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5 DC Comics Characters That Could Be Awesome on the Small Screen

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:30PM
DeadmanLate last week, Deadline broke the news that Eric Kripke, creator of 'Supernatural,' was developing a small-screen adaptation of the comic book 'Deadman' for The CW, presumably to fill the Superman-sized gap left by 'Smallville' after the show wrapped its 10th and final season this May.

Over the course of the last decade, many successors to 'Smallville' have been mooted for the network (and its predecessor, The WB), from a rumored "young Batman" series to a failed 'Aquaman' pilot, the short-lived 'Birds of Prey' series and the more recent 'Raven,' which has seemingly stalled in development hell. Another iconic DC property, 'Wonder Woman,' just crashed and burned at NBC after the cheesetastic pilot stripped everything likable from the character, which further illustrates that name-recognition alone is not enough to sustain a show.

On the surface, 'Deadman' seems like a curious choice for a standalone series -- the character is little-known outside fan circles, and the storyline (murdered circus performer possesses others' bodies to bring his killers to justice, while helping those he inhabits to solve problems in their own lives) has already drawn inevitable comparisons to 'Quantum Leap'.

But a lack of brand awareness can sometimes be a blessing instead of a curse, allowing producers to forge their own path in shaping a character, rather than being married to fans' expectations as 'Smallville' was. In my mind, there are numerous other DC properties perfectly suited for a CW adaptation -- read on for my top five suggestions.

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Clark Finally Dons the Superman Costume in the 'Smallville' Series Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 12:32AM
'Smallville' - 'Finale'Fans of 'Smallville' (Fri., 8PM ET on The CW) have waited ten years for Clark Kent to don the classic blue-and-red costume. The creators had promised that their version of Clark would never fly, or wear the costume. But, perhaps when they said that they didn't expect the show to run for a decade.

Nevertheless, Clark finally got over his insecurities and learned to embrace both sides of his heritage. As such, Jor-El presented him with the classic Superman costume while Darkseid helped him realize his ability to fly.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 21 (Series Finale) Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 14th 2011 2:30PM
smallville finale['Smallville' – 'Finale']

'Smallville' ended its ten-season run with an alternately exciting and disappointing finale, which, if you think about it, suits the series perfectly.

The show has always offered a consistent mix of the inspiring and the awful, even from the perspective of a Superman/comic book fan like me.

I loved seeing this story come to life on the tube, and, in some ways, this modern re-telling of Superman's early years was more thrilling and fun than almost any other Superman origin tale. But, at its heart, 'Smallville' was always a sappy teen soap loaded with clunky sci-fi/fantasy mythology elements.

The show carried on in that often clumsy, unsophisticated vein all the way to the end, but there's one thing 'Smallville' always got right – the depiction of Clark Kent as a beacon of light for all humanity.

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'Smallville': The 10 Most Memorable Moments

by Mike Moody, posted May 13th 2011 12:00PM
smallville series finale
After ten seasons and hundreds of super, strange and shirtless moments, 'Smallville' is coming to an end. The two-hour series finale, featuring the highly anticipated return of Michael Rosenbaum as bald baddie Lex Luthor, airs tonight (8PM ET on The CW). Are you excited? 'Cause we're excited. Super excited! (Yeah, I went there).

We couldn't let Clark Kent's swan song pass us by without celebrating 'Smallville' one last time. So in honor of one of the longest running genre TV series ever, here's a list of our 10 most memorable 'Smallville' moments. Feel free to share your most memorable 'Smallville' moments in the comments section.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 19 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 1st 2011 3:30PM
smallville dominion['Smallville' – 'Dominion']

'Dominion,' like some of the most memorable episodes of 'Smallville,' was a mixed bag of geeky fun, melodramatic nonsense, and silly ideas stolen from other, better TV shows and movies.

But, unfortunately for first-time director Justin Hartley (aka Oliver Queen), this week's episode was more clumsy and over-the-top than it was memorable.

Sure, there were important bits about Oliver and his spooky connection to Darkseid, and about how Lois will stand by Clark through anything, but 'Dominion' was mostly chock full of cheese. It felt like the meaty bits were few and far between or piled on at the end, making things feel pretty uneven

But, hey, at least we got to see Callum Blue return to gnaw the scenery as the ever-sniveling Kryptonian baddie, Zod.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 18 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 23rd 2011 12:40PM
smallville booster recap['Smallville' – 'Booster']

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Superdouche!

This week's fun and extra-goofy episode of 'Smallville' brought another C-list comic book superhero to the small screen – the shallow and swaggering Booster Gold.

Fans of the show may not have been clamoring to see "Booster Boy" come to shining life as he did here, but the gloated guardian's guest spot proved oddly appropriate as the show nears its end and Clark Kent steps closer to becoming Superman.

This was another episode penned by Geoff Johns, the acclaimed comic book scribe behind two of the series' most memorable outings (Season 8's 'Legion' and last year's 'Absolute Justice'). Johns' episodes are a special treat for both 'Smallville' fans and fans of DC Comics lore. The man has a knack for transporting comic book heroes to TV with most of their quirks, personality and integrity intact. Johns also loves lacing his 'Smallville' scripts with sly comic book references that, surprisingly, tend to add to the story instead of merely calling attention to themselves.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 17 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 16th 2011 11:15PM
smallville kent['Smallville' - 'Kent']

'Smallville' is back! All hail Ultraman!

This week's episode, titled 'Kent,' was a worthy follow-up to last December's fun and twisted Earth-2 romp, 'Luthor.'

It's always a blast when Clark Luthor comes to town. These episodes give star Tom Welling a chance to cut loose a little and to unleash his inner Nicholas Cage by playing the malevolent and dangerous Ultraman.

Clark Luthor felt a little more restrained here than he did when we last saw him. I guess it's hard to keep acting like an entitled and self-important superdouche when everyone in the world is trying to kill you.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 8 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 14th 2010 3:10PM
smallville abandoned['Smallville' – 'Abandoned']

Dark secrets were revealed and more questions were answered in this week's episode of 'Smallville.' The ep was titled 'Abandoned,' but a more appropriate title would have been, 'Mistakes My Parents Made.'

Let's start with one of the biggest revelations of the night (for me anyway). We finally learned why Jor-El is such a jerk! Turns out that the original Jor-El (played by guest star Julian Sands) stripped the computer program version of himself of frailties and failures – meaning he turned himself into a cold and calculating machine incapable of real emotion or understanding.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 6th 2010 12:00PM
smallville ambush['Smallville' – 'Ambush']

Lois and Clark's post-coital bliss was interrupted by a surprise visit from Lucy and the General on this week's episode of 'Smallville.'

While Clark dealt with the General's hero hate and worked on finishing his strict to-do list (No. 17: Scrub the bathroom floor with a toothbrush!), Rick Flag, who's developed a pretty intense Magneto complex, and his Suicide Squad executed a deadly plan to kill Lois' dad and the Vigilante Registration Act.

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Why a Sequel Series to 'Smallville' Is a Bad Idea

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 5th 2010 1:35PM
SmallvilleIn a recent review of 'Smallville,' TV Squad's Mike Moody referenced an online article which mentioned the possibility of giving the show an 11th season.

Having an 11th season of 'Smallville,' or even bringing the characters back for a sequel series (whether it's called 'The Adventures of Superman' or 'Metropolis' or whatever comes to mind), is a bad idea. And here are four reasons why:

1. The premise. Once Clark has come of age and adopted his superhero identity, you have a show that was already done in the '90s. It was called 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' and focused on the Lois/Clark relationship (both stars of the aforementioned series, Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, have appeared on 'Smallville'). Granted, 'Smallville' has somewhat developed the relationship since Lana left, but the primary concept behind the show remains Clark's growth into Superman. Once he puts on the tights and cape, we have yet another television remake. While ideas get recycled all the time on the tube, this one seems like a pointless and unnecessary rehash.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 6 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 30th 2010 3:15PM
smallville harvest['Smallville' – Harvest']

A clan of killer cultists made trouble for Lois and Clark, and Tess discovered Alexander's dark side on last night's episode of 'Smallville.'

Erica Durance's spirited performance was the best thing about this ep's goofy A plot, which featured a blue kryptonite-lovin' religious cult bent on sacrificing Lois to their vengeful god. Durance's eyes and voice really sold the terror in Lois' heart when she was stuck under that raging blue fire and surrounded by an army of Cletuses and Jebediahs.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 5 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 23rd 2010 3:00PM
smallville isis recap['Smallville' – 'Isis']

Hey there, 'Smallville' junkies, how about we discuss those season 11 rumors currently circling the web before jumping into 'Isis?'

As far as I can tell, the the buzz stems from a recent panel interview with show runners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. When asked if season 10's good ratings and reviews could inspire The CW to greenlight an eleventh season of 'Smallville,' Peterson responded by saying, "I can't say it's the first time the words 'season 11' have creeped up this year."

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 4 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 16th 2010 6:40PM
smallville homecoming recap['Smallville' – 'Homecoming']

Clark took a stroll through the past (and the future) as 'Smallville' reached another milestone – it's 200th episode – and The Blur finally learned what it takes to be a Superman.

'Homecoming' was a fun and emotional ride. It was also warm, compelling and pretty easy to follow – which is rarely the case when shows zip back and forth through time more than Bill & Ted in a broken phone booth (hello, 'The Event').

We finally learned the true source of Clark's darkness: He holds on to the past and fears the future. Makes sense, I guess (if you don't think about it too much). Brainiac 5 (a game James Marsters) showed up give Clark a big push forward into Superman territory while teaching him that "heroes are made in the moment, not from questioning the past or fearing what's to come."

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'Smallvile' Season 10, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 9th 2010 2:10PM
smallville supergirl['Smallville' – 'Supergirl']

Fying lessons! Superhero confessions! Bondage gear! This is shaping up to become one of the best and most enjoyable seasons of 'Smallville' ever. It's too bad Clark will be flying away from our TV screens for good at the end of it, but at least the show is going out on a high note with more fun stories and scenes inspired by its DC Comics source material.

Two of the most important women in Clark's life returned to Metropolis last night – Lois and Kara. Seeing Lois show up at the press conference at the start of the episode was a big relief. I don't think anyone wanted to sit through another handful of episodes with Clark pining away as she went on some dubious African adventure.

In a twist to the classic Superman story, Kara revealed her superpowers to the world before Clark even learned how to fly. This development might bug comic book fans, but it worked here and it reminded us that Clark is still a hero in training (despite looking like a 37-year-old man!).

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 2nd 2010 12:45PM
smallville shield['Smallville' - 'Shield']

It looked as if 'Smallville' was speeding straight back to standalone story territory this week after last Friday's dark season premiere, but 'Shield' had a lot more to offer than the average "Clark vs. the freak-of-the-week" plot.

First off, the episode delivered an iconic villain with DC Comics baddie Deadshot/Floyd Lawton (Bradley Stryker). Deadshot wasn't the only comic book character who leaped from the funnypages and onto the screen this week. We also got a visit from conservative cutie Cat Grant (Keri Lynn Pratt) and saw the return of Carter Hall/Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Rick Flag (Ted Whittal) and Bette/Plastique (Jessica Parker Kennedy).

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