Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a brand new Jor-El, appearing in the new season of Smallville and messing up continuity and what the show's about more than ever before. Spoilers!
According to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, Julian Sands has signed on to appear in the CW series as a time-tossed version of Kal-El's father appearing in modern day Smallville alongside new villain Zod. Apparently, the November (ie, sweeps) episode "Kandor" - named for the city from Krypton that was stolen by Brainiac in the comics, and the possibly-still-existant city that Kara left Earth to find in Smallville, for those looking for clues - will reveal that Jor-El was one of the Kryptonians brought to Earth with Zod at the end of last season, potentially confusing the timeline leading to Kal's birth and launching the series into a new Back To The Future direction, at least for one episode. Here's hoping we get to see Tom Welling pull off a great Michael J. Fox impression in the process.
'Smallville' exclusive: Julian Sands is (Young) Jor-El [Entertainment Weekly]