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27 July 2005 @ 07:35 pm
Smallville Has Marsters And More...  
James Marsters, best known as the blond, British vampire Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, will be making a guest appearance in the upcoming season of Smallville, the WB network announced. At the Television Critics Press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Smallville star Tom Welling announced that Marsters would be playing a character from the original DC comic-book series. "Joining us this season will be another famous character from Superman lore, Milton Fine, also known as Brainiac," Welling told critics. "Brainiac, the ultimate villain, will be played by someone you are very familiar with, James Marsters of Angel, but this time without the British accent and the blond hair, which I'm kind of sad about, but we'll see."

In an interview with SCI FI Wire, executive producer Al Gough said that he and the other writers had been wanting to introduce the character for a while, and always had Marsters in mind for the role. "We always thought he was fantastic in Buffy and then in Angel, and he just felt like he'd be a good fit for this character," he said. "He was always sort of the first guy we wanted, and we met with him and told him the arc for what we wanted for Milton Fine as Brainiac."

Brainiac will be introduced as a college professor who tries to turn Clark against humanity, according to Gough. "He's a wonderful actor beyond being Spike, so I think he'll bring all of that to the role," he said. "We've talked about it, and what's nice is, he's going to be one of Clark's college professors. ... It's more of the grand seduction of Clark Kent rather than someone coming in and them throwing each other around. And I think James is really up for the challenge."

But Brainiac isn't the only character from the DC Comics universe who will be making an appearance in Smallville. Welling also announced the introduction of Aquaman, who will have a relationship with Lois Lane, played by Erica Durance. As an aside, Welling noted that Durance is terrified of the water, which "will be interesting on set." So far, there has been no announcement of who will be playing the character.

Gough admitted that he watches the HBO series Entourage, in which the main character is up for a role in a James Cameron-directed adaptation of Aquaman, but the producers of Smallville had already planned to bring on the character before the Entourage storyline aired. "We actually had planned to do [it], because there are only so many DC comics that they're not developing as movies that we've been allowed to [do]," Gough said. "We wanted Wonder Woman, we couldn't get her. We wanted Batman, we couldn't get him. So we got The Flash. And then we said, 'How about Aquaman?' He's a much maligned character. So for our show, we thought he's a great character to teach Clark, basically, to think globally. Our take on Aquaman at this point is that he's like an environmental activist, who teaches Clark that there's more to life than just Smallville and college and things like that."

The final Smallville-related announcement to come out of The WB's presentation was a future guest appearance by Tom Wopat, who co-starred with Smallville's John Schneider in 1980s television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Wopat will play a senator with undisclosed ties to Schneider's character. Smallville returns for a fifth season in the fall.

JDean_81jdean_81 on July 28th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
I really enjoy Marsters... though I can't yet imagine him without the accent.
Mark: guy Heathboywondermark on July 28th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Yeah...I saw James in a TV show..."Strange Frequency"...he played a guitarist that was in league with the devil...or something like that! It was very strange not to hear the accent!
A.M.ultimategirl on July 28th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
Okay, Tom Wopat guesting on Smallville is just amusing! lol!
Mark: batman and sharkboywondermark on July 28th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
That's hilarious, isn't it?! LOL!

(I can't wait for Aquaman...I always loved him...and Namor too! LOL!)
TeknoDaveteknodave on July 28th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
What would be funny is if they do a scene at Wopat's character's home, and he has a Dodge Charger in his garage that he is restoring! *hehehe*

Masters without the Brit accent? His accent is sooo sexy! *sob*
Markboywondermark on July 28th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Or if they get together to shoot bow and arrows! LOL!

I actually thought Marsters was a Brit until I found out different!
TeknoDave: Work Hardteknodave on July 28th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Me too...I thought his accent was so dead-on (excuse the pun, lol) I thought he was British too!
Mark: PunkDuckyboywondermark on July 28th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yep...he never overplayed it!
Josh Pascalfoamyisgod on July 28th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
YAY Spike. I am a huge Buffy-Angel Fan. I have been following James career for quite some time. His music is great. I have seen him on several interviews without the accent too. I think it's great that he is moving on out of the "Spike" character into something new. It will really help his hollywood career. I can't wait. Being a big superman/smallville fan, it's gonna be great to see another familiar face in the cast. I am so excited to see how this new role plays out. Thanks for the update
Mark: BoyWonder2boywondermark on July 28th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm also a Buffy/Angel fan...and a Smallville fan! I loved James as Spike and he is an inspired choice to play Brainiac! He certainly has the bone structure! I hope, too, that this role leads to bigger and better things for him...it's so easy for an actor/actress in a popular TV show to be typecast!