Michael Rosenbaum will reprise his role as Lex Luthor in the series finale of "Smallville" on Friday, May 13 (8 p.m. ET, The CW).
"I'm delighted to return for the series finale," says Rosenbaum. "I'm simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made 'Smallville' the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can't wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he's destined to be."
Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders added, "It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn't be more excited about having Michael back. And as far as the way he returns, there'll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent's life. He is the villain of the story."
Rosenbaum exited at the end of season seven after Lex confronted Clark (Tom Welling) in the Fortress of Solitude. Years of secrets came to a head as Clark's former friend finally discovered the truth about Clark's alien heritage. The rivalry between the two culminated into a final showdown and crumbled, literally, under an icy avalanche as the fortress fell.
Lex's body was never found. Now, Lex has risen from the ashes to fulfill his place in destiny as Clark Kent's greatest nemesis.