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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
Lex Luthor's mansion is the same mansion used in X2 (2003) as well as CW's Arrow (2012)
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.
The longest-running Superman TV series.
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!"
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.
Kristen Bell auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
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.
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). Michael Ironside (General Sam Lane), provide the the voice of Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited.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, and before he was even cast as Jimmy Olsen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Michael Cassidy played Grant Gabriel.
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 almost all the episodes the title of the episode is said somewhere in the show.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) is the only actor to appear in all 217 episodes of the series.
While starring, Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) also provided the voice of the Flash (Wally West) in Justice League (2001). In Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery (2006), the Flash switches bodies with Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown), meaning that Rosenbaum likewise played Luthor on that occasion.
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.
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.
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).
Originally, Tollin/Robbins Productions were planning 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 want the film to compete with a television show, Tollin/Robbins Productions suggested Peter Roth, President of Warner Bros Television, to develop a show about a young Clark Kent, which later became "Smallville". The idea was later revisited and soon became Gotham (2014).
The badges of the Metropolis police officers are shaped in the familiar Superman pentagon.
Milo Ventimiglia 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 went on to play a different comic book-style superhero on Heroes (2006).
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).
Tom Welling is two years older than Brandon Routh who played the adult version of Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
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 first live-action appearances of numerous DC Comics characters such as Pete Ross, Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), the Suicide Squad (and its characters Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Rick Flag, Icicle, Plastique and Warp), Brainiac, the Legion of Super-Heroes (Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy), Hawkman, Cyborg, Livewire, Mia Dearden (Speedy), Impulse (Bart Allen), the Wonder Twins, Neutron, Doomsday, Parasite, Zatanna, Stargirl, Wildcat, Doctor Fate and Aquaman (if excluding the Aquaman (2006) pilot).
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.
At 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.
Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) previously played Lana Lang in Superman III (1983).
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).
Due to the Batman embargo that Warner Bros. laid down due to the new Batman movie franchise, Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow essentially replaced Bruce Wayne/Batman. Batman himself would be featured in the comic book continuation of the series, "Smallville: Season Eleven".
The Kent farm appears in a Canadian dairy farm commercial.
Michael Ironside and Peyton List's first portrayal of father and daughter (General Lane and Lucy Lane) in a CW series based on DC Comics characters. They would later play Lewis and Lisa Snart in The Flash (2014).
In Season 2, Lex Luthor shows Ryan the first issue of the Warrior Angel in a showcase. In the comic cover, Warrior Angel holds a car above his head. In Superman's first issue, Superman also holds a car above his head in the exact same position.
'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.
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.
As a homage to John Schneider's famous starring role in The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), Jonathan and Martha's email starts with "CNH-320", the license plate number of the General Lee. Also, Tom Wopat guest stars in one episode as an old friend of Jonathan's.
Smallville's ZIP code, 67524, is the real life ZIP code of Chase, Kansas.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen), Sam Witwer (Davis Bloome) and Callum Blue (Major Zod) were all born in 1977.
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.
It's visually heavily inspired by the Superman (1978) film series though having it's own mythology and storyline. Some aspects such as Krypton and the Fortress' designs and Krypton's explosion are directly taken from the films.
Almost always when he is visiting the Smallville Cemetery, Clark is seen in the same frame with an angel statue as an allusion to his character. In the Pilot, he appears right in front of the statue, making the wings look like they are his own.
The yellow house in the Kent farm was originally colored green. The producers requested its owners to paint their house yellow.
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).
Bart Allen has three fake ids. The names on these, Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Barry Allen, are all different incarnations of the Flash, just like Bart.
Several guest stars including Amy Adams, Alessandro Juliani, Tahmoh Penikett, Carmen Lavigne, Chad Krowchuk and David Lewis "return" in the DC shared universe Superman film Man of Steel (2013). A character named Whitney Fordham likely pays homage in this film.
A "crossover" with Supernatural (2005) was proposed but scrapped. Sam and Dean Winchester would have to save Tom Welling from the infamous "Superman curse" that has supposedly victimized several actors that have played Clark Kent/Superman.
Tom Welling and Allison Mack are the only two main cast members to appear in all ten seasons without leaving in between. Mack did step down to recurring in the tenth season, but was still credited as a main cast member,
The only major character from the Superboy comic book stories not seen or referenced to on the series was Smallville Police Chief Parker.
In season one there is a reference to Clark being superman by Lana Lang: So what are you, man or superman? Clark: I haven't figured it out yet.
The colour theme extends beyond clothes and rooms. Every scene shot has the colours red, blue, and yellow somewhere. From hair colour to clothes to even the lighting of the shot.
Allison Mack originally considered auditioning for the role of Lana Lang.
After the fifth season, the show was picked up by The CW because The WB merged with UPN to form The CW.
In one episode (s01e10?) Clark's father Jonathan Kent is seen driving his pickup with the radio playing "The Good Ol' Boys." This was the theme to Dukes of Hazard starring the same actor, John Schnieder.
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 boarding school that Lex Luthor and Oliver Queen attend is named Excelsior Academy. "Excelsior!" is also the catchphrase of Marvel creator, comic book writer Stan Lee.
Zachery 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.
Jensen Ackles (Jason Teague), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), John Glover (Lionel Luthor), Allison Mack (Chole Sullivan), and guest stars James Marsters (Brainiac) and Michael Ironside (General Sam Lane) provide their voices in the DCAU series and animated movies.
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.
Laura Vandervoort briefly portrays Brainiac posing as Kara in this series. In Supergirl (2015) she portrays Indigo, a character who, in the comics, was later revealed to be Brainiac 8.
The Talon exterior shots were filmed at the Clova Cinema, an actual movie theater in Cloverdale, Surrey, British Columbia. The theater closed in 2014 after seventy years operating.
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First live action depiction of a truly bald Lex Luthor as he was traditionally depicted in the comics. In other live action adaptations, Luthor was bald, but depicted as covering it up by wearing wigs.
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Contains frequent in-joke references to the Superman mythos in various episodes.
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).
Five different exterior locations in Vancouver are used as Metropolis: The Daily Planet is actually the Marine Building; The Watchtower building is the Sun Tower; Vancouver Block 736 appears as the Queen Tower; two different buildings are used for the Luthorcorp Plaza, one for the entrance and the other for the upper shots.
A scene opening view of an area known as "The Narrows" in Gotham City from Batman Begins (2005) is used several times as a rainy themed Metropolis scene.
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Throughout the series, current CW stars would appear in "Smallville" such as Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural).
In the DC comic universe, Lex Luthor's relationship with Clark is almost exclusively as Superman; they never even met whilst at school. The exception is an alternative reality one-off story in 1960 which attempted to explain Lex's hair loss. This story had them both as childhood friends but has largely been ignored or discredited since. Lana and Jimmy feature heavily in the comic universe.
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Michael Rosenbaum's "Lex Luthor" can be seen many times playing pool while at his Luthor Mansion. Rosenbaum had previously played in the movie Poolhall Junkies where he was a pool hustler.
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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Lana and Chloe's dorm room number is 222, a reference to Room 222 (1969).
Laura Vandervoort who stars alongside James Marsters was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (where he became famous for his role of Spike) in her youth, and auditioned for a role.
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Tyler Posey guest stars in one episode and stars in Teen Wolf (2011) alongside Tyler Hoechlin and Dylan Sprayberry. Hoechlin portrays Superman himself on Supergirl (2015), and Sprayberry appears as a young Clark Kent in Man of Steel (2013).
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Fans strongly demanded Tom Welling to reprise his role of Clark Kent/Superman on Supergirl (2015). He stated that Clark could not exist in that universe because of the different essence between both shows. "There's really nothing in common, there are no parallels at all. I say that being a fan of what they're doing. I think they're doing a great job."
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Ted Whittall portrays Rick Flag of the Suicide Squad in this series, and also has a role in Suicide Squad (2016). He is one of several actors to appear in both universes of "Smallville" and the DC Extended Universe.
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While Clark Kent/Superman is often depicted with blue eyes in the comics and most media, Tom Welling portrays him in this version with his natural green eyes. However, some characters still comment on Clark's "blue eyes" throughout the series.
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Jensen Ackles left this series to star on Supernatural (2005).The same happened to his co-star Jared Padalecki as he left Gilmore Girls (2000).
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Michael Rosenbaum would make a lot of practical jokes and make farts between takes.
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Michael Rosenbaum has a role in Cursed (2005) alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who stars as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Eric Johnson, Jensen Ackles, Sam Witwer, Laura Vandervoort, and Callum Blue were each only part of the show's main cast for one season.
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By the start of the series it is mentioned that Clark is afraid of heights.
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A FBI agent who happens to be a fan of this series immediately recognized Laura Vandervoort when her picture from V (2009) was used as part of an international identity-theft ring disclosed by authorities in June 2016.
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Based on DC Comics characters.
Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) was a regular on both Edgemont (2000) and Smallville (2001) simultaneously from 2001 to 2005.
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The name of Lex's mother, Lillian Luthor, was conceived for this series and is also her name in Supergirl (2015). In the comics, she was originally named Arlene Luthor, which was later changed to Letitia Luthor. An aunt named Lillian was mentioned by Lex in "Superwoman" #6.
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The character of Lana Lang is one of some female DC Comics characters that have assumed the mantle of Superwoman, along with Lucy Lane, Lois Lane and Kristin Wells.
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The same shot of the barn and half moon is used repeatedly throughout the series.
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Kim Poirier auditioned for the role of Tess Mercer.
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Several guest stars also appear in the Final Destination (2000) film series such as Crystal Lowe, Chelan Simmons, Sarah Carter, David Paetkau, Harris Allan, Alejandro Rae and many others.
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The series suffered backlash from the Internet due to casting an Eurasian actress and an African-American actor as Lana Lang and Pete Ross, respectively. Lana is often depicted as a redhead in the comics, while Pete is a blonde.
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After Laura Vandervoort's audition for the role of Kara Kent/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl in Los Angeles, she was told by the producers "Don't leave, just wait outside" to which she replied "Don't worry, I won't take off!" meaning she would not fly back to Canada. The crew, however, understood she meant *literally* flying back. "Everyone laughed, and I realized I had made a joke, seeing that Supergirl can fly. I simply meant I wouldn't get back on a plane, but they didn't need to know that."
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Tom Welling (Clark Kent) and Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) are the only actors to appear in all ten seasons.
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. It is also revealed in a later episode that Tess Mercer's original name was Lutessa Luthor.
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.
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.
After the 15th episode of Season 10 aired, Smallville took 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 1989 and 2005 to 2013, totalling 50 years. Doctor Who is continuing to this day with its 9th series starting in September 2015. Showrunner Steven Moffat stated Doctor Who will run for another 5 years with a feature film set to be released in 8 years. Supernatural has now taken the title and is going into its 12th season (2016).
The character of Tess Mercer/Lutessa Lena Luthor (Cassidy Freeman), was created to fill the spot left by Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor in Season 8. Tess is an amalgam of Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) in Superman (1978), Mercy Graves (Lisa Edelstein) in Superman (1996), Lena Luthor and Contessa Del Portenza from the comic books.
The first and last close shots of Michael Rosenbaum (as Lex Luthor) are identical. In the series premiere he leaves his car out of the Luthorcorp plant, and appears as President Lex Luthor in the series finale in a very same manner.
Lex's last words to Lionel, "No one will remember your name", are a nod to his irrelevant, less prominent role (as Lex's father) in the comics.
Played by Paul Wesley, Lex's brother Lucas Luthor is never mentioned again after the one episode he appeared in.
A "Chlois" theory was developed by fans who believed the character of Chloe Sullivan was this series' version of Lois Lane. The theory lived on even after Lois herself was introduced, with the "possibilities" that Lois would die or the two would switch identities.
Clark's general fear that he might not be able to keep from hurting Lana during physical intimacy and especially his tense season five conversation with Chloe about this are references to a classic 1969 essay by science fiction author Larry Niven called "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex." In that article, Niven postulates that Superman/Clark Kent would be unable to have a sexual relationship with a non-superpowered woman, since his involuntary lack of physical control could result in catastrophic injury to his partner.
Creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar admitted they wish to have given a different direction to the character of Lana Lang. According to Gough, "That was probably a three-season love story that lasted six seasons.", which Millar considers to be "torturous and slow".
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Chloe Sullivan is the only original character from the main cast to survive the entire series as Whitney Fordman, Jason Teague, Davis Bloome and Tess Mercer all die.
Kara's ship is modeled based on the symbioship of Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr/Power Girl, the Earth-2 version of the character in the comics.
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The Loeb Bridge, where Lex hits Clark with his car, is named after comic book writer Jeph Loeb, also a consulting producer for this series.
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The "Smallville Season Eleven" comic book series reveal that Oliver and Chloe's son is named Jonathan. In DC continuity, Jonathan Samuel Kent is the name of Clark and Lois' son, who in 2016 took the mantle of Superboy.
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In the 'Sacred' episode of Season four, when Virgil Swann's death is announced, the reporter says, "... and now to our on scene reporter, Tom Flores." 'Tom Flores' is the associate producer of "Smallville".
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Kara's origin (an evil Zor-El attempting to use her to kill Clark) is taken from a false origin featured in the 'Supergirl' 2005-2011 run. In the comics, when Supergirl fights an evil version of herself, the "dark" Supergirl lies that Zor-El had actually sent Kara to Earth to kill Kal-El.
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Lana is seen finding out about Clark's alien identity twice before she definitely discovers the truth.
As he escapes, Clark accidentally releases Phantom Zone prisoners that follow him towards Earth, which triggers his guilt. The same thing happens to Kara Danvers on Supergirl (2015).
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Dinah Lance/Black Canary is a blonde using a brunette wig for her civilian look. In Arrow (2012), Dinah "Laurel" Lance is a brunette using a blond wig as she first becomes Black Canary.
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Joe Morton also appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as Cyborg's father.
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Phil Morris portrays the Martian Manhunter. His father Greg Morris appeared in the first season of Superboy (1988).
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The first CW series based on DC Comics characters to depict the Green Arrow in a relationship with that is not with Dinah Lance/Black Canary. Oliver engages in a relationship with Felicity Smoak in Arrow (2012).
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In the comics, Kryptonite is rare is and does not cause humans to have abilities. According to the Modern-Age canon, it is actually harmful to people given sufficient long-term exposure as Lex Luthor suffered from cancer caused by his Kryptonite ring.
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The badly injured Lex Luthor manages to returning in a brand-new, cloned version of himself is a reference to Lex's forged death and return from his terminal condition in a younger version of himself, initially posing as Lex Luthor II.
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Coincidentally enough, cousins Chloe and Lois both share a similar interest in each others 'soulmate' earlier on in the series. Chloe was in love with Clark during high school, yet he ended up with Lois. While Lois was in love with Oliver Queen, yet he ultimately ended up with Chloe.
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Throughout the series there are small innuendos about Clark becoming superman for example at the beginning of s1e11 Clark tells Lana that he doesn't want to dress up in a suit and fly around he's supposedly talking about he doesn't want to become a businessman that travels a lot but he is really talking about becoming superman
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The Martian Manhunter is friends with Jor-El and is granted the mission to protect Kal-El on Earth. In Supergirl (2015), Martian is friends with the adoptive, earthly father of Kara Zor-El and is granted the mission to protect her on Earth.
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