10 Things You Didn’t Know About Smallville
Over its ten season run, Smallville guided us through the awkward teenage years of a young Clark Kent as he discovered his powers, and battled several enemies on his journey to becoming Superman. The show garnered itself a wide and loyal audience and it has shockingly been 14 years since it aired in 2001 and 3 since it wrapped up in 2011, meaning it is a good time to look back and learn some things you never knew about the show, or at least look back and realize the now famous faces who got their start. As we anticipate the new stories of Superman in Batman v Superman and The Justice League, let’s first go back to where it all began– Smallville.
10. Jensen Ackles was the second choice to play Clark Kent if Tom Welling had not accepted the role. Although he didn’t get the part Ackles did appear in season 4 for 22 episodes as Lana’s love interest Jason Teague. Of course although he didn’t get his big break with Smallville, he went on to star in another hugely successful series, Supernatural.
9. By the end of its tenth season, Smallville had become the longest running science-fiction show in North America, passing Stargate SG-1. It was also the longest running comic-book based series in TV history. Smallville broke the record by only 5 episodes with 218 and, interestingly enough, Ackles’ show Supernatural is now on track to beat Smallville’s record after just wrapping season 10 and heading into its 11th season.