SMALLVILLE Spoilers: 8th Season Premiere Pics

Wondering what’s in store for Clark and Co. as SMALLVILLE heads into its eighth [and possibly final] season this Fall? You know, aside from the seriously darker tone that this TV Addict can’t help but think is at least partially inspired by the success of THE DARK KNIGHT. Simply click on the link below. But beware, serious spoilers ahead.

Forging ahead into its eighth season, this modern retelling of the Superman legend and its classic characters continues to blend realism, action and emotional depth to reveal a new interpretation of the enduring mythology. This season Clark Kent (Tom Welling) moves closer than ever to embracing his calling as the iconic superhero he is destined to become.
Spending less time in his hometown and more time in the big city of Metropolis, Clark will encounter new challenges and a few new faces, both friend and foe, as he begins his career at the Daily Planet. This season will feature visits by characters from every corner of the D.C. universe, including Plastique, the heroine-to-be with an explosive personality; Maxima, the seductive, intergalactic goddess; and Superman’s most formidable adversary, Doomsday, the only character who is able to kill Superman. This season will also feature an appearance by D.C. Comics’ time-traveling Legion of Superheroes, who come back from the future in an episode to be penned by renowned comic book writer Geoff Johns.
Last season came to a stunning conclusion with a confrontation between Clark and his longtime nemesis, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) under the frozen columns of Clark’s arctic Fortress of Solitude. Years of secrets came to a head as Clark’s former friend finally discovered the truth about Clark’s alien heritage. Clark’s world soon came crashing down as the fortress crumbled in an icy avalanche, leaving both characters’ fate a mystery. Lex’s moment of truth didn’t come without a price. He murdered his father Lionel (John Glover) for the information about the legendary “Traveler.” Clark also had to defeat Brainiac (James Marsters), who had banished Clark’s Supergirl cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoort) to the Phantom Zone and attacked both Chloe (Allison Mack) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk), leaving them both in catatonic comas. Though Brainiac’s demise ultimately lifted their trances, Chloe was soon arrested for hacking into federal databases – just as she was about to respond to Jimmy Olsen’s (Aaron Ashmore) marriage proposal. Meanwhile, in a tearful, videotaped goodbye, Lana told Clark that she was leaving Smallville and his life forever, encouraging Clark to fulfill his destiny – something he cannot accomplish with her in his world. While one chapter of his life seemingly came to an end, another one was about to begin. With fewer commitments tethering Clark to the farm, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) asked him to apply for a job opening at the Daily Planet.
The season eight premiere takes place a few weeks after the Fortress’ icy collapse, as a LuthorCorp arctic excavation team investigates Lex’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, members of the Justice League, including Green Arrow (Justin Hartley,), Black Canary (guest star Alaina Huffman) and Aquaman (guest star Alan Ritchson), reunite in the search for Clark, who has been rendered powerless by the fall of the Fortress.
As episodes unfold, Clark’s new position at the Daily Planet will mean working across the desk from Lois. The two will be forced to team up to cover some of Metropolis’ most pressing goings on. Sometimes it’s Lois herself who becomes Clark’s biggest obstacle, especially when he’s on a deadline. With Clark and Lois thrust into such close proximity, sparks are bound to fly, and feelings will start to surface that come as a surprise to both of them. At the same time, Clark begins to discover the balancing act he must perform as he explores his dual identities as both reporter and superhero.
Even with Lex gone, the Luthor mansion isn’t vacant for long. Its newest resident is the beguiling Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), who, according to Lex’s written instructions, has been placed in charge of LuthorCorp and all of its projects, including oversight of the Daily Planet. Tess proves to be as inscrutable as she is cunning, and an enigmatic new presence in our characters’ lives. It won’t be long before Tess’ attention turns to Clark. But Clark is wary of her intentions, and as the layers of her past are peeled away, new mysteries surface. Through it all Tess’ resolve remains unshakable – to find Lex Luthor, who she is convinced is still alive.
Clark isn’t the only one who will face formidable challenges. Oliver Queen has come back to make Metropolis his home, where he finds himself at a crossroads, forced to travel through some dark terrain – especially when demons from his past are reawakened. Oliver ultimately begins to question his role as a superhero, just as Clark is embracing his own.
With a new fiancé and puzzling new abilities that intrigue her as much as they frighten her, Chloe decides to turn her attention towards helping others. She takes over where Lana left off and reopens the Isis Foundation to provide counseling for those with meteor-powered abilities. She soon finds just how tricky the meteor-powered can be.
Chloe’s life is further complicated when she meets Metropolis paramedic Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer). A tireless public servant, Bloome strikes up a fast friendship with Chloe. Soulful and mysterious, Bloome has demons of his own. He’s troubled by large gaps of time that he can’t remember, and as he comes closer to the answers, he must confront his own worst fear – that at his core he is pure evil.

Photo Credit: “Odyssey” — Tom Welling as Clark Kent in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW © 2008 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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  • cam3150

    I’m just glad to see Clark FINALLY dressed in something other than red and blue. I get the reasoning behind that, and it worked for a while but, as he got older, it just didn’t make sense anymore. Hopefully the wardrobe department will be a little busier this season! I’m excited, it looks like it’s going to be good this year.

  • Mark

    Whoa, these pictures actually make Smallville look INTERESTING. When did this happen???

  • Rysa

    Not excited.

  • Eric

    wait….Smallville is still on? Thought that shut down years ago after I don’t know how many crappy seasons

  • Robert Schuh

    I am very excited about Clark Kent being both a reporter and superhero. I also think Chloe would make an excellent sidekick for Clark and the justice league. Chloe also is very loyal to Clark and would do anything for him without her in the past he probably wouldn’t have survived. I hope that Chloe and Clark get closer together and I hope Lois Lane also becomes more involved with Clark Kent emotionally and romantically involved with Clark as also Chloe. I believe that even if the show Smallvilles writers don’t go another year I believe Allison Mack and some of the other Actors and actresses are capable of picking up the show so it could continue another year or two. If Allison Mack would like to start writing and producing I believe she and other actors and actresses could write produce and still play and act and stay on the show as Chloe. God Bless

  • Robert Schuh

    At the end of my last comment I meant Allison Mack is talented enough to take a role as a writer and producer as well as some of the other actors and actresses to pick up the show Smalleville. Lots of fans would like Smalleville to continue so if the writers and producers quit then the actors and actresses like Allison Mack and Tom Welling and other could write and produce so the show Smalleville could continue. I think the 8th season is going to be a wonderful season for Smalleville. Please have Smalleville continue a year or more I watch it every Thursday its my favorite show ever. Thanks to everyone on Smalleville give my best to everyone. God Bless

  • Robert Schuh

    I hope in season 8 Lois and Clark will get to be more than friends and become more romantically or emotionally together. And that Chloe can get control of her powers and she can help Green Arrow and the justice league. I still also think Chloe is still in love with Clark but if they follow the Superman legend it will be Lois and Clark together. I think Chloe out of anyone really deserves Clark than anyone but Like I said if they follow the superman legend it would be Lois and Clark Together. I would be very happy if its either Chloe and Clark or Lois and Clark together but like I said if they follow the superman legend it will be Lois and Clark together which is OK with me either way.

  • http://Windowsxp Richard Woronowicz

    Im looking forward to this season seeing Green Arrow back with Aquaman and my favourite comic heroine Black Canary. Hope we see more of the Justice League. Warner Brother should had considered using these actors when they were considering making the Justice League.