"Smallville" was one of the panels at San Diego Comic Con that came up with numerous hints for the new season. The session was attended by the main cast such as Tom Welling, Justin Hartley, Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Cassidy Freeman; producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson; as well as new addition Callum Blue.
Leading the presentation was a trailer which contains a lot of recap scenes from the previous season and a new footage from the ninth season. One interesting fact shared through the trailer is that Clark will don a new suit which is totally different from the old red and blue. It is pitch black with the silver symbol "S" across the chest, topped with black trench coat. There was also a glimpse of Brian Austin Green as the new villain, Metallo, whose main source of power is kryptonite.
After the screening and a talk about the stars' auditions, the discussion moved to how the characters will relate to each other on the new season. Souders revealed Chloe and Clark will be strained, explaining further "They have a little bit of a rocky start." Mack said their relationship will be "dead in the water" especially with Chloe needing time to recuperate from losing Jimmy.
Chloe and Clark also share very little quality time because he will be busy with other females, one of them being Lois. Speaking of her character's development, Durance spilled "Lois is dealing with being smitten with Superman and still finds Clark irritating."
Hartley shared that there will be a lot more of Green Arrow on season 9, as in the case of Toyman, Roulette and two other new D.C. characters. Particularly for Arrow, the producers are brewing a story of him as a sidekick although Oliver develops a rift with Clark due to their love for the same woman, Lois.
Blue, who is new to the cast to play General Zod, dropped a major hint when he revealed that his Zod comes from way back from "Superman 2". He has yet to acquire his power and has no idea who Clark Kent is. The young Zod brings troops from Krypton's past which he cannot quite control.
Mack will again take a directing role this season, so will Welling who is now a co-executive producer. Sounders added that they are prepared of a series finale should season 10 is not in order.