Retro Play: Smallville
One of the first things that come to many people’s mind when they hear or see Smallville for the first time, is that it was going to be a Superboy or something of that sort. Perhaps they think that it’ll be too tied in with its earlier rendition of Superman.
Well, it’s been more than a decade since the series made a splash and it proved to be one of the earlier WB (now CW) hits that made the teen supernatural genre what it is today.
The story starts off simple enough. The Kents, for whom have no child, find a small boy in a cornfield. There was a deadly meteor shower which had killed Lana Lang’s parents and left the younger Lex Luthor without hair.
Smallville, which looks like anywhere USA and without a problem in the world beyond the latest town gossip, slowly becomes a place with a dark and hidden history.
Clark Kent, finds out where he comes from and thus you have his origin story of how he became Superman. But instead of just being that premise, and stalling out quickly, we see Clark as a young man learning to live on Earth, drama and all. Many of the episodes become dedicated to humanizing him and the supporting cast of heroes and villains.
This made Superman as a character appeal to a wider audience, particularly that of the CW demographic. It was a way many younger audience members became captivated by the hero.
Smallville manages to transform Clark Kent into the typical teen male who is trying to find his place in the world.
For many older millennials, looking back on the 2000’s involves seeing shows like Smallville, ones in which helped shape a generation who would become known for being the group that grew up with technology and social media being the key parts of our society.
This generation saw the reshaping and adapting of traditional stories into ones that transcend their original narratives, ones which attempt to appeal to younger audiences, while also reaching for the previous generations.
Smallville did just this, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, do yourself a favor and add it to your binge list, we certainly will.