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Superboy is an American Action Superhero Drama Television Series, based off of DC Comic's teenage version of the character Superman, Superboy, and the 2001 Prequel Television Series, Smallville, premiering on November 2, 2016, on the CW Television Network. Starring Dylan Sprayberry, Kevin Kostner, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jadin Gould, Jonny Gray, Emilia McCarthy, Kira Kosarin, and Uriah Shelton as the main cast of the series, Dylan Sprayberry portrays the title character, Clark Kent, an alien from another planet, who uses his powers to fight superpowered criminals as Superboy, before becoming the Man of Steel.

NOTE: This article was created by Phantom10

Premise

Followed by a meteor shower to Earth, a spaceship containing an infant boy crashes in the small town of Smallville, Kansas, where it is found by two farmers, Jonathan and Martha Kent, who adopt and raise the boy as their own son, renaming him Clark, and soon discover his developing superpowers and teach him to control them. Years later, a teenage Clark Kent continues to develop his powers, while hiding his secret from his two best friends, Pete Ross and Chloe Sullivan, and his love-interest, Lana Lang, and has also befriended Lex Luthor, the billionaire son of the CEO of LuthorCorp, but when his own powers begin to frighten himself, Jonathan and Martha reveal to Clark of how he came to be in their world. In his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from, Clark dawns a blue suit and red cape to fight crime in Smallville. As Clark continues to fight crime, he must cope with adolescence while exploring his extraterrestrial origin as Kal-El, the Last Son of the Planet Krypton, sent to Earth to evade it's destruction, and now must conquer his destiny as he grows up to become Superman, the Man of Steel.

The series also focuses on the people that Clark cares about the most: his adoptive human parents, Jonathana and Martha Kent. His best friends, Pete Ross, Chloe Sullivan, T.J. White, and Jimmy Olsen. His off and on again love-interest, Lana Lang. His bickering friendship to romance with his Daily Planet co-hort, Lois Lane. His biological kryptonian father, Jor-El. And most importantly his friendship turned arch-rivalry with Lex Luthor

The mineral Kryptonite, large pieces of Krypton that followed Clark to Earth, is used as a recurring plot device throughout the series. Kryptonite, named as a mash of Krypton and meteorite, is shown to have bizarre lingering effects on human physiology, causing them to developed odd abilities such as telepathy, shapeshifting and other paranormal powers, and Superboy often has to fight these meteor infected people, called meteor freaks. However, on a kryptonian like Clark, Kryptonite has very different effects, with multiple versions of the mineral, each having a different effect on him. Green Kryptonite physically weakens Clark and could possibly kill him if he's exposed for too long. Red kryptonite causes him to set aside moral standings and act out on his impulses and dark desires. Black kryptonite splits and can re-merge Clark's two personalities, his moral human side, Clark Kent, and his superpowered kryptonian side, Superboy. Silver kryptonite (which is solely the creation of Brainiac in the show) causes him extreme paranoia. Blue kryptonite takes away his abilities, but only as long as he's around it. Lastly, Gold Kryptonite can permanently damage or scar a Kryptonian and take away their powers permanently.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

  • Dylan Sprayberry as Clark Kent/Superboy, an alien boy that was followed by a meteor shower to Earth. He crashed in Smallville, where he was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent. They raised him on their farm and taught him to use his powers, which consist of super strength, speed, hearing, arctic breath, heat vision, x-ray vision, flight, and near invulnerability, besides kryptonite. He works alongside his friends, Chloe and Pete, at the School newspaper, and has a crush on Lana Lang, and is friends with Lex Luthor. After discovering that he's not from Earth, he begins fighting crime, wearing a blue suit, with red boots, red cape, a yellow belt, and a red and yellow "S" symbol on his chest and a yellow one on the cape. To hide his identity, he wore glasses, with a mild-mannered demeanor acting clumsy, stuttering, and slouching. A message from his biological father, Jor-El revealed that he is Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton, sent to Earth to avoid Krypton's destruction. After High School, he moved to Metropolis where he worked with Jimmy Olsen and Chloe's cousin, Lois Lane at the Daily Planet Newspaper, and fought supervillains, eventually becoming Superman.
  • Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, a couple of farmers from Smallville, Kansas, who found an infant boy in a spaceship on the day of the meteor shower. They took him in and raised him as their own, naming him Clark, and teach him to use his developing super powers, by giving him certain chores to teach him responsibility, and raised him to have good moral standards and to be loyal, selfless, and honest, wth an exception of his secret. They were initially afraid to let him explore his alien origin, afraid that his people would take him back home, but always stay behind him whenever he's ready to face his kryptonian origin. Martha used blankets from Clark's ship to make the Superboy uniform, using the "S" shield marked on the ship to symbolize Clark's heritage. Jonathan is often stubborn and hot headed when it comes to the Luthors, as he will do anything to protect his family and their secret, including going to prison and nearly giving his life, but in Season 5, he died of a heart attack, often returning as guiding spirit for Clark when he needs it.
  • Jadin Gould as Lana Lang, Clark's first crush and his on again-off again love interest, as she lives only a mile away from the Kents and is admired from afar by Clark. In the first season, he befriended her and they became closer, but everytime they did have a romantic spark, Clark's secrets, constant lies, and always running off ruined it, and she lost trust in him and gave up. In the first half of season 1, she was a cheerleader, but she wanted to quit to try new things, and eventually began a partenership with Lex Luthor to keep the Talon Coffeehouse open, and they became closer. Despite Clark's warnings that he would hurt her, Lana still wanted to try again, but when he refused, she ran into Lex's arms, only to leave him as she continued to dig into Clark's past, and finally learned that Clark is Superboy. Back together with Clark, Lana started  secretly going behind Clark's back to investigate Lex's experiments. After awaking from a coma, she left Smallville to redeem herself by helping people, knowing that Clark can conquer his destiny better without her.
  • Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, a young billionaire sent to Smallville by his father, the CEO of LuthorCorp as punishment to manage a fertilizer plant, unaware that his father was using the plant to cover up experiments. He was furious at first, until Clark saved his life and the two started an instant friendship, and he later started a partenership with Lana. Lex decided to turn a new leaf from his playboy days, refusing to return to his father. He tried to help Clark win Lana over, but in doing so he gained his own romantic feelings for her. Despite his friendship with Clark, he felt hatred towards Superboy, jealous of his power and conspired against him. Both Clark and Lex knew dark secrets were being hidden by the other and this caused their relationship to crumble down until they became enemies. Clark learned that Lex was experimenting on meteor freaks and Superboy stopped him. After his father's death, Lex took over LuthorCorp, turning it into LexCorp, using it to cover up his experiments, which he used to create multiple supervillains to take down Superboy.
  • Amir Mitchell Townes as Pete Ross, Clark's first and best friend since nursery school, whom he met when Clark stopped a bully, by shoving the bully into a door so hard that the door shattered into pieces. The Kents treat Pete as family and Pete is grateful for that, after his parents divorce, and is like a brother to Clark, but Pete was reluctant to be Clark's friend at first, since Jonathan convinced Pete's father to sell his business to Lionel Luthor, which devestated the Ross family. Unlike his and Clark's friend Chloe, Pete does not question Clark about keeping secrets from them, even though he tells Clark all of his secrets, but when he found Clark's spaceship, Clark had no choice, but to tell Pete he was Superboy, in order to save their friendship. Although this brought them closer as friends, Clark's secret became too much of a burden for Pete to keep, and he decided to move to Chicago with his father. He harbors a crush on Chloe, but hides this due to Chloe's feelings for Clark.
  • Emilia McCarthy as Chloe Sullivan, Clark and Pete's best friend, who is very intelligent and inquisitive, also very skilled with computers and in journalism. Her inquisitive side usually gets the best of her, causing her to cross personal boundaries, such as researching Clark's adoption, which causes fights between the two. She initially has feelings for Clark, but only keeps them a secret, because of his feelings for Lana, even though everyone is already aware of her feelings, but she eventually grows out of her crush as their friendship grows, due to her discovery of Clark's secret in which she'll do anything she can to protect, and helps him on missions by doing research or hacking into top secret files. She was the editor of the school's newspaper, the Torch, and after graduating joined the Daily Planet, where she started dating a photographer named Jimmy Olsen, and worked with her cousin Lois Lane, until quitting in order to keep Clark's secret after Lex bought the Daily Planet.
  • Kira Kosarin as Lois Lane, Chloe's cousin and the daughter of a U.S. Army general, Sam Lane. In season 4, she first arrived in Smallville to investigate Chloe's presumed death, but along the way found a naked and amnesiac Clark in a corn field. After recieving his memory back, Clark worked with Lois to find Chloe. Lois decided to stay in Smallville for Senior year with her cousin, and she and Clark initially bickered in their friendship, but remained very close, having moments every once and a while. She also took an interest in Superboy. After High School, she worked at the Inquisitor news tabloid, before transfering to the Daily Planet Newspaper, becoming known for her articles on Superboy, and was paired up with Clark when he first started at the Daily Planet, allowing them to grow closer, until they finally began a relationship, but Lois was conflicted between her feelings for Superboy and for Clark, but ultimately chose Clark in the end, and later gave Superboy the title of "Superman: Man of Steel."
  • Uriah Shelton as Trevor Jenkins "T.J." White, Clark's college roommate and classmate, at Smallville University, first appearing in season 4, as well as the son of ace reporter, and later editor-in-cheif, Perry White, who Clark met earlier in the series in Season 3. Inherited from his father, T.J. also has an interest in journalism and hopes to make it in the world as a photographer, joining the Daily Planet Newspaper, and has a rivalry with his co-worker Jimmy Olsen for both a spot as head photographer at the Daily Planet and for Chloe's heart. In the season 7 finale, T.J. proposed to Chloe and she accepted, but at their wedding in season 8, T.J. was severly injured and Chloe was kidnapped by Doomsday. In the season 8 finale, T.J. was reunited with Chloe was stabbed by Doomsday's human half, Davis Bloome, but right before Davis killed Chloe, T.J. ran him through with a support beam and then died in Chloe's arms.
  • Peyton Meyer as Jimmy Olsen, a photographer at the Daily Planet and Chloe's first real love interest in the series, as well as a good friend of Lois' and Clark's best friend. He often works alongside Clark and Lois on assignments and is best known for his pictures of Superboy. He was first mentioned in Season 3, when Chloe talked about "a guy she hooked up with" during her Daily Planet internship. He first appeared in Season 6, arriving in Metropolis to reconcile his relationship with Chloe, but her constant secrets and lies, and past feelings for Clark caused them to break up, and he breifly dated Clark's cousin Kara, but soon realized he's only in love with Chloe, despite her being with T.J., who he rivaled for top photographer at the Daily Planet and for Chloe's heart, but despite their problems, Jimmy was sad when T.J. was killed. Late in Season 9, he and Chloe reconciled their relationship, and Jimmy formed an allyship with Superboy, and gained a watch that allowed him to signal Superboy whenever he needed him.
  • Scarlette Johanson as Lena Thorul (Born Lutessa Lena Luthor), Lex's protegee and personal assistant. After Lex's disappearance, Lena took control of LexCorp. Like Lex, she became obsessed with discovering the truth about Clark Kent and Superboy and had her own meta-human agenda and an unusual approach to saving the world, but she eventually discovered Clark's secret and joined the team, attempting to redeem herself. Lena learned that she is a Luthor, given away by Lionel.

Recurring Cast 

  • Lucas Grabeel as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, the billionaire CEO of Queen Industries, who uses a high tech bow n' arrow and an array of arrows to fight crime, after returning from five years of being stranded on an island. Originally acting as a modern day Robin Hood, Oliver stole from Martha and Clark tracked him down, discovering him to be Oliver Queen. Though they often argue about the right way to stop evil, they are great allies and friends.
  • Jonny Gray as Bartholomew "Bart" Allen/Impulse/The Flash, a young college student in Season 4, working to be a succesful scientist. While in his lab, a strike of lightning combined with chemicals gave him super speed, much faster than Clark, running or flying. He arrived in Smallville to investigate the paranormal phenomena of the meteor freaks, but was kidnapped by Lex and was saved by Clark. He returned in Season 6 as a forensic scientist, as well as part of Oliver's team to stop Lex's experiments, under the alias "Impulse." Again returning in Season 9, he took the name Barry, with a new suit and a new alias, "The Flash."
  • Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, a former star quarterback, who was the only member of his family to survive a car crash, in which he was severely injured. Taken by LexCorp scientist, Victor's missing limbs were replaced with mechanical limbs, giving him enhanced strength and turning him into a human-cyborg. After an upgrade by Queen Industries, Victor became able to shoot waves of energy from his hands and is able to connect and hack any computer.
  • Ross Lynch as Arthur Curry "A.C."/Orin/Aquaboy, the son of human Tom Curry and Atlantian queen, Atlanna, Arthur Curry grew with powers, unaware of his Atlantian heritage. He decided to use his powers to protect the sea, under the name "Aquaboy" Superboy met him when he A.C. was attacking a LexCorp marine facility and then again when Arthur was recruited by Oliver to join his team. Sometime after that he met Mera, who revealed to him that he is Orin of Atlantis and helped him embrace his "destiny as the King of the Seven Seas, as "Aquaman".
  • 'Erica Shay-Gaire 'as Kara Kent/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Clark's kryptonian cousin, who, at a young age was sent to Earth, upon the destruction of Krypton, to watch over her baby cousin, Kal-El. She crash landed near Smallville, in the Reeves Dam Reservoir, where she remained in suspended animation, until Superboy's battle with Bizarro broke her free. Waking up to an adolescent Kal-El, now Clark Kent, Kara started a life on Earth, as Supergirl.
  • Peyton List as Dinah Lance/Black Canary, another superhero, who trained her whole life in Ted Grant's "Wildcat" Gym, Dinah became a successful vigilante, using her skills and "Canary Cry", an ultrasonic scream. Her suit is composed of a black leather bodice, a leather jacket, fishnet stockings, leather boots, and a black mask, outlined in yellow. To extend her disguise, other than her mask, she wears a brown wig as Diana to cover her blonde hair as the Black Canary.
  • Phil Morris as J'onn J'onzz/John Jones/Martian Manhunter, a super powered martian and the sole survivor of planet Mars. Formerly an intergalactic bounty hunter, J'onn met Jor-El and helped him capture and imprison criminals. After learning of Krypton's near destruction, Jor-El told J'onn of his plan to send his son to Earth and asked J'onn to watch over Clark, and he did, watching from a distance since he was found by Jonathan and Martha.
  • Bianca Brockl as Diana Prince/Wonder Girl, the princess of Themyscira, raised by Queen Hyppolyte. As a child, Diana befriended the surviving member of a boat crash, a boy named Steve Trevor. Diana hid Steve on Themyscira and eventually fell in love with him. After five years, Hyppolyte discovered the boy. Though she was not mad at Diana, she took Steve back to his land. After five more years, Hyppolyte has not returned, so Diana leaves to man's land, taking with her Amazonian armor, including a sword, shield, her lasso of truth, her tiara, and her indestructible bracelets.
  • Alessandro Juliani as Dr. Emil Hamilton, a part time doctor at the Metropolis General Hospital, who spends most of his time working with Queen Industries and helping the Justice League.
  • Michael McKean as Perry White, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet. In his first time in Smallville, Perry was a disgraced reporter, until inspiration was given to him by Superboy and turned over a new leaf to get his career back on track. Eventually he became editor of the Planet with an impressive staff and a solid key reporting team in Clark, Lois, and Jimmy.
  • James Marsters as The Brain InterActive Construct "Brainiac", a kryptonian artificial intelligence super computer built by Jor-El and a kryptonian scientist, Dax-Ur, to aid in the war on Krypton, but was corrupted by Zod and was used to assist in the planet's destruction. After arriving on Earth in the second meteor shower, Brainiac, under the human alias, Dr. Milton Fine, numerously harasses Superboy, including unleashing a computer virus infecting all technology on Earth, infecting Lana and Chloe's minds, and releasing Zod into Lex's body.
  • Callum Blue as General Zod, a ruthless and powerful Kryptonian military leader. Power hungry, Zod attempted to overthrow the council, but was defeated by Jor-El and was sent to the Phantom Zone before Krypton's destruction. Brainiac used Lex as a vessel for Zod's Phantom Wraith. He later fused with his younger clone and set out for revenge against Superboy
  • Andrew Garfield as Major Dru-Zod, a young clone of General Zod, created by the then Major Zod, who put his and his army's DNA in a Kryptonian Orb, and was released when Lena accidentally activated the Orb, also unleashing his army. Clark tried to settle them on Earth, but Zod thought himself the better man and attempted to rule Earth, until Clark revealed that to Zod's army that their leader betrayed them, and sent them to another world. On New Krypton, Zod was exiled to the Phantom Zone, where he merged with his original self and set out to kill Superboy.
  • Dale Whibley as Davis Bloome/Doomsday, a Kryptonian creature and the ultimate destroyer, created as a result of a fusion of genetic materials taken from Zod and Faora, and sent to Earth in a human form to one day evolve back into the beast to destroy every last Kryptonian. Davis fell in love with Chloe and used her as an anchor to keep from transforming, but not for long. In Season 8's finale, Chloe uses black kryptonite to seperate Davis from Doomsday. Clark destroy's Doomsday, while Davis and T.J. kill eachother.
  • Dylan Sprayberry as Bizarro, a creature created in a lab on Krypton, and was shunned by kryptonian society as a poor immitation of life and has shown no compassion for life and began to bore a particular hatred towards Kryptonians. Jor-El and J'onn J'onzz sent it to the Phantom Zone, in which it escaped along with Superboy and the other zoners in a wraith form. Though it seemed to be stronger than the others Phantoms, the wraith can only maintain in a human body for 24 hours until needing another host. To maintain a permanent form, the wraith took Clark's DNA, becoming a clone of Clark, with all his thoughts and memories. Though most of his powers are the same as Clark's, Bizarro has arctic vision and heat breath. His strengths and weaknesses are opposite of Clark's. Clark is stronger under the sun, but Bizarro gets weaker and starts to deform, but green kryptonite makes him stronger, blue kryptonite overloads his powers, and red kryptonite gives him good morals.
  • Dylan Sprayberry as Clark Luthor/Ultraboy, an alternate version of Clark from Earth-2, where Clark was found by Lionel Luthor instead of the Kents. He was raised to be cruel and merciless and use his powers for evil, alongside the Red Archer and his team of supervillains. As a child he killed Lex, who scarred Clark's wrist, before Clark killed him. Not wanting anyone else with powers, Clark waited until High School graduation to kill every meteor freak that Clark Kent put in prison on Earth-1. He wears a blue suit, with a red cape, gloves, belt, and boots, and a yellow and red "s" in an upside down shield.
  • Darkseid, a powerful extraterrestrial entity and the ruler of the Planet Apokalips. When Clark opened a portal for the Kandorians to go to a new world, it allowed Darkseid to enter Earth, where he uses his omega symbol to use all the darkness within the souls of others to corrupt them as his loyal servants, and attempted to destroy Clark, who destined to emerge the world out of darkness, and does so when he pushes Apokalips out of Earth's orbit with his bare hands, and destroys Darkseid.
  • Chris Gauthier as Winslow Schott/Toyman, the former owner of a toy company, who after being shut down and fired, after putting explosives in his toys. Afterwards, he became a toy terrorist, making dangerous weapons and bombs out of toys.
  • Brian Austin Green as John Corben/Metallo, a former LuthorCorp engineer, who after being nearly killed in an explosion, was the test subject of one of Lex's experiments, replacing many of his limbs with robotic parts and powering his heart with Kryptonite, giving him super strength and near invulnrability.

Supporting Characters

  • Keri Lynn Pratt as Cat Grant, a Daily Planet Reporter against vigilantes.
  • Sheriff Nancy Adams, a hard lined sheriff, who didn't appreciate Superboy's tendency to get involved in police business.
  • Robert Wisden as Gabe Sullivan, Chloe's father.
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond as Nell Potter, Lana's aunt.
  • Hiro Kanagawa as James Kwan, Smallville High Principle.
  • Evan Schulte as Jeff Hage, a Daily Planet Intern

Episodes

Season 1

"My name is Clark Kent, and I'm not human. When I was a child I crashed on Earth in a spaceship and was raised on a farm. I was once afraid of the truth and the amazing abilities I gained under Earth's yellow Sun, but now I must embrace my destiny. To the outside world, I'm just a mild-mannered student hiding behind a pair of glasses, but secretly I use my powers to fight crime and stop meta-humans infected by the meteors that followed me to Earth, and someday I will find out who I truly am and where I came from. I am Superboy"

Title Description
Pilot During a meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas, Jonathan and Martha Kent find a boy in a spaceship and raise him as their own son, Clark. Twelve years later, 14 year old Clark continues to develop superpowers, while hiding them from his friends, Pete and Chloe, and crush, Lana. After saving him in a car crash, Clark also befriends billionaire Lex Luthor, but when he learns that the meteors that followed his spaceship are giving people powers, he dawns a blue suit with a red cape to battle them, starting with the electric controlling meteor freak, Jeremy Ceek.
Metamorphisis After being bitten by dozens of meteor infected bugs, Greg Arkin begins to gain the abilities of multiple insects. Meanwhile Clark looks forward to Smallville's annual Fall Festival, but must deal with Greg, who plans to use his powers to take Lana as his own.
Hothead A meteor infected sauna endows Coach Arnold of the Football team with the ability to control fire, and when Chloe reports on the Torch that some of the players cheated on a major test, Coach is risked being exposed and will do anything to win his 200th game, and Clark must stop him.

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