FIRST LOOK: "Smallville" Season 10

In three weeks, the beginning of the end hits for The CW's long-running superhero drama "Smallville." After ten seasons on the air, the story of an increasingly not-so-young Superman will wrap, with its final run of episodes promising more of the carefully crafted comic book guest stars and in references the series has become known for in recent years.

And to help get the ball rolling, the network has released still images from September 24's 8:00 PM premier episode "Lazarus." Promising the return of Clark Kent's dead father Jonathan Kent (and former series regular John Schneider) to the series, the episode comes on the heels of Season 9's climactic final battle with General Zod. "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," Schneider told fans at this year's Comic-Con International. "I wasn't prepared to feel as emotional, to feel as welcome, to feel as at home as I did the moment I set foot on the Kent farm."

The season will also promise guest stars such as former "Smallville" cast member Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan and the appearance of the superhero Blue Beetle as written by DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns.

Check out the full set of season premier images below before "Smallvile" Season 10 debuts on the CW on September 24.

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