Michael Rosenbaum Will Return For ‘Smallville’ Finale! [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 11th, 2011 at 9:32 pm,

michael rosenbaum lex luthor Michael Rosenbaum Will Return For Smallville Finale! [Updated]

Any speculation about Michael Rosenbaum’s involvement in the final season of Smallville can come to an end. It has been revealed that Rosenbaum officially turned down a guest starring role in the Smallville series finale [Update: Wrong! Rosenbaum IS returning for the Smallville finale! Details below]

From the first mention of Smallvilles final season, fans of the series have been making one continuous request, well, plea: bring Michael Rosenbaum back as Lex Luthor. Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have remained optimistic throughout and both Peterson and Souders had previously hinted that talks with Rosenbaum had been progressing.

Unfortunately, while it appears that Peterson and Souders have attempted numerous times at securing Michael Rosenbaum’s return to the series (including the Smallville season 10 premiere), the reality is that Rosenbaum has repeatedly dismissed their offer – as he wants to focus on other aspects of his career.

Entertainment Weekly cites a source that says:

“He has put the show behind him and moved on. He’s pursuing his other creative outlet [writing]. By all indications, he is not going to be involved.”

While I’m sure that this news will certainly upset boisterous fans, one can’t the deny the difficulties that Rosenbaum must face in his attempt to progress his career past Smallville. After seven years in the role of Lex Luthor, the notion of simply stepping into a new role can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible.

Rosenbaum’s interest in focusing on his creative writing might bemuse many but he has made some significant progress in that respect. With one series, Saved by Zeroes, still in development at Syfy and the upcoming release of his short film GHILD with David Yarovesky, Rosenbaum has showed that he has, in fact, been actively pursuing writing and not been simply sitting around doing nothing.

You can view the trailer for GHILD below:

Even though Rosenbaum has turned down the offer to return to Smallville, there is still some time left for him to change his mind. How much time, you ask? Around two weeks. After that, filming of the series finale will begin and the entire production of Smallville will be wrapped by the end of next month.

So, if Peterson and Souders have any tricks up their sleeves (or any extra money laying around), they still have time to make one final move at bringing Michael Rosenbaum back to the series. If for no other reason than to provide a realistic conclusion to the odd Tess Mercer/growing Lex Luthor plot line.

[Update: Perhaps in result to the Twitter rage against Rosenbaum not returning to Smallville, Ausiello has confirmed that Michael Rosenbaum will return as Lex Luthor for the Smallville series finale! Here’s what he had to say to TV Line]

“I’m delighted to return for the series finale. I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha… I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.”

There you have it. Fans get what they wanted and Smallville can end on the highest note possible! We applaud Rosenbaum’s appreciation of the fans. (Special shout out to @EthanMyers007 on Twitter for alerting us to this.)


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Source: Entertainment Weekly, GHILD

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  1. I hear what you both say, and there will be a huge void in television once Smallville does end, but I felt the same with the likes of Quantum Leap (which should’ve gone on for longer) and NYPD Blue.

    Eventually there will be another show that we will all love that will show the quality and lastability that Smallville has

    • Quantum Leap kept going for me, 2 years ago I started writing a new series, a sequel to the original show. I only write 3 full episodes but planned out nearly 4 13 episode seasons.

      I brought Dr Sam Beckett home.

      • Yep, Quantum Leap was hard to beat alright.
        I loved that show & i know alot of people were very disappointed with how it ended & I’m probably in the minority here but I was actually quite satisfied with the Quantum Leap finale.
        To find out that Sam could of gone home at anytime but ultimately choose not to so he could carry on being a force for good in the universe. It gave his adventures so much more meaning. And Al got the perfect happy ending, even if it did represent a continuity nightmare.
        It was everything I wanted for the finale. OK, it was very bittersweet in that Sam never did make it home but they did a great job of explaining why in my opinion.
        Also, I’m really glad it lasted as long as it did. I imagine if they’d try to make a show like that today it would be lucky to make it past one full season in today’s fickle climate.
        But who knows DrSam, in today’s world of endless reboots, reimaginings & remakes the return of Quantum Leap might be on the cards:-)

        • Mine was a continuation and a reboot at the same time, I fleshed out the concept and made it more modern, I made Sam the hologram, and his daughter Cally the leaper.

        • I was disappointed at the way it ended, but it was still a great finale.

          • It was a great finale, very clever and very sad, and for the time it was made, very brave indeed. To end on a downbeat note like that.

  2. This is by far the best news I’ve heard all year, although it be a short year. I was kinda bummed yesterday when I heard Lex wasn’t coming back even though I respect the man for his choice. I don’t care how long he’s been negotiating I’m just happy as heck he’s back. Thank you Michael, You just made me and all my friends day. We all love you. But the sad part of it all is that this is the last episode. Looks like I’ll be watching a ton of Smallville on DVD. Thanks for the memories guys.

  3. Count me in as another one who liked the Quantum Leap finale.
    I thought it was a very poignant, even powerful episode.

  4. I guess Sorority Boys 2 fell through, good decision Michael! Okay I have to stop being mean lol I’m happy he is back for the finale. Now I feel complete :)

  5. Way to go guys. All it took was lots and lots of whining, bitching, complaining, and a few thousand death threats. That was too easy. :)

  6. Although I have to admit I was seriously disappointed to hear MR would not return to Smallville for the Finale, I can understand his reasons. He has moved onwards and upwards, and fortunately has managed to stay out of the “typecast Actor” saga! I watched the GHILD trailer weeks ago, it is awesome work, and am hoping to go to the opening in support of Michael and his work.

    I was more disappointed in the fans that wanted to act like spoiled children and not applaud him for what he has accomplished! It seemed as though there was a standoff between them, with no compromise!

    As I watched Smallville Friday (it was a big step up from previous episodes) I was thinking about how the Finale would be without MR, as he is the BEST LEX ever, and that includes ALL the Superman Movies! As a matter of fact I watched the Chris Reeves Superman Movies yesterday and sorry, Lex just didn’t measure up. I think it is hard to see anyone else as Lex. MR did an excellent job.

    Well, I can only say that the Les on Smallville has had many facets to his personality. I could Love and Hate him in the same show. It hasn’t been the same without him. The last Lex ( on the Fall Episode) was so obviously not right it was sad. I was scared to think of who would portray him in the Finale. I am really looking forward to seeing MR portray Lex as the cold,calculating, bad ass he is meant to be! ( any chance he will be in the movie??? Probably not, as it is they are sporting a British Import for our American Icon, Superman)

    • Lisa,

      I agree he’s the best Lex ever… but there’s such a thing as showing appreciation for your roots… would anybody really know who MR is if it wasn’t for Smallville… for heaven’s sake, Terri Hatcher, who doesn’t owe anything to the show, agreed to do a cameo, just as a love note to her fans from Lois and Clark and Superman fans in general… she certainly didn’t need the money or the prestige… I thought that was classy…

      But enough of this already… he’s agreed to do it… I think its the right thing to do… lets put this behind us and look forward to a great finale…

      • As did Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, if they could take the time, well anyone could. And I thought it was great of Teri Hatcher to appear as Lois’s mom. She didnt have to do that.

        • Not to beat a dead horse here… but I think every incarnation has paid homage to what came before… the original Lois from the 50′s was in the first Donner movie… the original Jimmy Olsen from the 50′s appeared on Lois and Clark and was a bartender in Superman Returns… in one of the Smallville box sets they bring four Jimmy’s together to discuss the part… and of course Mr. Reeves and Ms. Kidder…

          It just shows that obviously none of these shows exists in a vacuum, it has been done before… and done well, otherwise they wouldn’t reod a failed idea… Superman lives… no sooner than Smallville will end then the new movie franchise will begin, hopefully more successful than the last movie…

          • Be nice if Tom Welling had a cameo in the new Superman movie… If he just walks past the new Clark and Lois, something like that.
            Smallville also had the Jimmy from the Donner movies didnt it? He was Dax-Ur.

            • That would be great… they won’t do it of course because so many people want him to play the lead… lol…

              If the CW was smart, they’d leave some little something unresolved at the finale… to spur interest in a future Smallville TV movie… let it sit for a few months (hope the new Superman movie bombs) then announce plans for a Smallville miniseries…

              I’m sure the Smallville finale will be their highest rated show ever… they might want to see if they can do that again in a year or two…

              Probably just wishful thinking…

              • I’d hope they would leave the option out there to do a tv movie somewhere down the line, or even direct to DVD. That is certainly an option, imagine if they did a Green Arrow direct to dvd movie, that would be awesome!

                • @ Dr. Sam…

                  Don’t get me wrong I like Justin Hartley he’s great, but when he first came on board they did some shows with Green Arrow as the A-plot and I think I heard the viewership was down, so they quit it… so I think the green Arrow spin-off is a non-starter… I guess people watch Superman… for Superman… But man I love this cast, if anyone got them together anytime anyplace I’d tune in… I thought no one could be Lois Lane but Terri Hatcher, but man Erica Durance has got it pegged…

              • @ Tom

                Lol you’re the only hoping the Superman reboot bombs. One of co-workers from work talked like its bound to be another soap opera like Superman Returns,in his words anyways. With what i read that they had about what they wanna do in the film, they might aswell have film be connected to Smallville & some of its cast. Imo they would already have three great actors for the film since it takes place in Superman’s early years, easy to work with after Smallville’s finale. After all it’s a reboot & i bet the general audience would go for it besides Smallville fans. If possible, id bet every DC comic item i own on it.

                • @ Tom

                  I meant to say you’re not the only one,lol. Gettin tired here now.

                • I’m willing to bet the Smallville finale is better than the new Superman movie.

                • @ Wally

                  Yeah, when I saw the last Superman movie I thought “of all the actors in Hollywood this is the guy they pick to play the man of steel, come on”… and the plot Superman has a son… good god…

                  Smallville’s been going for ten years… there’s a reason for that… do the finale… wow everybody… then take a short sabatacle to get people wanting more, and then put them all back together… hey stranger things have happened…

                  • @ Tom

                    I dunno, i thought Brandon Routh was good. Problem wasn’t him imo, it was the script Singer had with it’s plot that was too silmiar to Donnor’s original in more ways than one & like you said Superman havin a kid. Singer & WB should of known that wouldn’t gone over with the fans very well. I was even more shocked of how the kid would be removed from the franchise if Singer returned for a sequel which would put a stain on Superman’s name. So far from what i read about the reboot, it pretty much sounds lame. Like alot of people i thought this reboot should follow from how Smallville’s finale ending ends.

                    • I thought Routh was pretty good as well. The last movie was just too bland, to much drama. I just don’t get why they can’t do Superman justice. The stories are already there (as DrSam has pointed out numerous times) and the CGI is there; so what the heck is the problem? I just wish Chris Nolan would hold off on the biopic and just do a Superman movie.

  7. This will be extremly exciting
    and I can’t wait to see the best Lex Luthor ever, acting one more time!

  8. I am so geeked about seeing the real Lex back SSSSSSWWWWEEEEEEEETTTTTT (SWEET)

  9. Love all the back pedalling from he is the biggest jerk into the world to oh my god what a saint :D

    • No one said he was a saint. In fact I think may people noted the shallowness of his comments, we are happy he is coming back, but I dont think anyone is under the delusion he did it for anything other than money, or the fact he would be dead to fans if he hadnt.

    • I sucked it up and apologized… I admit I went a little off… however I am not convinced that his agreement wasn’t sparked in some small way by fan rage… George Takei apparently hated William Shatner and didn’t want to do Star Trek at some point, but he was smart enough to know he didn’t want to be known as “the guy who quit Star Trek”… I think there’s more than a little to that in MR’s decision…

      • As did I Tom. I apologised. But I agree that fan rage was part of his decision, the backlash aimed at him on twitter was epic! And if he hadnt done it then he couldnt have gone to conventions anymore, he’d have been booed off stage.
        And rightly so.
        But he is doing the Finale, so everything is right with the world.

  10. Thank You Michael! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! While i hate to see the show end soon, at the sametime i can’t wait for series finale. Especially when Michael Rosenbaum returns as Lex. And (Beacon) was good episode.

    • I feel the same, this 2 hour finale is going to be amazing, but at the same time it will be the last ever Smallville. I’m not sure I’m ready for that just yet…

  11. I don’t understand why the network doesn’t spinsoff a Superman tv series. With the way these days every other Hollywood production is a superhero movie and with all the superhero TV series in pre-production right now you would think TV is ripe for a Superman series.

  12. I really hope the network will consider this a real possibility in the near future, if not airing a few Smallville/METROPOLIS 2-hour movie specials next year & beyond would be great too! still don’t understand
    why didn’t go with Tom Welling for the new Superman reboot movie?

    • Y know Gina… nothing succeeds like success… if they get their biggest audience ever for the finale… how does the network brass square it that they’re cancelling the thing… I think Tom Welling and Erica Durance have both fielded the question “is this really the last year” with “you never know, its up to the fans”… so if they get mega numbers, there will be some pressure to make “Metropolis”… don’t hold your breath, these are the same execs that pushed back the mid season premiere to run their Vampire show… but the CW doesn’t have so many hits that they couldn’t fit it in their lineup…

  13. Although this is a Smallville thread, I have to agree with all positive things said on Quantum Leap.

    It transcended it’s concept in so many ways and was so much more than the sum of it’s parts. Yes there was a sadness in the finale but it was too low key for me, a show like that deserved a bigger ending – like Smallville will get. I felt there was more than enough mileage for another 3-4 seasons, from the evil leaper, to the timeline Sam travels in, all these things could have been expanded so much more. After all the good that Sam does it would’ve been more fitting to have him return home.

    I just fear that any reboot/reimaging of the show, would just focus more on the sci fi aspect with flashy effects and younger, prettier but less talented actors. It would probably lack all the heart from the original show.

  14. I love the cast of Smallville. They had a perfect ensemble with the older actors like Annete and the two Johns and the three newcomers: Welling, Kreuk and Rosenbaum. To me those six made Smallville what it was and constantly delivered an excellent product through the years. Now I see John Glover, John Schneider and Annette O’toole coming back and everything is gravy. If there was a Superman spinoff I want to see those 6 actors there. Of course Allison, Durance and Justin have grown their importance and their roles thru the years but those six will always be the crop of Smallville. The biggest hurdle I see for a spinoff is we have a Lex Luthor that doesn’t wants to shave his head and a Superman that doesn’t likes to wear the costume. ;)

  15. Thank you Michael.

    You were the best Lex I’ve ever seen on screen, and I’m glad you’re coming back for the finale.

    Sorry about the shaving though, I know that can get annoying.

    (he’ll probably never read this, but anyways)

  16. @Superdude
    That’s probably why they are reluctant to do a Metropolis spinoff: no Michael Rosenbaum and Welling has to wear the tights. Also, if they did decide to do a spinoff with another actor, Clark/Superman must be the confident hero we all know from the comics; none of this soul-searching that has gone on for 10 years.

    • I also see a lot of potential storylines on some things that are going to stay unresolved after the finale like the raising of Conner Kent and the faith of Lana Lang plus people dying to see this generation’s Superman for more than a chapter or a couple of minutes; whichever it will be(to me the definitive Superman will always be Welling, costume or no-costume.) I also love the alternate reality words that they have brought this season that give the opportunity to bring back dead characters like Lionel & Johnathan. I don’t watch much TV but I don’t think I’ve ever been as hooked to a TV show as I’ve been to Smallville for the past 6 years and its going to be sad when it finally ends.

  17. Thank you Michael from sweden, the best ever Lex is coming back. Rosenbaum is one of the reason that i watch smallville. It started whit clark and lex, and it going to end whit clark and lex. Lovley.


  18. ugh, :( meant to say “fate” not “faith”

  19. Slightly unrelated but I thought that they should have just turned Oliver Queen/Green Arrow into Lex Luthor. Remember when Oliver killed Lex, didnt he have the ring that Lionel Luthor had to taht enabled Lionel to transfer bodies with Clark? I thought that it would have been a great idea to turn Green Arrow into Lex Luthor. I mean think about it, just shave Green Arrow’s head or give him a bald cap and you have another Lex right there.

    That would have been an easy way to get Lex back on the show for longer than just an episode.

    • Sorry, not to be a super nerd, but Lionel never had a ring that transferred his body with Clark. That was one of the three stones that Clark was searching for in season 4 that created his fortress.
      The ring the Oliver had was the ring that Lex had on his hand when Oliver killed Lex. Oliver picked it up in the wreckage and kept it. So there wouldn’t really be a way to turn Oliver/Green Arrow into the new Lex Luther.
      Good idea, but you have the stone and the ring confused. :)