Witwer & Freeman Spell Doomsday for “Smallville”

Whether fans realized it or not, last month wasn’t the first time Cassidy Freeman’s face had been seen at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The actor had worked on a film called “Razor Sharp,” which won best Action/Adventure Film at the Comic-Con International Film Festival in 2006. Now Freeman is ready to make her mark on “Smallville,” portraying Tess Mercer, inspired by Miss Teschmacher from the Richard Donner Superman film and Mercy Graves from the Warner Bros. animated series, who will be filling in for Lex Luthor in the wake of actor Michael Rosenbaum’s retiring from the CW series.

Joining Freeman this season is Sam Witwer (“The Mist,” “Battlestar Galactica”) who will bring Doomsday to “Smallville,” literally, with the introduction of Davis Bloome, a paramedic who is destined to one day murder Kal-El. Having steeped himself in the mythology of not just two popular genre shows, Witwer is about to become part of the Star Wars universe, portraying Darth Vader's secret apprentice, Starkiller, in the “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” video game.

Both actors spoke with CBR News last month about their roles in the new season of “Smallville,” which begins September 18 on the CW network.

“It's really great because as a kid I was a huge Superman fan and [I] watched all the movies with my parents,” Witwer said. “I'm a big pop culture mythology guy 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 moralities, especially to kids. So that's why I am so into them, that’s why I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”

Witwer doesn’t mind the idea of coming to blows with Clark Kent. “Well he's been asking for it man,” Witwer joked. “You know, who doesn't want to take a swing at that guy?” The actor’s main concern isn’t the Man of Steel’s left hook, but rather the Superman fans. “I just hope the fans like what we do with it because it's our own interpretation. It's with the blessing of DC Comics and we are not invalidating any back story Doomsday's had previously but we are interpreting and adding to that back story and hopefully the fans dig on it.”

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