The news still keeps pouring in despite Smallville approaching its swan song. After all the speculation, the producers have come forward with news that Michael Rosenbaum will make a final return as Lex Luthor for the series finale.

“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back. And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

— Executive producers and showrunners Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders

“I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats (laughs). I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”

— Michael Rosenbaum

It’s incredibly exciting that Rosenbaum is reprising his role as Lex Luthor after a three-year absence. It’s clearly looking like the show will be getting the sendoff it deserves, with both its protagonist and antagonist at odds once again.

The series finale for Smallville is on May 13, 2011 — don’t miss out.