No Tights, No Flights… No More?


By Egotist / / “No tights, no flights” was the rule Smallville series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar established for Clark Kent’s pre-Superman character on the WB/CW show. And last night’s series finale ultimately broke the rule in fitting and satisfying fashion. Call us sentimental, but we’re just suckers for things finally coming together and working out. And it only took Smallville ten years to get to it. There was no spoiler alert needed here; we all know Clark Kent becomes Superman – but c’mon, as much as we knew it was coming, that dramatic gesture of ripping open his shirt to reveal one of the most recognizable symbols in pop culture history will never get old… So, sure, the summer blockbuster season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend, but this finale event marks what we’re calling henceforth as The Summer of The Fanboy. First off, comic book movies are releasing left and right, like Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class and Captain America. Sci-fi-wise, there’s Cowboys & Aliens, as well as Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And of course, the much-anticipated Steven Spielberg-J.J. Abrams project, Super 8. (Speaking of Spielberg, the Dreamworks-produced series Falling Skies is debuting on TNT this June.) Then we’ve got the sequels, with The Hangover Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 just around the corner. There’s also Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2. And believe it or not, Transformers is cranking out another one, too. Lastly, we’ve got offerings from Conan (we could really care less about this Conan) and A Tribe Called Quest (Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of ATCQ) going into wide release. So, Smallville may be over, but look at all this stuff you’ve got to look forward to. So. Much. More. Stuff. Yep, it’s a great time to be a fanboy, indeed. Enjoy your summer, boys and girls.