What does one do when they can't play professional football? Become Superman of course! Dean Cain talks all things cape, and more, at Phoenix Comicon 2013. A portion of his panel is transcribed below.
Question: You had the first Clark Kent we could believe Lois would fall in love with.
Dean: Yes, he was a little nerdy. He looks like a complete different person with the glasses on, or the glasses off. We just sort of said, you have to by that or you're not going to by anything else about the show. We sort of just glossed over that, but my Clark Kent character was based much more on the way George Reeves portrayed his charater. I thought that was much more of a regular guy. That was the most fun for me, to play Clark.
Question: Of all the villains on Lois and Clark, which was your favorite to fight and the most weird?
Dean: I would say you have to go with Lex Luthor as the ultimate villain, they were the most evenly paired. The weird ones, man, they were just all weird. We got some pretty whacky ones out there.
Question: What was your feeling when you were approached to get a guest star role on Smallville?
Dean: You know it's funny, we had spoken a number of times about guesting on Smallville, and since they ran for 900 years we had plenty of time.
*audience laughs*Christopher Reeves had gone on and once he did, pretty much anyone that was involved in the Superman mythos, had an obligation. I wanted to be a part of it, it was Christopher Reeves he was my Superman. Once he was on, we were just looking for the right time and the right storyline and finally they gave it to me and we came on and did it. It was a lot of fun. I was happy to be a part of it.
Question: Lois and Clark got a lot of great guest stars, Howie Mandel and Bruce Campbell, who was your favioret to work with?
Dean: I had trouble working with Bruce Campbell because every-time I looked him in the eye, like to be serious, I start laughing. He is the funniest guy.
*audience laughs*I don't even know if he does anything to me, he just has this glint in his eye and I start giggling. He knows that he owns me, so I can't do anything with Bruce. He was a lot of fun. We had great guest stars, it was like Hollywood royalty. Wow.
Question: What was your favorite excuse to leave Lois Lane?
Dean: The great thing about being Superman/Clark Kent was any excuse will do. Literally. You're having a conversation; "Oh look, an elephant" wooosh! We had a lot of fun with making ridiculous excuses, the more ridiculous the better.
Question: Are you planning on doing any directing?
Dean: I love directing it's fun but being the son of a director, it will take a year to get that thing up and running. Then after that it's a year of production then another of post production. About 2 to 3 years every single time on a film. I can make 12 films in that period of time and not have to do any sort of work after it's over. As an actor, it's so much easier to come in and go out.
I'm a single father of a son who's almost 13 years old, so I can lock him in a closet very soon, I've just had to always balance my time between being a present father and going to do a film. Some of these films are 14-16 weeks in Australia and I don't want to uproot my son or be away from him. I just wont do that, it's not happening.
*Audience claps*Thank you. I just couldn't do it. But I would love to direct, it would have to be when he's older and I have more time to direct. I don't want to be an absentee father.
Question: Had you known the show was ending, would you have changed anything?
Dean: Well, if I had known the show was the ending, the first thing I would have done was steal one or two of the costumes. No question.
*Audience laughs*Seriously, I would have done that.
*More laughter*I was hoping, had we done a season five, I would have loved to see Lois and Clark have a child. Then start to see that child go through as a young man that's starting to have those powers.
Question: Who is your favorite superhero?
Dean: My favorite superhero happens to be, Superman. It's true. When I was growing up I used to watch the Justice League on television. First it was Aquaman, cause I thought he was cool, then when I realized he could talk to fish that was kind of it. That Superman guy can do everything else, that was when I switched to Superman.
Question: What was it like playing a real life villain, Scott Peterson?
Dean: When you're playing a real character that's a whole different ball of wax. That we try to be very careful. I use that for my barometer for meeting women by the way. If they go "I saw you in the Laci Peterson story where you played Scott Peterson, that was so great!" I go, oh- I am stepping away from you. But if they say "I hated you in that", then we can actually talk.
When we started shooting that show it was first day of the pretrial hearings, so we were really trying to make sure we didn't convict him before he convicted himself. So we were very, very careful with that and wanted to be careful. When you have someones real story there's more weight to it, it's somebody's real life and you don't want to mess that up.
Dean also took a moment to make these gals very happy with a picture. A true gentleman all around and we look forward to watching him in upcoming television and films!