Superhero television has undergone sweeping changes since Smallville completed its course, nine years ago. A reboot of Smallville with Henry Cavill as Superman seems more than fair now.
The superhero-verse on television was not a very thriving one until Smallville first made its appearance in 2001. Since then, the world has seen superheroes evolve through many versions of the iconic characters. The changing scenario of superhero television, as we know it today, demands better action, plot, and character casting. A Smallville reboot might take up on that when it casts Henry Cavill as its new Superman.
- Demand for a reboot
- Tom Welling vs Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel
- Henry Cavill is the obvious choice
Demand for a reboot
Smallville’s debut on the small screen marked a revolutionizing change in the way American audience perceived superheroes. A fan explained why Smallville was and is still a loved show for many. He wrote on Reddit, “Smallville was a unique thing to the era where live action superhero stuff was very taboo.
It was conceived to catch eyeballs of an audience that wouldn’t normally tune in to a Superman show so it looked like something else. To the casual audience member, many of them probably had no idea it had anything to do with Superman.
But IMO this is what made the early years of the show great. It was grounded without being brooding and dark like the Synderverse and the Rosenbaum/Welling dynamic was the soul of the show.”
Most fans would like to see a reboot that doesn’t tamper with the original show, preferably with a new cast and story.
A fan said on Reddit, “I’d want it to tell a different story, not exactly the same stuff, i.e Clark zooming about for 10 years then he puts on the costume. I’d rather they do a Clark as superboy, or maybe even Conner Kent superboy (maybe as a tie in with the teen titans tv show thats in the works).”
Agreed, people would not want anything to be changed about a show that’s already perfect. That said, Henry Cavill as Superman would, therefore, be the perfect choice to shake things up in the Smallville reboot.
Tom Welling vs Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel
Tom Welling’s performance in Smallville was nothing short of entertaining, albeit one cannot really say “Superman” without thinking of the gorgeous Henry Cavill.
So, who would be the perfect Superman for the Smallville reboot — Henry Cavill or Tom Welling? The original Smallville maintained a “no tights, no flights” policy, which to be honest, would be a disappointment if re-evaluated in today’s superhero television scenario. Superman doesn’t really seem to be fascinating without the iconic bodysuit and we know who really rocks it – Henry Cavill.
Although it’s quite unfair to compare Welling and Cavill in terms of the best representation of Clark Kent, Cavill definitely gives Welling a run for his money with his effortless portrayal of the character.
There is really no contest on who has a better performance popularity score as Superman because Cavill has already had that last laugh. Cavill is a better Man of Steel than Welling and there’s no argument otherwise. If Henry Cavill is chosen for Superman in the Smallville reboot, we can already see it reaching the clouds.
Henry Cavill is the obvious choice
In an interview with Variety, Cavill had said that he would never want to stop playing Superman. He said,
“I’ve always been a fan of Superman. With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation. When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that. Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come.”
He further added, “My life has changed dramatically because of it. And it has given me plenty of opportunity for roles, and yeah, it’s been one of those characters which changed the entire course of my career. I’m incredibly grateful for it, and it’s also taught me a lot about myself.” No other actor but Henry Cavill is better suited to play Superman. It is a shame that Smallville is not in the talks for a reboot yet, but we all know whom to cast as the next Kal-El.
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