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Note: For this list only the creators of the characters first appearances are listed. As with all comic book characters, Superman and his supporting cast have had several reinventions and different contributions from different writers. Theses include different iterations in different mediums that all have added different concepts to the overall mythology of the characters.
Obviously theirs, Clark Jerome Kent/Superman/Kal-El of Krypton, called Clark Kent on screen. He made his first appearance in the comic story "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed" from Action Comics #1 (June 1938) by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Fun fact his middle name Jerome is named after writer Jerry Siegel's full forename.
Lana Lang (Season 1-7, recurring Season 8), who first appeared in the comic story "The Girl in Superboy's Life!" from Superboy #10 (October 1950) and was created by writer Bill Finger and artist John Sikela. Note: In the comics Lana is portyed as Causcasian with red hair, and she is the one with the crush on Clark Kent not the other way around.
Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor, called Lex Luthor on screen (Season 1-7 with guest appearance in Season 10). He made his first appearance in the comic story "Superman: "Europe at War (Part II)" from Action Comics #23 (April 1940) by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, as a character originally called Alexei Luthor. Fun fact his middle name Joseph is named after artist Joe Shuster's full forename.
Lois Joanne Lane, called just Lois Lane on screen (Season 4+). She made his first appearance in the comic story "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed" from Action Comics #1 (June 1938) by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Fun fact her middle name Joanne is named after Joanne Siegel wife of Jerry Siegel who the two met when she modeled for artist's Joe Shuster's drawing for the characters of Lois herself.
Peter "Pete" Ross (Season 1-3, with guest a apperance in Season 7), he first appeared in the comic story "The Boy Who Betrayed Clark Kent!" from Superboy #86 (January 1961) and was created by writer Robert Bernstein and artist George Papp. Note: In the original comics Pete was portrayed as Caucasian with Blonde Hair.
Martha Kent (Season 1-6, with guest apperances in Season 8, 9 & 10) and Jonathan Kent (Season 1-5, guest apperances in Season 8 & 10). They both first appeared as Mary and John Kent in the comic story "Clark Kent Gets a Job" from Superman # (June 1939) by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster.
Oliver Jonas "Ollie" Queen (Season 6-10). He made his first apperance in the Green Arrow comic story "Case of the Namesake Murders" from More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941) by writer Mort Weisinger and artist George Papp.
Tess Mercer whose name a combination, created through an amalgamation of Lena Luthor (from the comics), Mercy Graves (from Superman (1996)), and Eve Teschmacher (from Superman (1978)). Her real name is Lutessa Lena Luthor and she first appeared in the comic story "The Curse of Lena Thorul!" from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #23 (February 1961). She was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Kurt Schaffenberger.
Other main characters like Chloe Sullivan, Lionel Luthor, Whitney Fordman and Jason Teague were all created just for this show. Also the character of Henry James Olsen, is the younger brother of James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen form the comics, but is an original character for the series. Edit
Never. The writers tried to bring them on but DC Comics limited the usage of both characters after their respective movie franchises started to develop in recent years.
However, in Episode 10x15 "Fortune", Chloe said she met a "billionaire with high-tech toys and a wondrous woman who would throw [Clark] for a loop," seemingly a reference to Batman and Wonder Woman before they took up their heroic names.
After this and other several allusions in the TV series, both characters were introduced in "Smallville: Season Eleven" comic book. Bruce Wayne/Batman first appeared in the story arc "Detective". Wonder Woman appears in "Olympus", under her actual name, Diana of Themyscira. Edit
*Martha & Jonathan Kent (101) **Jeff Palmer (110) *Kyle Tippet (112) **Scott Bowman & Derek Fox (113) **Justin Gaines (119) **Desiree Atkins (202) *Pete Ross (203) *Jessie Brooks & her father (204) *Byron Moore (205) **Rachel Dunleavy (207) *Joseph & Kyla Willowbrook (210) **Dr. Helen Bryce (216) **Eric Marsh & two of his friends (220) **Emily Dinsmore (221) **Morgan Edge (302) *Sara Conroy (304) **Alicia Baker (314) **Dr. Elaine Fine (403) *Bart Allen (405) *Lionel Luthor (406) **Tim Waltcott (412) *Chloe Sullivan (412) **Geoff Johns (413) **Josh & Zack Greenfield (414) **Marcus Becker (416) *Kevin Grady (419) *Arthur Curry (504) *Milton Fine (507) *Santa Claus (509) *Andrea Rojas/Angel of Vengeance (513) *Victor Stone (Cyborg) (515) *Maddie Van Horn (518) **Tyler McKnight (518) **Graham Garrett (520) *Raya (601) *Green Arrow/Oliver Queen (604) *Baern/Lamar Johnson (606) *Martian Manhunter/John Jones (608) *Javier Ramirez (609) **Jed McNally (609) **Linda Lake (610) *mind parasite (612) *Lana Lang (616) *Kara-El (702) **Tyler Crenshaw & Tempest Grace (703) **Curtis Knox (704) *Rachel Davenport **Ben Meyers (705) *Dinah Lance/Black Canary (711) **Finley (712) *Lex Luthor (720) *Dr. Emil Hamilton (812) *Tess Mercer (816) *Zatanna Zatara (817) **Metallo/John Corben (902) *Major Zod & the Kandorians (907) *Zan & Jayna/The Wonder Twins (908) *Carter Hall/Hawkman, Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, Kent Nelson/Dr. Fate & Cameron Mahkent/Icicle (911) *Lois Lane (922) **village people (1006) *Granny Goodness & Mad Harriet (1008) **Slade Wilson (1009) *Desaad (1014) *Conner Kent (1016) **Toyman (1020)
**Possibly told others about Clark's secret.
While some of the characters above know about Clark having powers only Clark's parents and close friends (Pete, Chloe, Lana etc) know he's an alien. The rest think he was probably exposed to the meteor shower of 1989. Edit
None. They are meant to be in separate universes as they are two different takes on the same character. However, they do share some continuity due to efforts by both the show's producers and the movie's director Bryan Singer.
Fun Fact: The Superman suit used in the final season of Smallville is also the same suit used in Superman Returns. Edit
Yes, from the first episode the writers make it evident that the show is on it's own. Theses include the 1989 meteor shower, which cover up Clarks spaceships arrival from modern satellites and other tracking equipment (which did not exist when the comic books were first written), Kryptonite meteor rocks having mutating effects on humans exposed to them and Clark and Lex becoming friends before they turned into enemies.
There is not many (if any) things that actually happened to Clark Kent (as a kid) in the Comics. While some events did happen in the comics it was at a later date when Clark Kent was already Superman.
In summary the writers told their own story inspired by the comics, but not true to them. Edit
Mostly because of a note from DC Comics demanding the name 'Impulse' be used instead of 'The Flash'. Also because this version of Bart Allen is based on the fourth Flash who only, until recently (2006), received the title after spending many of his teen years as Impulse and then 'Kid Flash'. The first three Flashes were Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West.
Fun Fact: The first three Flashes' names can be seen in the ID's Bart stole in 4x5 "Run". Jay Garrick was also mentioned and briefly shown in 9x11 "Absolute Justice". Edit
Veritas was a society who looked to the skies for coming life, most especially "The Traveler", The Last Son of Krypton.
The prophecy of the Traveler was the basis of the group's formation and its main subject. Forged by Dr. Virgil Swann (Christopher Reeve) around 1987, the Traveler theory told of a being that would come to Earth and then would need protecting before he was able to save the planet from destruction. Dr. Swann founded a secret society called Veritas; its members were all from powerful families: Teagues, Luthors, and Queens.
It also means "truth" in Latin. Edit
The double L's came about in Superman when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created him in the 1930's, has to do with Siegel having been in love with a woman with the initials "LL," and, as a writer, sought to pay homage to her by giving characters he created the same initials.
An in-story explanation finally came in one of the Adventures of Superman comics from 2006. The all knowing trickster Mxyzptlk stated that the double L stands for hope in Kryptonese. Edit
Green K - weakens him
Red K - brings out his rebellious and immoral personality; rids him of his inhibitions
Blue K - suppresses Kryptonian powers, making him vulnerable like a mortal
Gemstone K - inhabit wish-fulfilling properties and seem to give him temporary powers of persuasion
Gold K - strips Kryptonians of their powers under a yellow sun
Black K - separate or combine the good and evil aspects of an organism (humans and Kryptonians alike) into two separate individuals
Silver K - gives him hallucinations
Clear K - (neutralized Green K) harmless Edit
Christopher Reeve - The star of the Superman movies from 1978 to 1987 played Dr. Virgil Swann, a founding member of the Veritas Society, which was formed to protect the Traveler (aka Clark Kent).
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane in the Reeve films between 1978 and 87, she played Dr. Bridgette Crosby, assistant to Dr. Swann and member of the Veritas Society.
Helen Slater - The title character in the 1984 movie Supergirl, she portrayed Lara-El, Clark's birth mother.
Teri Hatcher - The actress, who portrayed Lois Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-97), took on the role of Ella Lane, Lois' mother.
Dean Cain - Clark Kent to Teri Hatcher's Lois in Lois & Clark, took on the role of Dr. Curtis Knox, an immortal doctor who was harvesting Kryptonite-infected body parts from meteor freaks.
Lynda Carter - TV's Wonder Woman in the 1970s played Chloe's mother Moira, who had the ability to control other meteor-infected people.
Terence Stamp - General Zod in the Superman movies from 1978 to 1980 voiced Clark's Kryptonian father, Jor-El, throughout the series' entire 10-year run.
It's also interesting to note that Amy Adams, who will be playing the role of Lois Lane in the upcoming Man of Steel movie, made an appearance in season one as Jodi Melville along with Mackenzie Gray who played Dr. Alistair Kreig in season five and the Lex Luthor Clone in season ten will be portraying Evil Kryptonian Scientist Jax-Ur in Man of Steel also Alessandro Juliani(Dr. Emil Hamilton) makes a cameo as Officer Sekowsky in the movie.
Phil Morris - Detective John Jones-Martian Manhunter. Phil is a student and teacher of the Chinese martial art Chun Wing. In 1989 he plays Jackie Chiles, the flashy lawyer on Seinfeld. Before his Smallville days, he is most remembered from Mission: Impossible (1988), his character (Grant Collier) was the son of his father's (Greg Morris) character (Barney Collier) from Mission: Impossible (1966).
Pam Grier - Amanda Waller. Pam Grier has been a major African-American actress from the early seventies. Her career started back in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her into The Big Doll House (1971), about a woman's penitentiary, and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Her most famous role of the 90s was probably Jackie Brown (1997), directed by Quentin Tarantino, which was a homage to her earlier 70s action roles. Other Iconic characters are (1973) Coffy, and Comic Book character Friday Foster (1975). Edit
Pete moved away to Wichita at the end of Season 3, as he couldn't live with the risk that he might slip up and reveal Clark's secret. He then returned in 7x13 "Hero" with powers similar to Elastic Lad due to Green K and chewing gum.
The actor's reasons for leaving: Sam Jones III didn't like how the character of Pete was being used when he became a background character. In September 2005, Al Gough stated that Pete Ross would not be appearing again, as he was difficult to place in the series' evolving storyline.
Fun Fact: In the comics, Pete Ross marries Lana Lang and they have a son named Clark. Edit
In the episode Duplicity (2002) (Season 2, Episode 3). In that episode, Clark's spaceship which brought him to earth, is discovered by Pete, after it flew off in the season 1 finale Tempest (2002). Pete wants to go to the media and tell Chloe but Clark stops him and is forced to tell Pete that the ship is his. At first Pete is hurt Clark didn't tell him but soon comes to understand that Clark only kept the secret to protect his friends. Edit
She finds out he has superpowers in the episode Pariah (2005) (Season 4, episode 12). A meteor freak called Alicia Baker who was in a relationship with Clark, and assumed he was exposed to meteor rocks too, is framed for crimes she did not commit. She offers to prove her innocence but only if Clark also outs his own powers to the world, when he refuses she secretly shows Chloe Clark using his powers. For the rest of the season she keeps her knowledge of his abilities a secret even from Clark, knowing their must be a good reason he hasn't told her.
In the episode Arrival (2005) (Season 5, episode 1) she is accidentally transported with Clark to the Fortress of Solitude in the arctic and nearly freezes to death but Clark saves her by taking her back to civilization. She eventually tells Clark she knows about his superpowers and he tells her he's an alien. She takes it better than Pete did and fully supports Clark. Edit
Lionel might have first became suspicious of Clark In Insurgence (2003) (Season 2, episode 12), when Clark saves him and Martha. At the end of the episode he wonders who saved him as he is supposedly blind in by this point as he lost his sight in the tornado in Vortex (2002) (Season 2, episode 1). He later gets his sight back but It is ambiguous as to whether or not he was ever really blind to begin with.
After years of suspicion, investigation and research, Lionel definitively learned about Clark's superpowers in the episode Mercy (2006) (Season 5, episode 19). However, he learned that Clark was an alien named Kal-El in the episode Hidden (2005) (Season 5, episode 3) when he emerged from a coma to become Jor-El's oracle. Edit
A black version of the suit is worn by Clark in Season 9 which includes a white \S/ symbol. Interestingly, this version lacks a cape, instead preferring the use of a coat, similar to Neo from The Matrix.
At the end of season 9, Martha Kent sent Clark the actual Superman suit which was then shown in Season 10x01 "Lazarus", though it was not worn. It currently rests in the fortress, being locked away by Jor-El who stated that Clark was "not ready."
In Season 10, Clark has updated his suit to what looked like a red leather jacket with an \S/ embedded on it as well as wearing a blue shirt underneath.
In the Season 10 "Finale" episode, Clark finally wears the suit. Though the full-body shot saves were in CGI, we see him wear the upper part of the suit up close during the plane rescue scene and when he ripped his shirt in the final shot. Edit
At the end of Season 7, Kara was imprisoned by Brainiac in the Phantom Zone, unbeknownst to Clark. She was later released by Clark in 8x08 "Bloodline" and left Smallville to find the remnants of their lost Kryptonian city, Kandor.
Kara returned briefly in 10x03 "Supergirl" to warn Clark about the 'Darkness'.
She appeared in 10x20 "Prophecy" to retrieve the Bow of Orion with the help of Oliver. At the end of episode, she then goes to the future using the Legion ring. Edit
Major Zod is a clone of the Zod that's currently in Phantom Zone from 25 years prior to Krypton's destruction (when he was not yet made General). He has none of the memories after being cloned and thus is less suave and sophisticated than the normal Phantom Zod due to his inexperience. By the end of season 9, clone Zod has been promoted to General.
He and the rest of the Kandorians don't have powers under a yellow sun because Jor-El put Blue Kryptonite in their DNA so they wouldn't run loose on Earth. They were sent to another world by the Book of Rao.
In 10x19 "Dominion", it was revealed that the Kandorians exiled Zod to the Phantom Zone for treason. Once there, clone Zod merged with the original Zod. Edit
While this have been seen as somewhat of a continuity error, there has been some speculation that Jor-El's appearance might have been changed due to frequent use of the portals between Earth and Krypton that transverse time and space.
Also, it's been theorized that Clark going back to Krypton in 7x18 "Apocalypse" opened up a can of worms that changed a lot of things from the original Smallville timeline, thus accounting for any and all continuity changes or gaps prior to and after that episode. Edit
Jimmy Olsen in the comics is named James Bartholomew Olsen. The Jimmy that we followed for three years was revealed to be named Henry James Olsen.
The reason why the writers went this route was because the Jimmy from the comics was supposed to be significantly younger than both Clark and Lois which was not the case with Smallville's Jimmy, thus killing him off. The real Jimmy Olsen is Henry's younger brother and is seen at Henry's funeral and looked no older than 13.
In 10x21 "Finale", Set in 2018, Henry's younger brother have grown to be the Jimmy Olsen of the comics and now works at the Daily Planet. He is still played by the same actor. Edit
Clark lacked the confidence in himself needed in order to fly. It's simply a mental block.
In 9x01 "Savior", Clark continued his Fortress training trying to fly (mentally) but failed.
In 10x01 "Lazarus", Clark makes a super-save, catching the Daily Planet globe mid-fall and placing it back on the building's roof. He said that he "felt like [he] was flying."
In 10x03 "Supergirl", Kara teaches Clark to fly, but failed as he falls to the barn mid-flight.
In 10x04 "Homecoming", Clark floats steadily with Lois, though neither of them knew it was happening.
In 10x12 "Collateral", Clark briefly flies with Lois around a virtual Metropolis.
In 10x21 "Finale", Clark finally flies defeating Darkseid. Shortly after, he retrieves his suit from the Fortress and flies away whilst putting it on. He then continues to fly while stopping a plane from crashing and saving the world from the planet Apokolips. Edit