14Tom Welling As Superman

At first, everyone was excited about The CW’s Smallville. A slow burn origin story with the time to really develop America’s Boy Scout? Superman had never really been done properly on screen before and fans were

hopeful the teen drama would get it right-- and it did, depending on who you ask. However, it certainly didn’t help Tom Welling’s leading man status.

Welling had no other roles during his time on the show and waited a good two years before jumping into anything else. Unfortunately, he lacked any major projects for six years after ending his reign as the Original Superhero.

Welling has finally made a new mark on television with Lucifer, but it was a long and winding road back to the spotlight.

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