Loeb In Smallville Magazine #6: Interview Highlights!
sixth issue of Titan's official Smallville magazine is
now available at newsstands. The issue many interviews with
actors and crew of Smallville.
are some details from an interview with Smallville's "Storyteller
For All Seasons," Jeph Loeb:
Al Gough and Miles Millar publicly crediting Loeb's comic book
series "Superman For All Seasons" as an inspiration:
very flattered that Al & Miles often publicly give credit
for All Seasons as being one of their inspirations for the show.
They're very giving in that way. I've always seen it as For
All Seasons helping give birth to Smallville, Smallville then
became its own thing, and anything that came out of Birthright
[the DC Comics series that used the Smallville-originated conceit
of Lex Luthor knowing Clark Kent as a teen] is something else
again. Smallville is its own entity. I may have had some inspirations
from the way that we approached For All Seasons, but it's certainly
taken on its own mythology. For All Seasons is a very classic
Superman story - Ma and Pa Kent are old enough to be his grandparents.
Smallville chose to make the Kents John Schneider and Annette
O'Toole. That to me is inspired because it helps that John and
Annette bring so much to the show - they are actually the age
that parents would be with a high school student son, so I think
it's a better way to connect with the audience and I didn't
have anything to do with that! That this is now reflected back
into the comic world is something that I look at like we're
stepchildren - we're not actually related, so you can't really
draw a straight line between us."
Loeb's added responsibility of being a liaison between the show
and DC Comics:
"The other responsibility I have inherited this year
is that I am now the liaison with DC Comics. The relationship
with DC is so important, and I have a pre-existing relationship
with them - we speak the same language. When we decided to do
the Flash story, I went through it with Paul Levitz at DC, just
to make sure he was OK with where we were going and how to protect
both properties. That's really DC's goal here - to protect the
property. So may job is to be able to translate it in a way
that it will work for our show and work for DC."
finally, about the show's fourth season:
"This is their last year at Smallville High, they're
gonna graduate at the end - at least that's the plan! And then
on we go... The nice part about it is that we do have this mythical
and mystical five year plan created by Al and Miles, and so
far we have begun in the places that they thought we were going
to begin at and we have ended in the places where they thought
we were going to end. How we got there is the challenge that
they and the writing staff have to figure out during any given
this is just the tip of the iceberg - Loeb has many more things
to say in his interview, so if you want to read more, find yourself
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