Why Lex Luthor WON'T be returning to Smallville

What do Smallville fans want as much as seeing Clark Kent finally fly into the sunset wearing Superman's tights and cape? Why, they want to see the return of Lex Luthor, of course! But those dreams may just have been crushed. Permanently.

According to EW, actor Michael Rosenbaum, who played Clark Kent's nemesis Lex Luthor for seven seasons on The CW's Smallville, has apparently repeatedly turned down offers to return to the series for one last hurrah in the finale:

"He has put the show behind him and moved on," says a knowledgeable source. "He's pursuing his other creative outlet [writing]. By all indications, he is not going to be involved."

The door is being kept open for him to return, though there are only three episodes left to shoot (so, basically, don't hold your breath) before the series wraps production later next month. But the producers are, of course, still hoping that the actor will change his mind.

The Smallville finale will air May 13 on the CW.

So what do you think? Will Michael Rosenbaum change his mind and make a surprise appearance in the finale after all? Or will we never see Lex Luthor (played by Rosenbaum, of course) on Smallville again? And if not, will that ruin the show's closure?

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