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 Smallville's 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.)
Smallville airs Friday @8pm, on The CW