Whereas many grew up listening to Michael Rosenbaum because the voice of The Flash on Justice League and Justice League Limitless, the actor is arguably extra well-known on the DC block for his run as Lex Luthor on Smallville. Amongst his costars on the WB-turned-CW sequence was John Glover, who performed Lex’s father, Lionel Luthor, whose parenting abilities left a lot to be desired. In actual life although, Rosenbaum and Glover are on nice phrases with each other, as evidenced by the previous leaving the latter a candy birthday message, which in flip prompted Glover to share the birthday love with a fellow DC legend.
Let’s begin off with the primary message, with Rosenbaum taking to Twitter to want Glover a contented 79th birthday through the use of a nonetheless of their two Smallville characters collectively. Have a look!
Paradoxically, Lex and Lionel Luthor’s respective narrative arcs unfolded oppositely of each other, with Lex beginning out as Clark’s greatest good friend and Lionel initially serving because the present’s foremost antagonist by making an attempt to uncover Clark’s secrets and techniques. As Smallville obtained deeper into its run, these positions modified, with Lex embracing his future of turning into Clark’s arch-nemesis and Lionel turning into one in all Clark’s allies. Whereas Lionel was killed off on the finish of Season 7 and Lex seemingly met the identical destiny that season too, each Rosenbaum and Glover returned for Smallville’s tenth and last season, with Lex being revealed to nonetheless being barely alive, and Glover as an alternative enjoying a Lionel from one other universe. A minimum of we are able to take consolation figuring out Rosenbaum and Glover’s relationship is loads simpler in comparison with this father/son duo.
In fact, anybody accustomed to John Glover’s physique of labor is aware of that Smallville is way from his solely DC Comics media-related credit score, and I’m not simply speaking about his look in Shazam! just a few years again. Previous to Smallville’s airing, together with being seen as Dr. Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin, he additionally voiced Edward Nygma, a.okay.a. The Riddler, in three episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, adopted by an episode every of Superman: The Animated Collection and The New Batman Adventures. Because it seems, Paul Dini, one in all Batman: The Animated Serie’ co-creators, shares the identical birthday as Glover, so the actor shared his personal social media most to commemorate the author turning 66.
We share a birthday and @Paul_Dini wrote a number of of my riddler episodes. 🎂🎂🎂 https://t.co/KrkILQfaKUAugust 7, 2023
That’s a variety of DC like to throw round, although I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that each one three of those males even have numerous Marvel credit on their resume. Dini labored on animated reveals like Final Spider-Man and Hulk and the Brokers of S.M.A.S.H., Glover guest-starred in an episode of Agent Carter, and Rosenbaum performed Martinex within the latter two Guardians of the Galaxy films. Nonetheless, so far as Glover and Rosenbaum are involved, Smallville stays one in all their hottest tasks greater than 20 years later, and if you happen to’d prefer to revisit their variations of Lex and Lionel Luthor, the present will be streamed with a Hulu subscription.
For these of you together with your eyes to the long run, you look by our guides of upcoming DC films and upcoming DC TV reveals, and we’ll let you realize if both Michael Rosenbaum or John Glover find yourself being recruited for any of those tasks. For a wider have a look at the small display screen facet of issues this yr, our 2023 TV schedule is out there for perusal.