Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is now out for the world to enjoy and/or criticize, and still poised to make millions this Easter weekend. Let's take a quick look at what the original cast and the first live action incarnation of the Justice League that was introduced during the 10 years Smallville was on TV.
Tom Welling - Clark Kent/Superman
Tom Welling made a name for himself when he took on the role of Clark Kent in 2001, to many fans he became personified with the character Clark Kent. So much so that when Warner Bros. announced they were starting production of Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh, many fans suggested it should have been Tom Welling to play the role of Superman.
Since the tenth and final season aired way back in 2011, Tom has appeared in a few movies. Most recently Draft Day with Kevin Costner and the JFK assassination drama Parkland, but he is better remembered for his role in the Steve Martin comedies, Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
Justin Hartley - Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
After the failed attempted to launch the Smallville spin off series Aquaman in 2006 by the Smallville creators. Justin joined the cast as Oliver Queen that same year and was quickly promoted to series regular.
After Smallville, Justin stayed busy with many appearances in popular shows like Chuck, Castle, Revenge and of course his recurring role in the day time soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Alan Ritchson - Arthur "AC" Curry/Aquaman
Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman was introduced to the series in the season five episode titled Aqua. He returned for the first team up of a live action version of the Justice League in the season six of Smallville in the episode titled Justice.
Alan Ritchson like Justin Hartley have been very busy since their Smallville days. Appearing in many TV Shows and movies. Most notably his role as Raphael in both the first and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also landed a role as a tribute in Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in my opinion the best of the series.
Kyle Gallner - Bart Allen/Impulse
With so many rights, characters and obstacles needing to be overcome to include the Flash in Smallville, creators were eventually given permission to include a speedster in their series, but not the one they hoped for. They got Bart Allen a.k.a. Impulse, which in DC comics is better known for being Kid Flash. He made his Smallville debut in season four in the episode called Run. After season six, he appeared at least once per season until the series finale.
One of the few actors in the Smallville version of the Justice League that had a very established acting career prior to their appearance on the show. Kyle has since appeared in Jan, The Walking Dead, Play It Again, Dick, and Outsiders.
Lee Thompson Young - Victor Stone/Cyborg
Cyborg made his TV debut during the season five episode titled Cyborg in 2006. The origin story of his scientist parents using him as a lab experiment was not exactly used for the series, but instead they decided to make him the prisoner being experimented by Luthorcrop's Cynthechnics division.
Lee went on to start in the hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles where he was a series regular. Sadly, on August 19th, 2013, Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment after he failed to show to a taping of Rizzoli & Isles. His manager at the time stated, and was later confirmed by police, that after a battle with depression and bipolar disorder, Young had committed suicide.
Other notable heroes that made appearances during Smallville's 10 season run:
- Laura Vandervoort - Kara El/Supergirl
- Michael Shanks - Carter Hall/Hawkman
- Alaina Huffman- Dinah Lance/Black Canary
- Phil Morris - John Jones/Martian Manhunter
- Britt Irvin - Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl