Teri Hatcher who played Lois Lane on the ABC television series “Lois & Clark” is returning to the world of Superman. Hatcher will play Lois Lane’s mother in a cameo appearance on the hit TV series “Smallville”. The 45 year old “Desperate Housewives” star returns in a series of message left for her daughter before dying of cancer. It has been 13 years since the bombshell actress became a household name while playing the Daily Planet’s ace reporter and love interest of Clark Kent. Hatcher felt that she owed it to the fans of the Superman franchise to be a part of the final season of arguably the most successful Superman TV endeavor.
Hatcher is not the only actress or actor to enter the realm of “Smallville” that had ties to the man of steel in their past. Before his passing, former Superman actor from the movies Christopher Reeve played a quadriplegic Dr. Virgil Swan. Dr. Swan was an ally of Clark Kent and aided him in his quest for information about his Kryptonian heritage. Christopher Reeve’s version of Lois Lane, actress Margot Kidder also made appearances in “Smallville” as Dr. Bridgitte Crosby an associate of Dr. Swan’s. Hatcher’s Superman and former co-star Dean Cain also took off the red cape to play a villain in “Smallville”. Cain’s evil character the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox harvested body parts from meteor infected humans with special abilities. Star of the movie “Supergirl” Helen Slater portrayed Lara-El the mother of Clark Kent. Terrence Stamp played General Zod in “Superman” and “Superman II”. In “Smallville”, Stamp regularly voices the character of Clark’s biological father Jor EL.
The “Smallville” series has also brought in some icons from the 70’s and 80’s. One of the more interesting castings reunited Bo and Luke Duke of fame from the 1970’s TV hit “The Dukes of Hazzard”. John Schneider portrayed Clark Kent’s father Jonathan Kent from 2001 – 2006 and in on episode was reunited with his “Dukes” co-star Tom Wopat who played a Senator Jack Jennings. The series was also successful in bringing in 1970’s icon and “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter to play Moira who was the mother of character Chloe Sullivan. Moira had the ability to control other meteor infected people. Carrie Fisher better known as Princess Leia from the original “Star Wars” trilogy had a guest spot as the editor of the Daily Planet. “Smallville” seems steadfast in ending its impressive 10 year TV run with as much excitement as its first season.