Michael Rosenbaum Credits 'Smallville' Fans For Inspiring His Return

As you have undoubtedly heard by now if you're a fan of the show, former "Smallville" star Michael Rosenbaum will be back for the series finale in a few weeks, reprising his role as Clark Kent's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum left the show after the seventh season, supposedly never to return, but now he's coming back — and thanking the fans for convincing him to do so.

"I just felt like it was the right thing to do," he said in an interview with Courier Press. "I felt the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no. I was starting to hear voices. I felt after 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so."

"I’m doing it for them," he continued. "I’ve got to make the fans happy. Lex is an integral part of the show. No one expects a show to last 10 years. I gave them seven years and I thought it was pretty commendable. Now it’s been on three more years. Clark is starting to look like he’s in his 30s."

Rosenbaum also acknowledges that there's very important ground that the series still has to cover before the final chapter closes on young Clark Kent's pre-Superman existence.

"Obviously there’s unfinished business between Clark and Lex that [they] have got to get resolved," said Rosenbaum. "Our future is depending on it."

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