The two-hour season finale of Smallville airs tonight on The CW, as fans mourn the departure of Tom Welling. Our friends over at E! have given the Superman series a send-off, posting a heartfelt letter from the show’s executive producers, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson:
We have been lucky. We got to sit with the writers and think about Superman every day. We got to think about what inspires us. Think about why Superman is the most recognizable character in the world. Think about the most avid fans in television and the reason they tune in every week—not only do they want to believe in good, they actually do. Someone once said that you can only truly appreciate in others what you have the potential for in yourself. Superheroes are a reflection of who we want to become. Whatever impact we’ve had on the Superman mythos, it pales compared to the impact the fans of Superman across the globe have had on us. It’s what makes us believe there’s a more peaceful future out there. Being reminded of that every week for a decade has been a gift.
Check out a preview after the jump and sound off on your favorite Smallville moments from the past ten seasons by heading on over to our Facebook page. Feel free to collectively gush over shots of Welling doing his grocery shopping last July in Vancouver. Perhaps he’ll make a cameo in Superman: Man Of Steel? There’s plenty of room for our small screen stud and Henry Cavill.