Once “Smallville” ends in May 2011, the CW network and much of TV will be without a classic hero to root for. Instead of waiting for the next “Superman” movie or relying on “Smallville” re-runs, the CW should develop a spin-off series.
With so many characters in the DC and “Smallville” universe, there are dozens of show ideas, but four stand out from the rest and could potentially be huge hits. Each show features key characters from “Smallville” and leaves plenty of room for Clark (Tom Welling) to stop by for guest appearances.
The Justice League: DC’s amazing organization of super heroes saw its first formations on “Smallville” and every episode they are featured in is a highlight among the series.
Using lesser-known heroes like Hawk Man and Aquaman, the characters have a chance to really grow and thrive with their own hour. The action we’re used to seeing on “Smallville” is easily transferable and with a whole league of heroes, there is plenty of drama to pass around.
If you add in iconic heroes like Wonder Woman and Batman for guest spots, the show is guaranteed to draw in viewers.
Oliver: The Green Arrow: A whole show with the Justice League would be a huge success, but a single-minded hero story could help clone some of “Smallville’s” success. Justin Hartley has appeared for several seasons as Oliver Queen and his character has enough depth, backstory, and interest to create a new series.
With the Green Arrow exposing his identity, there’s a whole other side to tale that will make it a lot different than Clark’s journey on “Smallville”.
Luthor House: Several future visions on “Smallville” have depicted Lex Luthor as President in the White House. Now imagine a cross between “Smallville” and “The West Wing” to get a vision of the potential for “Luthor House”.
The show would follow Lex Luthor from his first day in office until his last, a long run that involves Luthor’s evil side, longing for domination and battles against heroes from the Justice League.
With a direct focus on Lex, viewers can see how complex the character is and the struggles he deals with. Cameos from Clark Kent, Lana Lang, and other people from his past would add more to the drama.
Daily Planet: Viewers have already seen what’s it like for Chloe, Lois, and Clark to work at the Daily Planet, but what about the regular reporters that must deal with the chaos surrounding metropolis?
“Daily Planet” would follow the fast-paced life of a news reporter, specifically the “unexplained” department that deals with the crime and meteorite freaks from Smallville and surrounding areas. Instead of using powers like Clark, these reporters are everyday citizens looking to snag the best report and uncover the truth.
The “Smallville” departure is going to leave a gaping hole in the television universe, but that hole can be easily filled with one of these spin-off shows.
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