When Christopher Nolan’s Superman movie, “Man of Steel,” was announced, fervent speculation about who would play Clark Kent began immediately. Henry Cavill ultimately won the role, with Amy Adams as his Lois Lane. The casting news didn’t stop “Smallville” fans from insisting that TV’s Tom Welling, who recently wrapped the show after 10 years — was the only Clark for them.
]]>recent radio interview, Welling said that despite rumors, he was never approached about “Man of Steel.” He wasn’t offended about being overlooked, though. “This is the second [Superman] film that will be made since I’ve played Clark Kent,” he says. “I know that it’s very complicated due to where I was and being on a television show… I wasn’t asked, I don’t know if I was considered or not, but I do know they went in a different direction.” As for a possible cameo appearance, Welling says, “Not that I know of! It could be? No, I have no information supporting that allegation, unfortunately.” He doesn’t sound particularly averse to the idea, though. One thing is for sure – Welling plans to see the film when it hits theaters in December 2012. “I can’t wait to see it, I think they have a dream team with everyone involved and it’s going to be a fantastic movie, and I’m just as excited to see it as anybody else,” he says enthusiastically. “Christopher Nolan doesn’t do anything that’s not the best.” Now that “Smallville” is over, Welling is looking forward to trying on some new hats. “I hope to play many different characters in what I’d like to think would be a career in this business,” he says. If The CW’s “Hellcats,” which he executive produces, gets picked up for a second season, he looks forward to directing an episode or two. “I would love to. I can’t wait to…be a part of that,” he says of the show, which films in “Smallville’s” old stomping grounds of Vancouver. “I know the city well, it’s very dear to my heart, and we have a lot of friends, friends who have become family, up there, so I can’t wait to get up here.” He and his wife, Jamie, are also working on developing a film and another TV show within their production company. That said, they did take a little time to have fun after Welling left the “Smallville” set for the last time. Jamie threw him a “Happy Unemployment” surprise party. “[It was] the only surprise party I’ve ever had thrown for me in my life,” he laughs. “I’m still a little bit shocked that it happened. I can only imagine what I looked like when I walked through that door. I thought, ‘I know all these people! Why are they throwing Jamie a party?'”