It's hard to believe that it's only been six years since Smallville went off the air. So much has changed in that time. Now you can't find a night that doesn't have at least one television show based on a comic book. Tom Welling's time as Clark Kent helped lay that ground work, and now the actor is returning to television as part of the new season of Lucifer. EW.com got the first photos of Welling in his role as Marcus Pierce, the Detective Chloe Decker's (Lauren German) new boss and potential love interest, as well as a rival for Lucifer (Tom Ellis) himself.
Co-showrunner Joe Henderson told the site that things don't immediately click between Marcus and Chloe:
"When Decker first meets Marcus Pierce, he is very much someone that rubs her the wrong way, because he's very much a no-nonsense, calling-it-like-it-is guy, and he's not much for social mores, if you will. But what's interesting is he also represents a lot of truth and justice and very much a lot of the things that draw Chloe to the side of law. So Pierce is very much the exact opposite of Lucifer, but also very similar, and so that duality is a big reason for them to start coming together."
As for what drew Welling to the role:
"I definitely didn't want to play Clark Kent again. The great thing about Clark is he didn't know who he was and he didn't know what he was supposed to do with what he had and his abilities. This character very much knows what he's capable of and knows what he wants to do and knows how to do it, so as much fun as that is to play, it wasn't necessarily because of Clark that I chose this character. It was so many more factors than just, 'I don't want play Clark again,' but I'd be lying if I was saying that I do not enjoy playing something very different for sure."
Lucifer returns October 2nd at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.