After giving a recent Buzzfeed interview in which he addressed the legacy of Smallville on the small screen, veteran comic book TV actor Tom Welling's thoughts on reappearing in the role of Clark Kent/Superman on Supergirl -- which didn't make it into the article proper -- have been released online by the writer of the story.
The series, which centers on Superman's cousin, has featured brief, blurry cameo appearances by the Man of Steel, but showrunners have been reluctant to say one way or another whether they might eventually cast a Superman for themselves. Given that former Superman Dean Cain plays the adoptive father of Supergirl and former Supergirl Helen Slater is her adoptive mother, the idea of casting another former Superman in the role of Superman doesn't seem entirely crazy.
"There's people who would like it," Welling said. "There's people who don't like it, but I will tell you that no one has ever asked me to do it. So, I don't know. It would be kind of odd. I don't know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman..."
That's all he said -- so officially that's not a hard no, but it certainly doesn't sound like he's either eager or feeling prepared to jump back into the tights anytime soon.
You can see writer Jarett Wieselman's tweet below:
Tom Welling on the odds he'd ever play Superman on #Supergirl (didn't make the final piece) https://t.co/SgYQRjtDcz pic.twitter.com/BMh4uQQTEP— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 27, 2016
Last year, there were persistent rumors that Welling would appear on The Flash as Superman, but it never happened. Early reports indicated that Mark Pedowitz, the head of The CW, had teased the appearance during a meeting with the press, but neither The CW nor any local press ever had a credible record of such a meeting.