Marvel Eying DC Superman Tom Welling for New Superhero Role?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm,

Tom Welling Marvel Studios Marvel Eying DC Superman Tom Welling for New Superhero Role?

Tom Welling’s Clark Kent is only three short days from embracing his destiny as Superman in the Smallville series finale – scheduled to air as a two hour event this Friday. With ten seasons of DC superhero mythos under his belt, what’s next for the Abercrombie & Fitch model turned high-profile actor/director/producer?

Answer: If a new report is to be believed – more superhero action; but this time at rival comic book house Marvel Studios.

According to What’s Playing, Marvel Studios is eyeing Welling for a potential role in one of their upcoming comic book to film adaptation properties – now that the actor is free from saving Metropolis and has started looking at future projects. There’s no doubt that the news will both excite and confuse Smallville and superhero lovers alike – especially if you’re a die-hard fan of one or the other comic book universe.

However, it’s especially interesting to hear that Marvel is interested in Welling who, aside from his time as Clark Kent, isn’t exactly experienced in headlining feature-films – with only three movie appearances to his name: Rupert Wainwright’s 2005 remake of John Carpenter’s The Fog as well as two rounds as Charlie Baker in the Steve Martin franchise, Cheaper by the Dozen. Granted Welling has a sizable following from his work at the CW but Marvel has proven they’re capable of landing high-profile, house-hold name-type, movie stars for their superhero roles.

Tom Welling Cheaper By The Dozen Marvel Eying DC Superman Tom Welling for New Superhero Role?Unlike superhero feature films (which require real-world feel and epic action), Smallville thrives on its oftentimes campy interpretation of the DC superhero world (see last Friday’s episode “Prophecy” which once again featured the return of Chris Gautheir as the Toyman). As a result, it’s not immediately apparent how Welling’s sometimes hammy superhero act and “boyish” good looks would translate to the blockbuster filmscape – especially without a different type of role (maybe one that actually showcases his acting talent) to serve as a buffer between iconic superhero appearances. The discrepancy between what works in comic book films, as opposed to TV series, was likely a contributing factor in Bryan Singer’s choice to leave Welling in TV land – after the actor tested for Superman: Returns.

That said, it’s not that Welling couldn’t do it, since he’s definitely playing to the CW audience on Smallville; however, looking at the current slate of Marvel properties the studio has en route (in some form) - Deathlok, Ant ManIron FistDoctor Strange, Heroes for Hire, and Runawaysit’s hard to know exactly where Welling would fit in. In the current cinescape, studios market a film with either a high-profile actor or a well-known property, so it’s unlikely that Marvel would offer Welling a headlining role in a lesser-known superhero vehicle – since it’d be especially hard to market the project.

As a result, should Marvel actually coax Welling into a rival superhero role – it’d be easier to believe he’d be a member of a team (as in Runaways) – as opposed to a one man show (like Deathlok or Iron Fist). Though, who would have thought relative unknown (pre-Star Trek) Chris Hemsworth would make such a successful leading-man in a riskier superhero film like Thor?

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick — and let us know which Marvel property you’d like to see sign Welling.

Tom Welling/Clark Kent embraces his destiny (and maybe flies) this Friday in the Smallville series finale.

Source: What’s Playing

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  1. no tights, no flight rule. It was the sole reason why we never saw Clark as Superman, in the real tights and cape, in flight before the season finale. I was kind of let down with the finale, was hoping more of an epic battle between Clark and Darkside, or seeing Clark as Superman spinning Apokolips back out into deep space.

    IMO, i look forward to seeing Tom get into some more meatier roles. Its past time to see him put those acting chops to work. I cant imagine what character he would play in Marvel U though. I would love to see him in a Justice League movie, but its not going to happen. Marvel has been batting a 1000 with their recent movies, totally looking forward to seeing Cap in the theaters. I want to see Tom do different roles. Break away from the super hero genre, do something different. He just needs to land the right role.

  2. Tom Welling is a great actor. He shows range, depth, and nuance. He likes doing action scenes, and looks great. He understands what an audience wants, both as an actor and a director. He would make a wonderful leading man on the big screen in romance, comedy, or action. Anything he chooses to do, I’ll go see (unless it’s religious).

  3. What about Namor? I could see that.

    • ok

  4. i don’t know what to say

  5. Tom Wellimg should do a Superman series. He would be perfect for the part along with the cast of Smallville. The transition between Smallville and Superman had already taken place on the last episode of Smallville, now, the relationship between Clark and Miss Lane needs to continue on. It’s something that the fans of Smallville would like to see continue. You think that Smallville had a huge fan base, see what happens with Superman

  6. i love tom welling and i want to see him in more movies and shows he needs to be he was on a famous long running show for ten years so i realy think and i hope he will be in more movies and tv shows

  7. I am certainly missing seeing Tom Welling on screen. I don’t care if it is the big screen or the little screen, I would love to see him act again. He is a great actor. I think I would like to see him in a comedy or romance, but I’ll take a superhero flick if that’s what he wants to do. Hope he comes back to the screen soon!

  8. I just want to see him act again. Smallville was awesome and he was a big reason for that.

  9. Tom Welling has a great fan base from the CW show “Smallville”. Most of the main characdters from this series should be groomed and step up to the next progression, namely – the Silver Screen. They did a great job, created an excellent fan base, and it would be a new and different approach by taking and following Clark Kent as a Baby through school, and finally for filling the role, by becomming Superman, the man of Steel. At any cost the original main characters should be assembled, replace whatever is allready done in the present movie, and get on with it. Tom Welling is just beginning to bloom as a super star, and he has the potential to cause the movie to be a smash hit. Give him a Chance, it will not be regreted. Yes, I am a fan of Smallville, own all the seasons, and I am about to turn 70 on May 4, 2012. I have a talent for casting and i also have no contacts in the industry. But I would bet everything I have (unfortunately it is not a lot) that if this advise was followed and Tom and most of the crew,with (Michael Rosenbaum a must as Lex,hundreds of millions would be the reward. Thanks, Ed 4/29/2012

  10. I like Tom Welling a lot he’s one of my favorite actors to play superman and smallville is by far one of my favorite shows, and i agree he was a big part of that. It’s interesting because to me the curse of Superman is that the actor who plays him never gets another acting role or at least one thats as big, and now since Marvel is eyeing Tom for something it a little funny to me. Thats probably why i have such a hard time associating him with another superhero i mean Superman is basically the grandfather of Super heroes so who else could he play. Maybe he could be Ant-Man but he obviously doesn’t look like that and we all see him as a superhero that is so much more powerful than that. I guess he could play Doctor Strange if theyre really aiming for a younger take on the character or maybe he’d be one of the inhumans i really don’t know, all i can say is that i love Welling as an actor and as Superman and i hope Marvel does choose him for something.

  11. Tom Welling is the IDEAL person to play the real Comic book version Of Superman!!! he did such a superb job on Smallville. I really believe he is the ONLY suitable candidate. He is super hot looking and he has a wide range of acting capabilities!!!

  12. I couldn’t see Tom Welling acting on the silver screen. To be honest, he isn’t that great an actor. He did well enough on Smallville, but there were numerous times when I just cringed watching him tackle the real deep, emotional stuff . So, I don’t expect to see him on the big screen anytime soon.

    • More your active well not enough on smallville !

  13. Tom welling should play the role of superman

  14. Tom Welling will miss him very much! We hope to see you soon on our TV, Tom is an amazing actor, especially in the part of the villain. TOM addition to being a great man and a great actor just needs to find a good movie. The success of a player depends on a good movie and a good script …… and good luck!! TOM BACK SOON!!

  15. Tom Welling is a good actor but he should move on and forget about Superman because he is very good and has new experiences with an actor. I hope to come back soon to work because the fans are losing PATIENCE!

  16. I for one would have loved to see Tom Welling as Superman again! He is and always will be the face of Superman for me. I think you made a huge mistake by not casting him. I WILL NEVER buy or even watch the new Superman because it’s not Tom Welling.. Same goes for The Arrow TV Show! What happen to Justin Harley? When will you people learn when you already have an established character for a role, DON’T CHANGE IT!

    However to Tom and Justin thank you for all your hard work on the set of Smallville!!! I love you guys and wish you would have gotten the credit you deserved for having a season that lasted for 10 years! Now and Days that’s super difficult unless your some stupid reality TV show.. So Kudos to you both and I hope to see you in some upcoming movies or TV shows..

    SC..

  17. I think Tom Welling would do “Good” at just about anything. He should be the “Star” of the show. He’s a excellent actor. His expressions on his face are sooo good. I haven’t seen an actor that good in a long, long, time. He’s VERY, CONVINCING IN WHATEVER PART HE PLAYS, whether sad, loving or even angry. I loved his acting. I wouldn’t watch Smallville in the beginning because of actor Christopher Reeve. I forgot how I found out about Reeve acting in parts of the movie,but so glad I did, I thought that was a “great idea” putting Christopher Reeve in. Yeah, I wish Tom Welling would be cast in a “Great Part” I think he could do it. He could pull it off with flying colors.

  18. What if Welling played Superboy in a Man of Steel sequel? I think that would be epic! Welling and Cavill look very similar!!! If not Superboy, then maybe Terry Macguinnes from Batman Beyond. Badassery right there.

    Now to the Marvel movies. He would make a good Daredevil sense how Datedevil is getting a reboot. Doctor Stange would be epic as well. I’d like to see him as the Scarlet Spider from the Spiderman comics. Or see him as the 2099 Spiderman, now that would be epic as hell!!!! I’d like to see Welling as Iron Fist as well, but he needs a lead role.

    Daredevil would be best because there was an episode in Smallville where Welling is temporary blinded from an accident while using his heat vision. When I saw this episode I was like, wow he’d make an awesome Matt Murdock/ Daredevil.

    Please Marvel, make Tom Welling the next actor as Daredevil!!!

  19. What if Welling played Superboy in a Man of Steel sequel? I think that would be epic! Welling and Cavill look very similar!!! If not Superboy, then maybe Terry Macguinnes from Batman Beyond. Badassery right there.

    Now to the Marvel movies. He would make a good Daredevil sense how Datedevil is getting a reboot. Doctor Stange would be epic as well. I’d like to see him as the Scarlet Spider from the Spiderman comics. Or see him as the 2099 Spiderman, now that would be epic as hell!!!! I’d like to see Welling as Iron Fist as well, but he needs a lead role.

    Daredevil would be best because there was an episode in Smallville where Welling is temporary blinded from an accident while using his heat vision. When I saw this episode I was like, wow he’d make an awesome Matt Murdock/ Daredevil.

    Please Marvel, make Tom Welling the next actor as Daredevil!!!

  20. Tom welling should play cyclops !!!

  21. I agree Tom Welling would be a great Superman. I would like to see Chloe finally have her super hero come and fly away with her. She has an amazing singing voice she could sing to her Superman they have great chemistry they belong together.

  22. I’d like to see the bad guy in TOM WELLING, Tom is a great actor, now he has to go back to work because 2-year break is too much!

  23. I’d like to see the bad guy in TOM WELLING, Tom is a great actor, now he has to go back to work because 2-year break is too much!

  24. tom welling is simply one of the great nurturing actors i have ever seen.when i saw smallville’s trailer i said this guy …..superman he’s gonna be the worst superman of all time but HE NAILED IT. Now he is my favourite actor second to leonardo de capro…..or maybe first.I cant decide

  25. Remake of Spencer For Hire

  26. Remake of Spencer For Hire.
    He could play the lead role.

  27. tom welling for superman the new film will be a flop garantee it

  28. The CW should make a Metropolis series with Tom Welling and the rest, they even have Kristin in Beauty & the Beast for Lana to guest star. Tom Welling will always be the face of Superman, best Superman ever!!!!

  29. Hi dear let me know good is movies for supermen !