The highly-anticipated Geoff Johns episode of Smallville will soon be upon us. Fortunately, fans of the series won’t have to wait a month to see what Booster Gold and Blue Beetle will look like in the April 22 episode, because the first image of these two DC Legends has just been released.

Donning a wonderfully created interpretation of DC’s iconic outfits that many fans will remember from the comics (see below), Jaren Brandt Bartlett and Eric Martsolf have been beautifully transformed into Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, respectively. (Perhaps NBC should have taken some notes before creating the Wonder Woman costume.)

If a photo alone is not enough to get you excited about the upcoming Smallville episode, entitled “Booster,” Geoff Johns and Mr. Booster Gold himself, Eric Martsolf, sat down with TV Guide and revealed some information about the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold storyline.

After Booster Gold saves Jamie Reyes from impending doom, the famed scarab will fall upon the teenage rescuee and transform him into the iconic Blue Beetle. While Geoff Johns is looking to keep with the familiar Blue Beetle and Booster Gold friendship storyline, we’re going to see that it doesn’t initially start out that way.

You can see what Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will look like below:

You may have noticed that Blue Beetle’s costume is quite large in comparison to his comic version. Fear not, as Geoff Johns has an explanation for that:

“This is the first time the scarab comes on to Jaime, so it creates a bulkier, more dangerous armor. Ultimately he’ll gain more control over the scarab and it will become more friendly looking.”

As for Booster Gold, Martsolf assures us that he’ll be the same superhero showboat that you know and love:

“The episode takes place in Booster’s very early stages where he’s at his conceited best, where he believes he can do whatever he wants. He’s gonna stay for the photo op and bask in the glory of his heroic efforts.”

Geoff Johns promises that Booster Gold will be “laugh out loud… Sometimes you laugh with Booster, sometimes you laugh at him.”

After this episode, there will be only two-episodes left before the Smallville series finale, so not everything is going to be played-up for comedic value – it has purpose. While Booster Gold will certainly be an entertaining figure, his purpose in the episode is to help Clark begin his final transformation into Superman.

With Clark attempting to transform his civilian alter-ego into the mild-mannered reporter that fans know and love, Booster Gold will make Clark realize that Superman is not just a person, but that he also has the ability to be something more.

Martsolf reveals:

“[This episode is] rich in comic book history, but it’s also a vehicle for Clark to start to embrace the marketability of Superman and what he could potentially be.”

“He wants to stand in the back and not be a glory hound. They are completely opposites of one another.”

Geoff John adds:

“The one thing Booster does prove to Clark is that people want to look up to this guy. They want to be inspired, and no one’s doing it for them.”

That being said, Booster Gold isn’t going to be the poster boy for superhero integrity. With a slew of heroic rescues in Metropolis, something just isn’t right with how Booster Gold is always able to save the day. As John teases, “This guy always shows up at the last second to make a dramatic rescue, which is really suspect.”

With John’s previous episode of Smallville proving to be a wonderful introduction the classic characters of Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the Star-Spangled Girl, one can only assume that this episode, directed by Tom Welling, will be just as great.

Smallville returns April 15 @8pm, on The CW

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Source: TV Guide