Welcome to the Red Cape Gallery!
fanart site is dedicated to envisioning what Tom Welling would look like
as a fully mature Superman, costume and all! Although opinions
vary widely about whether or not Tom Welling is a viable choice to play
a memorable Man of Steel, a sizeable number of fans believe itís at
least plausible if not downright favorable. I am one such fan.
Smallville viewers, Tom Wellingís Clark Kent becomes more and more
like a true Superman with each passing season. In fact, for some,
he simply *is* Superman, by character if not yet by wardrobe.
Personally, I canít think
of any reason why Tom Welling couldnít play a great Superman (besides
his own apparent reluctance to don the famous suit)! He has the
looks, the ability, and a lot of experience with the character behind
the costume. Heís given us such a deep, well-executed, and epic
look at Supermanís roots over the past few years that it almost doesnít
make sense for him not to show us his interpretation of the full-grown
Man of Steel!
Whether or not we ever see
Tom Welling soar across the skies of Metropolis with that familiar red
cape flapping gracefully in the air, we can always dream. Thatís
what this site is for. Itís meant to serve as fodder for such
dreams as well as an outlet for those fans that often catch themselves
imagining Tom Welling as a full-fledged Superman and using whatever
artistic abilities they may have to envision just that.
TOM WELLING AS SUPERMAN
A Brief Analysis
I, for one,
believe that Tom Welling would make an excellent Superman
and that the qualms others may have about him assuming the
role can be resolved simply by making a few minor
Smallville, make-up is presumably used to make him look
younger, since heís about 10 years older than Clark is
supposed to be. In order for him to play a mature Superman,
make-up should instead be applied only to accent his
features or, at most, to make him look only slightly older.
After all, Tom Welling is actually a few years older than
Christopher Reeve was when he took on the role.
Smallvilleís Clark Kent usually wears his hair in a
casual mop-top style. Although this look could
work well for his civilian identity even in his adult career
(Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter), Superman does not have
bangs. His hair needs to be brushed back, with a distinct
curl in the front that barely tickles his forehead. The
style worn by Christopher Reeve in the movies directed by
Richard Donner is a good example.
3) As an
actor, Tom must adapt his demeanor so that his presence his
more commanding and he appears more confident and resolved.
The out-from-under-the-eyebrows look of determination we
sometimes see on Smallville should be one of his
primary facial expressions. Folding his arms across his
chest more often would also be advisable. At any rate, his
performance on Smallville leaves little room to doubt
that he is perfectly capable of conveying such a commanding
and determined presence onscreen.
4) He must
be given a well-designed costume that is unique and yet true
to the classic Superman look.
would not be making Tom Welling look and act convincingly
like Superman. The challenge would probably be convincing
him to take on the role in the first place, since highly
substantiated rumors seem to suggest that he objects to the
idea of wearing a Superman costume.