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Brian Austin Green's Metallo, the villain with the heart of Kryptonite, is returning to Smallville, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Green first appeared in the Season 9 premiere as Metallo's alter ego, journalist John Corbin. He was killed off the following week after accidentally ripping out his Kryptonite-infused heart while trying to kill Clark Kent (Tom Welling).

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At the time, Dr. Emil (Alessandro Juliani) noted that Corbin had become more machine than man, so the possibility of his survival — and Green's return — seemed possible, if not inevitable.  

Green will appear in Episode 18, which is scheduled to air in the spring.

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