SMALLVILLE Star Michael Rosenbaum Will Not Return As Lex Luthor For CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

SMALLVILLE Star Michael Rosenbaum Will Not Return As Lex Luthor For CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

While Tom Welling and Erica Durance may be on board for "Crisis on Infinite Earths", it looks like they won't be joined by their former on-screen adversary Michael Rosenbaum, who has declined WB's offer.

The epic Smallville reunion we were hoping for just took a major hit, as Michael Rosenbaum has revealed via Twitter that he has decided to pass on WB TV's offer to reprise the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event.

The fan-favorite actor/podcaster, who is widely considered to have portrayed the best live-action interpretation of Lex Luthor ever, shared the following statement, with full details on the underwhelming offer he received and why he ultimately chose to pass.

"Friends, many of you have tweeted and asked me about joining the Infinite Crossover. I can't tell you how much this means to me. I'll just be straight up about this. WB called my agents Friday afternoon when I was in Florida visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. Their offer: No Script. No idea what I'm doing. No idea when I'm shooting. Basically no money. And the real kick in the ass "We have to know now." My simple answer was "Pass". I think you can understand why. I hope this answers all of your questions. Lovingly, Rosenbaum."

While Rosenbaum may be out (for now?), the five-parter will still feature appearances from his former Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance, who have been confirmed to reprise their iconic roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. 

The former on-screen lovebirds (Clois!) headline a large number of returning special guest stars, including LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor/Anti-Monitor, Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen/Earth-90 Flash, Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Kevin Conroy as future Bruce Wayne and Burt Ward in an undisclosed role. Additional Black Lightning characters are also expected to appear, but it's not entirely clear which ones just yet. 

Both Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow) and Tom Cavanagh (The Flash) will be pulling double duty for their respective shows. Routh will suit up as both The Atom and Kingdom Come Superman, while Cavanagh is expected to play Pariah in addition to the latest iteration of Harrison Wells. 

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" begins with Supergirl on December 8, followed by Batwoman on December 9, The Flash on December 10 and concludes with an Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow double header on January 14, 2020. 
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