Saturday, October 22, 2011

Smallville aired 10 years ago this week: some thoughts on Clark's journey


Lana Lang, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor.
(And a whole lotta corn.)

Hey, Smallville fans.

Ten years ago this week -- October 16, 2001 -- Smallville's pilot episode aired in the U.S on The WB Network. We wouldn't get to see Smallville in Canada until, I believe, late January 2002 when Global Television played catch-up and aired the fall episodes back-to-back on weekends. "Can a superhero protect his own heart?" was Global's marketing slogan for it. (If that doesn't sound like Clana ...).

The show had such promise -- an imperfect Clark Kent, an alien in Middle America finding his path to heroic greatness -- and I was instantly hooked.

It was the open-ended nature of the series that affected Clark's less-than-linear journey to becoming the Man of Steel. A little pre-planning might have made his development (over 10 years!) more cohesive.

[More after the jump.]

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Smallville in Canada: Part Deux (2)


Ok, just in time for Canada Day (this Friday!), a few links to my Smallville stories where there is a Canadian setting or Canadian angle to it.

Bloodlines (2002) - One of my earlier stories, reflecting on the shared history and rivalry of Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor. I guess it could be called alternate or parallel universe - it's how the Waynes and Luthors have intersected throughout American history (I could also say North American history, since the Loyalists who fled the Thirteen Colonies after the American Revolution played a major role in shaping what would become the nation of Canada).

Trophy (2002) - Clark, Lana, Chloe and Pete on a field trip to Toronto during a (fictional) G8 summit, complete with Lex, Bruce and geopolitical chaos in the mix. Things go awry when a mysterious anarchist - with ties to Bruce and Lex - stirs up trouble. Who knew there would be an actual G20 summit in T.O. in 2010?

Archer (2004) - Now this is primarily an Oliver Queen story, written years before he showed up on Smallville. Lionel Luthor intends to destroy Queen Enterprises, while Clark uncovers a rift between Ollie and a certain Gotham industrialist. The Canadian connection? NAFTA, the free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It's a capitalist clash of titans with a Smallville twist.

Sever (2010-) - The war between Wayne and Luthor begins now! These series of short stories describe the disintegration of Bruce and Lex's friendship ... and it's a sequel to the cliffhanger story Nightshade. Set roughly during Season 7, Clark and friends must cope with the fallout as Bruce and Lex's simmering rivalry threatens to explode into a real war. (Somewhere in the story Lana will need a friendly passport ;)) It's an on-going story, so please stay tuned! :D

Enjoy your holiday reading. Happy Canada Day (and Happy 4th of July to our friends in the south)!



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Monday, June 20, 2011

Smallville stories in Canada: a teaser


Smallville's Canadian DNA is considerable, with plenty of Canadians in the cast and crew and filmed in B.C. Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) and Erica Durance (Lois Lane) played major characters on the series. Eric Johnson played Lana's boyfriend Whitney Fordman during the early seasons. Recent notable Canadians in the SV cast included Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl) and Alessandro Juliani (Dr. Emil Hamilton).

Canada Day, July 1st, is in two weeks, friends and visitors. To jump start the celebration of Canada's national holiday, I've whipped up a promotional poster dedicated to the Smallville fan fiction stories I've written over the years that take place north of the border. And yes, unlike the TV series, Bruce Wayne makes an appearance in the stories!

I'll post links to the stories over the next few weeks. Til then, get into the maple syrup spirit by checking out Canadian, Please (produced by Julia Bentley and Andrew Gunadie): a cool vid that went viral around this time last year.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Smallville Season 10 premiere date ... and new fan fiction!

As you might know, the Season 10 premiere of Smallville (the final season) will air in late September:

Canada: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 on CHCH (in S. Ontario) at 10 p.m. ET. If you have a Channel Zero affiliated station in your area, it may be on their schedule. Nationally, Smallville usually airs on SPACE, Canada's science fiction network. The promo I saw says SPACE will air it on Friday, September 24.

Smallville has bounced through at least half a dozen stations/networks over the years in Canada, so your best bet is to check your local listings.

U.S.: Friday, September 24, 2010 on The CW network at 8 p.m. ET.

This is by no means a comprehensive list and your local listings are the best way to go for the Season 10 premiere in your area -- especially if you're not in North America.

Now, on to my new (resurrected) Smallville fan fiction, "Sever":

"Sever" will continue the story of Clark Kent, Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne's converging destinies that began with "Inquisitor" and "Nightshade", as tensions between the three escalate to the breaking point (circa Season 7-ish). The time for compromise is over; the war between Wayne and Luthor begins now.

Happy watching -- and reading ;)

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Monday, August 09, 2010

New fanfic website

Season 10 is roughly a month and a half away -- and you're in luck because I have a few short stories that have been collecting dust (electronically) on my hard drive for about two years(!).

They were meant to be a prelude to the "clash of empires" story I had envisioned between a "Smallville-ized" Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor. The timeline for the events is set approximately around the beginning of Season 7. You'll have to wait until late September when I get around to posting those up *cackles maniacally*.

Here's the new Luthor Estate website, featuring my Smallville, Robin of Sherwood and Star Wars fanfics: The Luthor Estate

See you in the fall!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Season 7 premiere of Smallville ... and my own fan fiction website.

Season 7 of Smallville premieres tonight on The CW in the U.S. and A-Channel in Canada.

Just in time for the new season is the launch of my new Smallville fan fiction website:

http://www.geocities.com/president_luthor01/intro.html

It's a small site on Yahoo! Geocities, but you'll find all that you need to read about Bruce's arrival in Smallville, his many adventures and intrigues. You'll read stories about Lex's past friendship with the First Son of Gotham and their emerging rivalry. (And a few surprises - hint: other DC Comics character appearances.)

The site has a brief history of Bruce Wayne that explains how a Bruce-before-Batman might blend into the Smallville universe. Somehow, secrets and lies will be involved. You'll also find links to my Smallville fan fiction and, if you wish, you can contact me by email too.

Enjoy the Season 7 premiere of Smallville ... and enjoy reading about Bruce Wayne in Smallville!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Other DC Comics characters in Smallville?

Hi again!

Part 4 of "Nightshade" is now posted on fanfiction.net. That could only mean one thing: Season 7 of Smallville is fast approaching, and you're wondering when the epic clash of Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor is going to happen. Let's just say that, with "Nightshade" and the previous short story "Inquisitor", the pieces are on the board ... and the game is about to begin! You can follow the links to find all of my 'Bruce fics': a world where Bruce and Clark have met.

Bruce Wayne is not the only DC Comics character to have made an appearance in my fictional universe. Oliver Queen (aka Green Arrow) appeared my story "Archer" -- three years before his actual appearance on the show. Clark, Chloe and Pete already had an adventure with the Emerald Archer from Star City around the time of Season 3.

Other characters who have made an apperance in my fics include Lucius Fox, Chief Operating Officer of Wayne Enterprises ... and the company 'viceroy' while Bruce continues his globe-trotting and training. (Both Clark and Chloe are starting to wonder if those trips involve more than frequent flyer points!) Close friend Harvey Dent (the future Two-Face) also makes an appearance as a celebrity defense attorney -- and yes, I do have interesting plans for his character in the future *insert maniacal cackle here*.

Naturally, you can't bring on Oliver Queen without mentioning Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary), who I've revamped as an FBI agent -- one whose path has intersected before with both Ollie and Bruce. So far she only has cameo appearances in two fics, but it's a safe bet that you can expect more from her in future stories. At this time, she won't be donning the fishnets -- the no- costumes role strictly applies in most of my fics -- but there will likely be allusions aplenty about her future.

This brings me to yet another DC Comics character, Helena Bertinelli (the future Huntress, and Dinah's future pal) whose supporting role in my fic "Vigilante" also developed an intriguing alliance between Lex Luthor and Gotham mobster Tony Zucco. In my universe, Zucco ascended to the top of the Gotham underworld by wiping out the Bertinelli clan. I expect that this unholy alliance will bear much fruit ... and many bodies beneath Gotham Harbour!

Fans of Batman: The Animated Series might recall Summer Gleeson, the redheaded TV reporter who always broke the news about Batman's activities. In my fictional universe, she is a GCTV reporter who has come close to unravelling Clark's own secrets (as well as Bruce's heart ... yeah, I know, yet another 'ship, LOL). I wouldn't count her out of the picture in future stories.

We can't mention Bruce without also discussing Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce's loyal butler. In my universe, Alfred had a murky past as an MI6 operative -- a past that haunted him and has occasionally resurfaced. Will his unique friendship with Chloe Sullivan have unexpected implications and risks, as Bruce prepares to take his first steps towards his own destiny? We shall see ;).

I've always tried to use DC characters that would seem likely to make an appearance, and where they could have a realistic role to play ie it seems credible that a Dinah Lance could start a crimefighting career as an FBI agent, or that Lex would forge strategic ties with a Gotham kingpin. That would explain the abundance of Batman-universe-related characters. I would say that Alfred has been one of the more interesting characters to flesh out, since we all know he plays a pivotal role in Bruce's life and his partnership with Chloe Sullivan could be a source for future problems. If anyone knows about 'Secrets and Lies' ... it's Bruce Wayne!

I'm sure you're wondering if Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Joker, Penguin -- among others -- will make a pit stop in Smallville:

Jim Gordon: This would be extremely likely, since Bruce is really on the verge of testing out his night job. It's too early for Gordon to be the commissioner, but he would already be on the GCPD payroll. As for Babs, who knows?

Joker: Would I like to use him in a future fic? Yes! Could I construct a feasible background where he might appear (before the bleached skin and crazy laugh)? Probably. I'm not sure about him, because his presence could overpower anything else in the story -- and it still should be a Smallville-related universe. I think Bruce's friendship with Lex would have to be over before I'd venture to bring on the Clown Prince of Crime. Never say never, right?

Penguin: You know, I could see him fit in. He is an underworld figure, and Gotham (or Metropolis!) could be up for grabs. Again, his background would need a Smallville reboot ie no goons dressed as penguins!

Anything is possible -- but not always probable.

My common disclaimer has been that dramatic license (in general) prevails over strict loyalty to comics/TV canon. I think I've managed to both respect the essence of the original characters in my fics while giving them an appropriate revamp. Bruce Wayne's character definitely requires the most caution and respect, and I think fans of a Bruce in Smallville will enjoy reading about glimpses of 'both' Bruces: the affable socialite, and the vigilante-in-training.

Keep an eye out for future postings here and on fanfiction.net.

Regards,

President Luthor
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