Comic-Con Report: More With Sam Witwer On
week, we posted our interview with Sam
Witwer and his take on the series' new
character Davis Bloome... a man who may someday
spell Doomsday for Clark. Now, we have more
material to add to the interview - just scroll
down past where it says NEW STUFF!
here you go...
is this paramedic in Metropolis - a very cool,
conscientious, nice guy," Witwer reveals
about his character of Davis Bloome. "He's
sort of a perpetual outsider. He grew up in
the foster system and had a very tough childhood.
He's brought into the story because he forms
this fast friendship with Chloe, and eventually
he starts blacking out and missing time, and
he becomes curious as to why that's happening,
and what he learns is really horrible stuff."
finds out that he is innately the opposite
of whatever he wanted to be. Hopefully
the telling of that story will be very
sad and psychologically messed up, and
it will be probably very easily the
darkest stuff Smallville's ever
done," Witwer reveals.
he is Doomsday, and he will eventually
resemble the character that DC Comics
fans are expecting," Witwer spoils.
When asked if that means he will be
wearing prosthetics later in the season,
Witwer could not answer. "That
I cannot comment on, but I will say
that he will eventually resemble what
people are expecting," he says.
just hope that the fans like what we do with
it, because it's our own interpretation,"
Witwer says. "It's with the blessing
of DC Comics, and we are not invalidating
any of the backstory that Doomsday's had previously,
but we are interpreting and adding to that
backstory, and hopefully the fans dig on it,
and I'll take my best shot at that guy."
is hesitant to provide too many details on
the kind of relationship and interaction his
character will have with Clark. "Where
that relationship is going, it's a new type
of thing for the show. I'll say this: I don't
think Clark has had the opportunity to have
a friend like Davis, and likewise. I can't
get any more vague than that, can I? They're
going to have a very unique buddy-buddy friendship.
That sounds weird too, doesn't it? I can't
talk about it, man. I really can't. It's a
really awesome idea, though," he says.
He is unable to describe his first scene with
Clark as the scene was yet to be filmed at
the time of the roundtable discussion. "He
meets all of these characters at once, so
in terms of his first impression of Clark,
it's a hard question to answer because we
haven't shot it yet. We're about to shoot
it in the next day or so, actually, so I can't
get super-specific as to how that's going
to go down, but I do know where the relationship
is going, and I can't say anything about that
either. But! It's a very cool thing,"
he says. With that comment, Cassidy Freeman
reminds him that he is being a tease.
is, however, ready for a Doomsday/Clark brawl.
"He's been asking for it, man. You know.
Who doesn't wasn't to take a swing at that
guy?" he laughs. "I just hope that
the fans like what we do with it, because
it's our own interpretation. It's with the
blessing of DC Comics, and we're not invalidating
any of the backstory that Doomsday has had
previously, but we are interpreting and adding
to that backstory, and hopefully the fans
dig on it, and I'll take my best shot at that
acknowledges that playing a villainous character
can be a great challenge. "Playing those
roles, it's really tiring, but it's great.
It's a great challenge," he says. "I
like doing things that intimidate me. When
I read the script for The Mist, I was
like 'I don't know how I'm going to do that;
I don't know how that's going to work out.'
Same thing with Dexter. I've had the
opportunity to play a lot of things, where
I had no idea how it was going to go, and
I was intimidated, and didn't think it was
going to work out, and it's really tough.
It's easier to say the nicer guy, and that's
what we're doing right now, so I'm happy.
But eventually, again, you do want to challenge
yourself, and you do want to stretch, so I
am looking forward to exhausting myself,"
familiar folks made the transition to Smallville
easy for Mr. Witwer. "What's cool is
there are members of the crew that were on
Battlestar, so there were some friendly
faces, so that was really awesome," he
had experience with Battlestar Galactica
and Star Wars prior to taking the Smallville
role, Witwer is no stranger to projects with
great mythologies. "It's really great,
because as a kid I was a huge Superman fan,
and watched all the movies with my parents,
and I'm a big sort of pop culture mythology
guy, and so stories like the Superman mythology
and the Star Wars mythology, they're significant
and they're important, because I think they're
great tools for teaching basic morality, especially
to kids. So, that's why I'm so into them,
and that's why I feel very lucky to be a part
of it," Sam says.
the series' large fandoms, it was asked if
Sam checked out what was being said about
him online. "I was told [to avoid it]
early on, I think Katee Sackhoff suggested
that, because she went through hell with that
stuff. I try to stay away from it and just
kind of do what I think I should do, and hope
that [the fans] like it, and eventually it'll
trickle back whether people like it or not.
I'd rather have that happen in a sort of more
natural process than go and seek out every
guy has their opinion on how it should have
been done or how it wasn't done," he
for Sam Witwer to make his first appearance
early in Season 8.