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January 30, 2002

Smallville - Shimmers


That is the only way I can describe Michael Rosebaum's portrayal of Lex Luthor on Smallville.

The writing is superb. They have made Lex into a character you want to watch, to see how he slowly slides into the "evil" character from the Superman mythos. Every word he says you can tell is carefully measured for the best impact at that specific moment. He is rarely ever caught off-guard, rarely ever one to second-guess what he has done.

And all the while, he's trying to not be his father, not realizing that he will end up surpassing the man in his depravity.

Michael Rosenbaum's subtle portrayal of the written Lex makes me want to watch each and every move he makes on the screen. Each look he gives, every expression his face makes. Every word that is said. Knowing how this young Lex will turn out in the end just brings me that much more enjoyment of his turn of phrase, each dropped comment, every glance.

The rest of the cast is wonderful, too. But it's Lex, his relationship with Clark, his subtle (and not so subtle) maneuvering of Lana Lang to start thinking of Clark as more than the friend he is, the interactions with Ma and Pa Kent ... that's what keeps me tuning in.

And Rosenbaum has lent his voice talents in other areas. He does the voice of Wally West as the Flash on the new Justice League cartoon. He also did the voice fo Agent West in The Zeta Project. And has done a number of other movies and TV/voice appearances.

Watch this guy. You'll be as amazed as I am, and want to keep watching.

Posted by Julia at January 30, 2002 4:20 PM