‘We Wouldn’t Be Allowed to Make that Show Today’

Before James Gunn and Peter Safran decided to focus on a young Clark Kent as part of the DC Studios overhaul, we had “Smallville.”

Created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, the young Superman drama starring Tom Welling premiered in 2001 and ran for 10 seasons. Now, Gough and Millar are the team behind Netflix’s smash hit “Wednesday,” another series that takes a fresh look at a beloved part of pop culture. In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the show, they touched on their time working on “Smallville.”

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When asked if they would ever consider revisiting or rebooting the series, the duo agreed: No.

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“I think we’ve told that story and they’re always reviving Superman,” Gough said. “I just read last night that James Gunn is writing a new newer Superman movie, and I’m like, ‘OK.’ I feel like we were very, very lucky to do the show when we did because we were able to do the show that we wanted to do, and honestly, there was no committee telling us what we could or couldn’t do. I mean, we had Warner’s features, which weren’t going to give us certain characters that we wanted, but we got to do the show that we wanted to do, which we wouldn’t be allowed to do on this show today.”

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Millar pointed out that, considering how far from the established Superman canon “Smallville” is, “we absolutely wouldn’t be allowed to do that show and make those changes today, which is a real tragedy because I think what’s amazing if you look at The history of comics and these characters is that they’re always evolving.

“We were still very privileged to have that moment where we were really free to do whatever we wanted,” Millar added, “and it was amazing and very liberating.”

And while they did say with a laugh that they don’t have any advice for Gunn as he begins his own Clark Kent series, they did tease another long-considered project.

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“We tried for a long time to get a young Miss Marple and maybe that influenced us with the whodunnit element [in ‘Wednesday’], but it’s definitely something that was interesting as a character that you always see,” Millar said. “I think it was something, seeing how she developed into an uncaring old lady in Agatha Christie was something we talked about for a while.”

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