After months of speculation, Michael Rosenbaum just closed a deal to reprise his role as Lex Luthor in the two hour series finale of “Smallville” reports Deadline.
Those involved in the show have been heavily courting him to return for months, but it was only this week that talks heated up and the deal was signed. The show has around six weeks and three episodes left to shoot of its tenth and final season before wrapping production which means Rosenbaum’s appearance will be confined to the finale.
In a statement, Rosenbaum says “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is,” he said. “I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”
Rosenbaum last appeared on the show almost three years ago during the seventh season finale. Seemingly perishing under the Arctic ice, Lex was seen the following season as a burned and mangled corpse on life support (played by another actor) who was then killed in an explosion.
Despite that, there’s been hints of Lex’s return and a child clone of the character was discovered earlier this season – a child named Alexander who is ageing rapidly and developing Lex’s darker psychological traits. It’s expected Rosenbaum will return as the adult version of this character.