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The People vs Chloe Sullivan Tags: Smallville finale Chloe Sullivan Allison Mack

We're at the end of an era with the Smallville series finale airing one month from today, and the news that Allison Mack will reprise her role of Chloe Sullivan, sidekick extraordinaire, makes me very happy because A) I think she's a great character and B) Allison Mack is a great actress and a real class act.  Something that I need help understanding is the pretty strong division of Smallville fans into two camps:  pro-Chloe and anti-Chloe.  While it is true that Chloe Sullivan is a character who never existed in the comics, I don't get why comic book fans have traditionally bashed her existence as Clark's confidante on the show.

When the producers have hinted near the end of previous seasons that a major character was going to get killed off, the first person on the death-wish list has been Chloe because apparently it's sooooooooo offensive to comic fans that she ever existed in the first place.  She's not part of the original mythology.  Clark's best friend and confidante was always Pete Ross.  Why did they make up a new character?  I say, "Why NOT?"  It's fiction, folks.  It's a television show telling a different version of Clark Kent's youth.  Why is it such a stretch to believe that Clark could have had other friends, besides Pete and Lana?  If every incarnation of Clark Kent/Superman was written the same way, with the same cast of characters, with the same background story, we'd all be pretty bored with it by now, right?  To most Smallville fans, Lionel Luthor is the best thing since sliced bread...and he was created for the show, just like Chloe was.  It's a bit hypocritical to praise one character and bash the other.

I think it's pretty funny, too, that some of the major components of the Superman mythology that are generally accepted as 'original' were not first introduced in the comics.  Perry White?  Created for the radio show.  Jimmy Olsen?  Created for the radio show.  KRYPTONITE???  Yup, radio show original.  Ursa?  Created for Superman: The Movie and didn't make her comic debut until 2007. The power of flight?  Created for use in the Fleischer Brothers animated films.  So many Superman characters and concepts that we take for granted as having been a part of his story since the early days of comics weren't part of the comics until introduced as a result of their creation for other media ventures.  I wonder if comic fans back in the good ol' days were as opinionated about new additions and alterations as Smallville detractors have been towards Chloe's role on the show.  And now that Chloe has been officially inducted into the world of comics, will she eventually, given enough time and exposure, become an accepted part of Superman's world?  Where do you all stand on the issue?


 

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