One of the most enjoyable constructs in story telling – at least since H.G. Wells first conceptualized it in The Time Machine – is time travel. You can take just about any concept, say superheroes for example, and jump them in and out of different periods in history, something that DC explores in their laws of physics-bending show Legends of Tomorrow. Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his cohorts have bounced back and forth throughout time, ending up in the distant future, Star City in the not-too-distant future, and various locations in the 20th century.
But there’s one place the team hasn’t yet ventured: the Old West. And yet, it wasn’t hard to see such a trip in the Waverer coming, though, thanks to an earlier reveal of grizzled outlaw Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech). When the series returns in April, Schaech will finally have his chance to put a spin on DC’s favorite gunslinger.
CBR revealed a synopsis for the upcoming episode, scheduled to air on April 14, titled ‘The Magnificent Eight.’ The rundown divulges several things of interest, including the fact that Hex is familiar with time travel and that he’s an “old friend” of Rip Hunter – similar to his often time-shifting character the DC comic universe. Take a look at the official summary:
“When the team needs a place to hide out, Rip (Arthur Darvill) sets a course for the Old West. Upon arrival, they start a fight with a gang of outlaws, putting the small town in jeopardy. Luckily, an old friend of Rip’s, Jonah Hex (guest star Johnathon Schaech), steps in to save them. Thor Freudenthal directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim (#111)”
It’s unclear why the Legends crew needs a place to hide out – undoubtedly something to do with ne’er-do-well Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). But it will be great to see Jonah Hex get a chance to put things right after his disappointing outing in the 2010 film adaption. Hex has had a dodgy track record in film thus far. Even his comic book series has been on-again, off-again, with over five years elapsing between Joe R. Lansdale’s Vertigo-based horror-western story arc and his rebirth in Justin Gray/Jimmy Palmiotti’s 2005 version.
Fans of the scarred and grizzled gunfighter probably feared the worst after the 2010 film Jonah Hex (starring Josh Brolin) seemed to put the final nail in Hex’s mainstream coffin. Fortunately, his reappearance in DC’s New 52 universe kept the Western warrior alive. His appearance on Legends of Tomorrow also sets him up as part of the DCTV multiverse, which means he may hop onboard the Waverider at some point and wind up as a recurring character in the DCTV realm. There’s even an outside chance, depending upon his reception in Legends (and even how well similar DC/Vertigo shows like Preacher perform), that Hex could wind up with his own series.
Beyond its entertainment value, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow may serve as a useful tool for introducing different characters from different eras. The show could, conceptually, be used to align a variety of notables and teams from the DC superhero stable into one timeline. And since Jonah Hex is far from the only superhero teased as joining the show, it wouldn’t be surprising if Legends becomes a launch pad for new shows and old favorite characters into the DCTV universe.
Legends of Tomorrow will return with ‘Left Behind’ on March 31, 2016 at 8pm on The CW.
Source: DC, CBR