Lex Luthor WILL return for Smallville's season finale after all

If you like Smallville, you're going to LOVE this—contrary to previous reports, Michael Rosenbaum has announced he WILL reprise his role as Lex Luthor on the series finale! And he says he's doing it for the fans.

Soon after we told you about the Entertainment Weekly story that claimed Rosenbaum didn't want to return to The CW's Smallville, TV Line announced that the actor had signed on the dotted line to return as the villainous Lex Luthor in the two-hour series finale on May 13.

Rosenbaum declared:

"I'm delighted to return for the series finale. I'm simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. 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 bad-ass he's destined to be."

Executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson also added, about Rosenbaum's eagerly anticipated return, that:

"It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn't be more excited. And as far as the way he returns ... there'll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent's life. He is the villain of the story."

Truer words were never spoken. After all, what's Superman without Lex Luthor? It's like bread without butter, cereal without milk, Sonny without Cher ... you get the drift.

After a 10th and last season that has basically set up Lex's return through his clone, Alexander, and with the return of fan favorites Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent), John Schneider (Jonathan Kent), John Glover (Lionel Luthor), Laura Vandervoot (Clark's cousin Kara/Supergirl) and even Callum Blue (Zod)—as well as many, many others, including various members of the Justice League—the return of Rosenbaum was keenly anticipated and desired both by the fans and by the Smallville cast and crew.

With the happy news of Michael Rosenbaum's return, we may get the Smallville closure we've long been waiting for. Let's face it—it would never have been the same without him.

So—are you guys relieved about Rosenbaum's return to Smallville?

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