[Update: Michael Rosenbaum Returns For ‘Smallville’ Finale]

Prepare the tissues (or your celebratory attire), because the date of the Smallville series finale has been revealed. Clark Kent will take his final steps and fulfill his destiny in a two-hour television event on May 13th.

While Supernatural fans may initially be upset to hear that Smallville’s final episode will be pre-empting any adventures with the Winchester brothers that week, I’m sure they’ll understand how long Smallville fans have been waiting for this – 10 years, to be specific.

Even though we sit three and a half months away from saying farewell to Clark, Lois, Oliver, Tess and (hopefully) Lex, there’s still much work that needs to be done in order for Clark Kent to become Superman. From the beginning of Smallville season 10, fans were hoping to see Clark make his final transformation earlier within the season and not wait until the final episode. Despite Clark technically flying in last week’s episode Collateral,” it  unfortunately appears that he will not fully become the Man of Steel until the finale.

You can read The CW’s announcement below:

“The story of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his journey to become the Man of Steel has captivated audiences for a decade.  This final season, Clark attempts to find a balance between saving the world, which becomes even more difficult as the Vigilante Registration Act separates a nation, and spending time with his new fiancée Lois Lane (Erica Durance).  Whether it’s donning glasses as a disguise, changing in a phone booth or learning how to fly, this season has put Clark closer to his destiny than ever before.  Taking on Darkseid and battling the darkest of his demons, this two-hour event will send Clark soaring towards his birthright to secure his place in history as the world’s greatest protector.”

Preparing for a Smallville series finale that has been ten years in the making is no small task. Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have taken on the arduous task wholeheartedly, here’s what they have to say:

“Paying homage to 10 seasons is no small task, and wrapping up each character and story arc has been extremely important to everyone involved in the show. We’re excited to be able to make the final moments of SMALLVILLE a television event, as the character we’ve grown up with makes his legendary transformation.”

Despite Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort) and Zod (Callum Blue) returning for one of the final five episodes, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll appear in this two-hour television event. Of course, there’s one person whose appearance would not only be welcomed, but would also help provide a wonderful sendoff for the series. You guessed it, Michael Rosenbaum.

With less than half of the episodes left for Smallville season 10, it’s hard to know exactly what the series finale will look like and where the plot will be focused (besides Clark becoming Superman). Fortunately, this past season has been executed almost perfectly, so whatever they have in store for the fans will most certainly be a joy to watch.

The Smallville series finale will air May 13 @8pm, on The CW.

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