The Al Gough Interview
OG: Yeah, People on the forums caught that.
AG: [Laughs.] Exactly. When they're on the windmill, it looks like Metropolis is just over yonder.
OG: What's the relationship with DC Comics like? Do you have a Superman comics canon that you work from? How close will the series follow the comics? Will Pete marry Lana?
AG: Neither Miles nor myself were huge comic book fans. We were fans of the movies. For us, we're sort of not going to follow comics continuity in that way. They look at us as sort of separate from the comics. They look at Smallville as a different line, like they do their comic lines. They've been great. [President and Editor-in-Chief] Jenette Kahn and everyone at DC has been supportive about the show. They're the people who know Superman the best. To get their blessing was great for us. We're glad they've been so enthusiastic.
OG: There was an allusion to Lex being in the White House and some other comic-book touches.
AG: If you notice, we mixed continuity in the White House, and with the glove he wears, because of the radioactive ring and the infected hand. We merged a couple of things. We sometimes borrow from the comics, sometimes we throw lines to the fans. But we're following our own continuity.
OG: I think you made the comic-book fans wet their pants with that.
AG: [Laughs.] Well, we try.
OG: I just read today that you and your partner pitched an idea for the sequel to the upcoming Spider-Man movie. Are you and Miles Millar becoming experts on superhero adaptations?
AG: Yes. We're very excited. Columbia asked us to come in and talk about it. We think we're on the same page creatively and [psychologically] with Sam [Raimi, director of Spider-Man]. The first movie is fantastic. It's an honor for us. We were both big Spider-Man fans when we were kids. We loved the theme song.
OG: He was more celebrated in song than Superman.