I remembered Witwer from Smallville where I loved his interpretation of Davis Bloom's torment (until they ruined his character...bygones).
I'm still a tad bitter about what the writers did to Davis. But it wasn't a total surprise. In all their years on the air, Smallville
had rarely (if ever) not
screwed up a character or storyline.
With Davis, they were doing so well. But, the week leading up to the season finale, I remember thinking, "Come on, show. You've managed to pull off this great character arc for an entire season. Just one more episode to go. Just one more." And things were going fine for Davis in the finale...until the last 5 minutes. Because if any show could completely ruin a character or storyline in just 5 minutes, it was Smallville
. They spent a whole season building Davis up as this complex, conflicted character. And they threw it away for a quick, 30-second shock that required Davis to suddenly become a shallow, two-dimensional psycho.
There was a rumor that SW was asked to return to Smallville
as Davis's father (Zod), but he turned them down because of what happened with Davis. I don't know whether that was ever confirmed. (Although Zod, played by a different actor, was
a major player in the next season.) But I remember thinking that, if it was true, that meant we'd missed out on the chance to have more of SW on our screens, which was a shame. Then BHUS came along.
As a fan of the original BH, I had serious reservations about the remake. I'm sure I would've given it a chance anyway, and judged it on its own merits. But, I admit, learning SW had been cast as the vampire made me open up to the idea of the remake a bit faster, and had me anticipating it a lot more.