Clark has a new villainous visitor next season; Charlotte Sullivan signs on to play the familiar DC Comics character.
When it was announced that Lex Luthor (played by Michael Rosenbaum) was leaving Smallville this off-season, producers were left with a big hole to fill with new villains.
Less than two months after Rosenbaum's news, producers announced that Smallville would be adding a pair of bad guys in the form of Doomsday (Sam Witwer) and Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman).
Apparently the hole that Lex left was bigger than they thought. The show will be adding a third nemesis for Clark Kent this season, says TVGuide.com. MVP (the hockey soap, not the gorilla-on-a-baseball-team movie) actress Charlotte Sullivan will play the role of Maxima and debut on Smallville in the upcoming season's fourth episode.
For those not schooled in DC Comic lore, Maxima, like Clark, is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth searching for a mate. Superman fulfills her requirements--she can even bear his child--but the Man of Steel tells her to "talk to the hand," and she becomes outraged. She lists super-strength, flight, and telekinesis among her superpowers.
The eighth--and possibly final--season of Smallville kicks off on The CW on September 18.