exactly what happened, lol

  • Gabriel

    and now we have arrow!

  • BOB

    Bet the writer feels like a dumbass now. Arrow did get a spinoff, might even get another show or 2 in the same universe. That being said. Unlikely any Smallville characters would do spinoff for that universe. Not happening sorry.

  • Earl Docks

    the Smallville Poster really looks great, but i feel like it’ll be a reboot rather than a sequel/prequel or spinoff.