"It's a compliment," Welling told Buzzfeed, when asked about the current wave of superhero TV shows, "I’m very proud of shows like 'Arrow' [and] 'The Flash.' They’re able to ground these characters so that the viewer can relate on a human level to people who used to be only in two dimensions."
Welling also reflected on the grueling schedule of "Smallville," saying, "I spent 10 years where my life was 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on set...From an emotional standpoint, I was basically cut off from everyone...I just put my head in a hole and I basically blocked everybody and everything out."
He added, "There was a lot of growing up I needed to do on ["Smallville"]. Fortunately, Clark had no idea what the hell he was doing and I had no idea what the hell I was doing...We kind of grew up together."