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Lex Luthor's mansion is the same mansion used in X-Men 2 (2003) as well as CW's Arrow (2012)
Jensen Ackles, who plays Jason Teague in Season 4, was the second choice to play Clark Kent. If Tom Welling had not accepted the part, the role would have gone to him
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) and Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) are the only regular cast members to appear in all 10 seasons.
After the 15th episode of Season 10 airs, Smallville will take the crown (and the Guinness World Record) for being the longest consecutively running Sci-Fi television serial of all time (10 years without a break). Stargate SG-1 (1997) holds that title with 213 episodes, which Smallville will supersede by 5 episodes by the end of Season 10 (it's final season). Doctor Who however holds the record for the longest running Sci-Fi show in the world, running from 1963 to 2010, with another series starting in 2011, totalling over 700 episodes.
Many series actors and guest stars have had roles in previous film and television versions of the Superman comic: Christopher Reeve (Dr. Virgil Swann) played Superman in Superman (1978) and its three sequels; Terence Stamp (Jor-El) played the Phantom Zone villain General Zod in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980); Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) played Lana Lang in Superman III (1983); Dean Cain (Dr. Curtis Knox) played Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993); Helen Slater (Lara, Clark's mother) played Kara/Supergirl in Supergirl (1984). Marc McClure (Dax-Ur) played Jimmy Olsen in Superman (1978), its three sequels, and Supergirl (1984). Lynda Carter (Moira Sullivan, Chloe's mother) played Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in Wonder Woman (1975) ("Wonder Woman" is, like Superman, a DC Comics superhero). Jeannot Szwarc, who has directed 13 episodes (as of October 2010) also directed Supergirl (1984). Margot Kidder (Bridgette Crosby) played Lois Lane in Superman (1978) and its three sequels. Teri Hatcher (Lois's mother) played Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Also, before she was even cast as Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013), Amy Adams played Jodi Melville
Chloe and Whitney were created specifically for the show (they were never mentioned in the Superman comics). However, in 2003, DC Comics announced that Chloe would be introduced into the Superman comics.
Since the start of the "Superman" comic book, there has been an abundance of characters with the initials "L.L.," including Lex Luthor, Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lori Lemaris, Lucy Lane, Linda Lee, etc. "Smallville" continued that naming tradition with several of the characters created for the show, including Lex's parents, Lionel and Lillian Luthor, his brother, Lucas Luthor, and Lana's parents, Laura and Lewis Lang.
Originally, Tollin/Robbins Productions were planing to do a show that followed the story of a young Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. Since Warner Bros. Studios had decided to do Batman Begins (2005) and didn't wanted the film to compete with a television show, Tollin/Robbins Productions suggested Peter Roth, President of Warner Bros Televisión, to develop a show about a young Clark Kent, which later became "Smallville".
According to DVD commentary, Tom Welling was known to wander around the set muttering under his breath, "Clark is an idiot! He is such an idiot!"
Although he plays the lead character, Tom Welling has admitted in interviews that he is not a fan of the Superman comic books. However, Welling believed his lack of knowledge on the character mythology actually helped his portrayal of Clark.
Twin brothers Shawn Ashmore and Aaron Ashmore both appear in the show throughout the seasons. Shawn as Eric Summers in Leech (Season 1) and Asylum (Season 3), and then Aaron as Jimmy Olsen from Season 6 on.
In almost all the episodes the title of the episode is said somewhere in the show.
A group of fans of the series launched an unsuccessful online campaign to petition for the casting of Tom Welling as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
Tom Welling is two years older than Brandon Routh who played the adult version of Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
With both Chloe and Lana, Clark is tricked into revealing his abilities in front of them. In Season 4, Alicia sets things up so that Clark will show off his abilities for Chloe, and in Season 6, Lana sets things up so that Clark uses his abilities while she secretly watches.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) is the only actor to appear in all 217 episodes of the series.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan), John Schneider (Jonathan Kent), Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) and John Glover (Lionel Luthor) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.
The longest-running Superman TV series.
Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent), also played Lana Lang in Superman III (1983).
Kristen Bell auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
In each episode Clark can be seen wearing any one of, or a combination of red, yellow and blue; the colours he will one day don as Superman.
In many episodes, Lex Luthor can be seen wearing a purple shirt. This color is one of two usually associated with the character from the comics.
Actors Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum, John Schneider, and Justin Hartley are the only actors to ever appear on the show, who also directed episodes of it as well. Although they did not direct the same amount of course since Welling has directed seven episodes; Mack has directed two; and Rosenbaum, Schneider, and Hartley all directed one episode each during the show's 10 year run.
While starring, Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) also provided the voice of the Flash (Wally West) in Justice League (2001). In Justice League: The Great Brain Robbery (2006), the Flash switches bodies with Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown), meaning that Rosenbaum likewise played Luthor on that occasion.
At the charity party at the end of "Fever" Pete hands Clark a CD and tells him it's the Talon mix. If you look closely you'll see that it is actually the soundtrack to the series.
The character of Tess Mercer, aka Lutessa Luthor (Cassidy Freeman), was created to fill the spot left by Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor in Season 8. Tess is an amalgam of the most infamous of Lex Luthor's female counterparts from various sources; Miss Tessmacher (Valerie Perrine) in "Superman: The Movie", Mercy Graves (Lisa Edelstein) in "Superman: The Animated Series", and Contessa Del Portenza from the comic book series.
'Michael Rosenbaum' starred in Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). In the film, Rosenbaum's character was a witness in the prosecution of Kevin Spacey's character. Both Spacey and Rosenbaum have portrayed legendary comic book super villain Lex Luthor.
The sound effect used for the sound of Kryptonite radiating is the same as the one used in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).
'Milo Ventimiglia (I)' originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent. Although the role went to Tom Welling, the producers at The WB liked him so much they gave him the role of Jess on Gilmore Girls (2000). Ventimiglia now plays a different comic book-style superhero on Heroes (2006).
The badges of the Metropolis police officers are shaped in the familiar Superman pentagon.
Due to the Batman embargo that Warner Bros. laid down due to the new Batman movie franchise, Smallville's Green Arrow seems to be a combination of Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen), 'Sam Witwer' (Davis Bloome) and Callum Blue (Major Zod) were all born in 1977.
The Smallville High Student Newspaper that Clark and Chloe write for is named "The Torch," after the student newspaper at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster worked together on the Glenville Torch while they were students.
Margot Kidder's character, Bridgette Crosby, was meant to become the primary villain of Season 4. After Christopher Reeve's untimely death in 2004, the show's producers decided to incorporate the death of the legendary actor into the plot as his character Virgil Swann was killed off screen. Kidder was not happy with this decision, feeling the producers were capitalizing on the actor's passing. Thus, she backed out of her commitments. As a result, the character of Genevieve Teague, as played by Jane Seymour, was created to fill in as the central big bad for the remainder of the season. Ironically, Christopher Reeve played a romantic love interest opposite both Margot Kidder and Jane Seymour; Kidder in Superman (1978) and Seymour in Somewhere in Time (1980).
After the fifth season, the show was picked up by The CW because The WB merged with UPN to form The CW.
'Zachary Ty Bryan' and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, two of the actors who played Taylor sons on Home Improvement (1991), appeared in separate episodes of "Smallville"'s second season.
The only major character from the Superboy comic book stories not seen or referenced to on the series was Smallville Police Chief Parker.
Belle Reve is the name of the estate that Blanche and Stella DuBois come from in Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire". Throughout the play, Blanche gradually becomes insane. In Smallville (2001), Belle Reve is the name of a mental hospital. In DC Comics, Belle Reve is the name of a federal prison for super-villains; it is located in Louisiana.
Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran, both of whom appeared in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), lobbied for guest appearances but never got to appear on the show.
The name of one of the Kryptonian baddies from season 5 is named Nam-Ek, the same name of the race of aliens come to earth (the race of aliens that Piccolo hails from) in the anime Dragonball Z. Nam-Ek is also the name of one of the Phantom Zone criminals in the DC Comics Superman titles, first appearing in Superman #282 (December 1974).
The rooms in the show will usually have something that is Red, Blue and Yellow this can include wall color, furniture etc. Also there are times where the coloring in the room (such as the Smallville Medical Center) that the colors of Green and Purple are used (Lex Luthor's old colors from the Superman comics).
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Alessandro Juliani (Emil Hamilton) has a role in Man of Steel (2013) and appears on screen alongside Richard Schiff, who portrays Hamilton in the film.
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Contains frequent in-joke references to the Superman mythos in various episodes.
Based on DC Comics characters.
Lana and Chloe's dorm room number is 222, a reference to Room 222 (1969).
The creators were set to creating a follow up series entitled, 'Metropolis'. But it never came to fruition.
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Kim Poirier auditioned for the role of Tess Mercer.
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Before Aaron Ashmore was cast as Jimmy Olsen, his identical twin brother Shawn Ashmore was considered for the same role in Superman Returns (2006). Sam Huntington was eventually cast in the film.
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Dylan Neal (Ray Sacks) portrayed Dr. Anthony Ivo in Arrow (2012), also based on DC Comics characters and also featuring Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow.
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In the Masquarde episode the real "Watchtower" building in Brooklyn, NY can be seen in a panning shot.
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By the time of his casting, Tom Welling was sent various Superman-related gifts, including books and toys, which Welling planned to leave unopened until the show was over.
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James Marsters's second television series receiving a comic book continuation, after Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
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The color theme extends beyond clothes and rooms. Every scene shot has the colors red, blue, and yellow somewhere. From hair color to clothes to even the lighting of the shot.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The first and last shots of Michael Rosenbaum (as Lex Luthor) are identical. In "Pilot", Lex turns to the camera after stepping out of his car at the "LexCorp" plant, and in "Finale Part II", President-elect Lex Luthor turns around to face the press cameras in an identical manner.
In the 'Sacred' episode of Season three, when Virgil Swan's death is announced you, you can hear the reporter say, "... and now to our on scene reporter, Tom Flores." Tom Flores is the associate producer of "Smallville".
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Played by Paul Wesley, Lex's brother Lucas Luthor was never mentioned again after the one episode he appeared in.
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