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We recently reported that Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance would be reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane for this year’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover. Among doing so, it was questioned if Michael Rosenbaum would return as well for his role as Lex Luthor and Rosenbaum returned the answer via Twitter on Tuesday, explaining that he was made an offer he absolutely could — and did — refuse. “Friends, many of you have tweeted and asked me about joining the Infinite crossover,” he tweeted. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I’ll just be straight up about this. WB called my agents Friday afternoon when I was in Florida visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. Their offer: No script. No idea what I’m doing. No idea when I’m shooting. Basically no money. And the real kick in the ass: ‘We have to know now.’ My simple answer was ‘Pass.’ I think you can understand why. I hope this answers all of your questions.”
Deadline is reporting that Tom Welling will reprise his Smallville role as Clark Kent for the CW's DC Arrowverse crossover, along with Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh that are already set to portray the character in the crossover. The Arrowverse producers wanted to feature multiple versions of Superman in different time periods during the Infinite Earths event, with Welling, Hoechlin and Routh. Welling was reluctant to reprise his signature role but decided on doing so for the crossover guest stint, reprising his role as Clark Kent and to reveal what happened to the character almost ten years after Smallville. Hoechlin recurs as Superman on Supergirl, while Routh plays Ray Palmer/The Atom on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. “For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it,” Arrow co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim addressed the significance of the casting. “So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.” It is unclear whether Welling will suit up in the Superman costume or only appear as alter ego Clark Kent.