Rumor of the Day: Smallville saga to continue ... just not on TV

When last we saw the Clark Kent in the Smallville TV universe, he was taking flight as Superman at the end of a 10-year story. It's the logical closure for a series meant to tell the story of Superman's early years, before he became the Man of Steel.

But now one of Smallville's writers seems to think it wasn't the end after all, and he wants to bring the characters back ... only not on TV.

Bryan Q. Miller, a story editor and writer on the DC Comics-based WB/CW series, is apparently set to launch a kind of 11th season for the Smallville characters on the printed page. And no, not comic books. We're talking a novel here.

No official announcement has been made yet, so of course this could all go away or transition into another format (like a comic, perhaps), but Bleeding Cool seems to think it's happening. No word on whether Miller would launch just one book for a "Where Are They Now?" kind of thing, or whether he'd get rolling with an entire series of novels chronicling the grown-up lives of the characters, but either way it's an interesting prospect.

But of course it's also an interesting dilemma. How do you continue a story called Smallville after the characters have left, you know ... Smallville? How does a novel (or a series of novels) about Superman hope to match or eclipse what's been done in the comics, or even tread new ground that the comics haven't covered in the last 73 years?

Of course, it could be an interesting chance to bringing the Smallville storytelling style to a medium where budget is no longer a concern. And after all, Joss Whedon's had pretty considerable success continuing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel sagas via comics, so maybe this isn't such a bad idea. In the meantime, we'll keep an eye out for any kind of official announcement.

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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