Kelly Souders 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 Kelly Souders gave in the press room at Comic Con 2010.

This has to be bittersweet for you.

Kelly Souders: It is.

You’ve been with the show since the second season.

Kelly Souders: Yeah. If you keep going down this past I’m going to start crying. I’ve been a little misty today. It’s very strange but it’s really an amazing experience.

You’re going to get pay off Al [Gough] and Miles’ [Millar] vision at the end of this. Are you going to bring a lot of people back, can you achieve that now?

Kelly Souders: Obviously Schneider is back as you know. [James] Marsters is coming back. It’s really kind of a season of Clark visiting the ghosts of his past to sort of get over some latent issues, shall we say, and move on to be the Superman that everybody wants him to be.

What about Lana?

Kelly Souders: We’d love to have Kristin [Kreuk] back. Literally, the door is wide open for anyone who wants to come back.

Michael Rosenbaum, too? Is that guaranteed?

Kelly Souders: No, but we’d love it. Nothing would make us happier than to close out the show with him.

Do you think knowing this is your final season has given you the ability to tell the story in full?

Kelly Souders: I think for us there’s a lot of things, we try every season to do new twists and turns and delve deeper into who Clark is as a person. I think because we know this season is ending it in twenty two episodes we’re already exhausted. We’re shooting episode two and we’ve been pulling crazy hours because we just want to do all of it. We want to do everything. We’re kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. I don’t know if we’re going to be alive by the end of the season because we’re killing ourselves so hard and so is the crew and the cast. Everyone feels like it’s our last chance to do every iconic moment that we want, every reunion that we want to see.

We know that Tom is set to become Superman at the end of the year. What’s the final stage on his character’s evolution to get to that point in this last season?

Kelly Souders: The final moment hinges on one of these ghosts from his past and understanding some things about himself that he’s been holding onto for several years. Last year he really sort of delved into his darkest hour which I think was really interesting and something that he needed to do in order to go through life, this rigorous test in order to make it to the Superman moment but what was interesting about it is that by the end of the season he really wasn’t Superman. He wasn’t that bright, shiny inspiration. He was kind of a loner who wasn’t trusting of the people around him who hid on rooftops and in shadows. That’s a very different guy than Superman is. It made us look at the whole twenty two episodes in a way of getting him to that moment.

As we see him get closer and closer to Superman will the clothes change?

Kelly Souders: We will have a little bit of a wardrobe change.

According to the panel there’s a scene where he’s flying or leaping with the Daily Planet globe?

Kelly Souders: He’s doing his biggest leap ever. It’s pretty close to flying.

The last scene of him taking off as Superman is what Al and Miles talked about. Will you keep that or deviate from it?

Kelly Souders: There are a lot of Al and Miles’ images that they had. Then there are images that Brian [Peterson] and I have had and the writing staff, and honestly, the cast and the crew, everybody. We’re all fans, too. So we all have our wish list and we’re all battling it out to get their own wish in there. It’ll be an amalgamation literally of a lot of people who work on the show, that last episode.

What’s the wish that you’re going to fight to get in there?

Kelly Souders: Honestly, some of the stuff that you’re going to see at the very beginning of the season are some of the things that Brian and I wanted to do. For us, because we’re fans from the beginning as well, there are moments from the whole series that are really endearing to us and we want to pay homage to that. So literally from the premiere to the whole season you’re going to be seeing moments that pay homage, giving a little glimpse of things that people love from the whole series. We feel like our fans have been there the whole time and they want to remember the whole show the way that we do. So you’ll see that and a lot of new stuff and we’ll push off.

John Schneider doesn’t know if he’s a ghost or not. Do you guys know and will you explain it?

Kelly Souders: Well, some of it is because it’s still a bit evolving because we shot him in the first episode and what’s interesting is you can plan things out and then you see things shot and then what the actors bring to it and what the crew does and the directors and the cinematographers bring to it, it literally takes on a life of it’s own. So his story is sort of evolving over a period of time. But he won’t be the ghost kind of guy that’s sitting there that you’re used to when people return. It’s not quite like that.

Will we find out what was on the letter in Jonathan’s hands when he died?

Kelly Souders: Oh, yeah, that. It’s on the wish list. It’s in the bucket.

Is this really a narrative that’s driving everything towards the end of the season?

Kelly Souders: Well, there’s certainly by the end of it…it’s all these great questions that makes us verbalize things that are just running around in our heads. Since Brian and I are kind of Siamese twins we don’t ever have to talk about what’s in our heads. It’s very strange to be in a room with us. But coming out of it he has a problem, a challenge and so he’s going to be on that avenue throughout the whole season but because it’s our last season there’s going to be death shots and people from the DC villains, Darkseid and some of these harbingers; it’s not just going to be one villain that shows up for the whole season and that’s his battle. We’ve done that in the last few years and we’ve had a great run at it and we want to just give everyone a taste of all of it.

Darkseid must be pretty heavy.

Kelly Souders: Darkseid is a bad guy or entity, whatever you want to call him. He shows up in some different ways throughout the season.

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

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