Six years after Smallville ended, Clark Kent himself, Tom Welling will finally make his return to primetime as part of the cast of Lucifer season 3. And yesterday, EW released some first-look images of Welling in his role as Marcus Pierce.

Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant who will strike up a potential romance with Decker (Lauren German) – much to Lucifer’s (Tom Ellis) disappointment. However, the charismatic cop starts off as something of an annoyance for them both.

Co-showrunner Joe Henderson said: “When Decker first meets Marcus Pierce, he is very much someone that rubs her the wrong way, because he’s very much a no-nonsense, calling-it-like-it-is guy, and he’s not much for social mores, if you will. But what’s interesting is he also represents a lot of truth and justice and very much a lot of the things that draw Chloe to the side of law. So Pierce is very much the exact opposite of Lucifer, but also very similar, and so that duality is a big reason for them to start coming together.”

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This new role marks the newest comicbook role for Welling after having played the Man of Steel for 10 seasons of Smallville – and he definitely doesn’t miss the role:

“I definitely didn’t want to play Clark Kent again. The great thing about Clark is he didn’t know who he was and he didn’t know what he was supposed to do with what he had and his abilities. This character very much knows what he’s capable of and knows what he wants to do and knows how to do it, so as much fun as that is to play, it wasn’t necessarily because of Clark that I chose this character. It was so many more factors than just, ‘I don’t want play Clark again,’ but I’d be lying if I was saying that I do not enjoy playing something very different for sure.”

Lucifer will return for its third season on October 2nd.

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