Brian Peterson Interview – SMALLVILLE Comic Con 2010

Smallville Executive producer Brian Peterson 2010 COMIC CON

Smallville star Cassidy Freeman (left), executive producer Kelly Souders, star/executive producer Tom Welling, executive producer Brian Peterson and stars Erica Durance and Justin Hartley (right) at the Comic-Con panel

Check out the interview that executive producer of SMALLVILLE Brian Peterson gave in the press room at Comic Con 2010.

Can you talk about some of the superheroes that’ll be on this season and how Dark Side will affect the story you’re telling?

Brian Peterson: We really wanted to do something different with the villain because I think that Zod and Doomsday were successful and really great additions to the show but we didn’t want to repeat that pattern. So we’re introducing Darkseid in a really different way, kind of gradually unfolding that character through some of his harbingers or minions from the ‘New Gods’ mythology a little bit. So that’ll be really fun. We have characters like Glen Godfrey and Desaad. I don’t want to give too much away but you can probably guess who that was.

Will Ed Asner play him?

Brian Peterson: Weird things have been suggested. I know he’s the voice of her which is great. As far as villains that a big part of the season and then we have another group ragtag villain heroes that are going to come in for episode two with the Suicide Squad. They’re not going to be a huge runner but will at least play a little into the season.

Will you be able to call them Suicide Squad?

Brian Peterson: So far. They’re not a huge part of the season but they’re in there. We have Deadshot, Rick Flag and we’re bringing back Plastique.

We know this is the final stage for Clark to become Superman. In your mind what’s the final stage for Clark to put on that uniform?

Brian Peterson: I think we have our thoughts but I think last year we put him through the ringer as far as making some decisions that were maybe on the edge. We kind of roughed up Tess a little bit. He burned down some buildings. He made some decisions that fans really reacted a lot, too. It wasn’t really Superman. So we wanted him to see what the boundaries are when you’re a god and how far you should and can go. So this year hopefully we take a little more of a positive spin and watch him as he’s taking those lessons from last year and applying them. As far as action moments I really don’t want to give anything away because that’s a really important run for the show but we’ll get there.

But more about him stepping into the light?

Brian Peterson: Yeah, stepping into the light and he puts on a brand new suit in episode two. So that’ll be a little brighter, lighter. He’s not standing on gothic towers that are black anymore. He’s on the Daily Planet and we start to see him transitioning into the light.

For Team Apocalypse, are you putting a new genesis in there at all?

Brian Peterson: There are some things that we’re still working out what we can actually do and can’t do. So where we can’t really go there we want to have at least a little wink to it.

Even though Darkseid is a gradual reveal, should it be one of the most epic fights that he’s had?

Brian Peterson: That is the idea but I think we’ve all seen where we’ve had the best ambitions and the money hasn’t quite supported what we wanted. I won’t go there but everyone has worked hard to make things work and we always push beyond the boundary of what most TV shows do for FX and stunts. Obviously, nine times out of ten we hit the mark but sometimes we just don’t literally have the time to research it. Every effort this year will be made to making the final battle as epic as is budgetarily and humanly possible.

Since it’s the final season are they letting you go all out?

Brian Peterson: The studio has been incredibly supportive. We’re literally trying to shoot a movie and we don’t have $50 million. The little engine that could up in Vancouver, every script that they get is like, ‘Really?’ We’re like, ‘You can do it. You’ve done it,’ and they do it.

Any moments from the past that you feel like you have to have back to tell the story?

Brian Peterson: Well, we’re trying to hit more than we’re probably going to be able to do. There are a lot of actors that we love and have gone out to. They’re on other shows. They’re busy and sometimes it’s not working out. We’d love to see Lionel Luthor again. Obviously it would be incredible to see Lana again. Kristin is very busy and so right now that hasn’t worked out. Brainiac. Needless to say Lex Luthor.

Are you going to bend over backwards to make sure that happens?

Brian Peterson: I’m already in splits to make that happen. I’ve bent over backwards three times. Kelly and I have done everything in our power with the support of the studio to invite Michael [Rosenbaum] back to the show. It just hasn’t worked out. We love Michael. He’s a fantastic guy. So the door is open. That’s all we can do, hope and pray that something works out.

What do you want to happen, something specific before the series ends?

Brian Peterson: It’s hard because everything that I want to happen since I’m the boss is happening. No. Everything we want to happen are really big moments that I don’t want to giveaway because we do have a couple in the 200th episode and a couple in the premiere. We’ve always wanted to see the epic Daily Planet globe and so we put that into the premiere. That’ll be really fun, Clark catching the Daily Planet globe. That was in the trailer that we showed. That’s one.

Flight?

Brian Peterson: It’s the final season and we know where he ends and I think I can say…that’s what I can say. We know what he ends up doing and it’s the final season.

He will actually don the uniform?

Brian Peterson: You’d have to put me to a torch to get me to answer that.

Has there been talks of an Oliver spin-off?

Brian Peterson: The thing is that I feel really each of our characters are so fleshed out at this point, the actors like Cassidy, Justin and Erica are so amazing that they could handle their own series. But right now nothing is in the works. It just hasn’t coalesced right now because right now we’re focused on ending the ‘Smallville’ and ‘Superman’ mythology and we didn’t want to branch out. The goal right now is this show.

How does it feel to be ending this series?

Brian Peterson: It’s heartbreaking. It’s our family. The people in Vancouver, Tom, they’re all our family and so it’s going to be really, really emotional but I think we want to go out at the top. It’s going to be a tough one.

It’s an important part of the legacy.

Brian Peterson: Yeah. We’ve filled in some of the missing years that a lot of people never saw. It’s very cool.

You can also read our interviews with Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, John Schneider, and Kelly Souders.

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