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Will James Gunn’s DC Universe include the Smallville cast? Michael Rosenbaum has hopes

Michael Rosenbaum discusses the possibility of the Smallville cast appearing in James Gunn’s DC Universe.

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It’s the dawn of a new DC Universe. DC Studios co-presidents James Gunn and Peter Safran are launching a new cinematic universe, hoping to take the iconic DC characters in a bold new direction. As we prepare for the launch of Gunn and Safran’s new DC Universe, we can’t help but wonder if we’ll be seeing any familiar faces among the cast.

During the 2023 C2E2 convention, Michael Rosenbaum contemplated the possibility. During a Smallville reunion panel, a fan asked Rosenbaum if he and his co-stars would be appearing in Gunn’s DCU.

“Probably not,” Rosenbaum answered. “Who knows. He actually told me, ‘I’m always thinking of you.’ I never expect anything, if something happens, great. He put me as Martinex in Guardians 2 and 3. It was fun. It wasn’t much. I’m hoping to do something bigger with him to show my chops and all that. He knows what I can do, so hopefully he’ll make the right decision.”

The idea isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. Gunn and Rosenbaum are longtime friends, and the DC Studios co-president has a habit of casting people he’s familiar with. It’s also worth noting that as of this writing, Rosenbaum has been the only person to give James Gunn an in-depth interview on his new DC Universe. The discussion can be heard on Rosenbaum’s podcast Inside Of You.

What do you think? Is it possible that we’ll see some Smallville alumni in the DC Studios era? Give us your best casting choices in the comments section.


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Joshua Lapin-Bertone

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Joshua is a pop culture writer specializing in comic book media. His work has appeared on the official DC Comics website, the DC Universe subscription service, HBO Max promotional videos, the Batman Universe fansite, and more. In between traveling around the country to cover various comic conventions, Joshua resides in Florida where he binges superhero television and reads obscure comics from yesteryear.

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