No matter which way you look at, DC is having a banner year. Between their television successes, with The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Gotham all performing well, and two major movie releases, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, set for later this year, they’re continually making up for lost time in their battle against comic book rivals Marvel for the live action market. Recently added to the mix is Legends of Tomorrow, the crossover event that expands the DCEU across the realm of time and space.
With just a few episodes under its belt, Legends of Tomorrow has already made waves among fans of The Flash and Arrow with its epic team up that brings heroes and villains from both shows together for a time bending romp against the ultimate evil. Starring Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as Rip Hunter, the series brings together Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as the Atom, Caity Lotz (Mad Men) as White Canary, Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl, and Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) as Captain Cold in a time traveling journey to stop Casper Crump’s (The Legend of Tarzan) Vandal Savage from taking over the earth. Even as jam-packed with heroes as Legends of Tomorrow already is, the series is now gearing up to bring in another well-known DC character.
We’ve known for some time now that the series would have an episode taking place in the old west, rightfully featuring DC anti-hero Jonah Hex in a prominent role. Played by Texas Rising star Johnathon Schaech, the famously scarred bounty hunter is set to appear in an upcoming episode of Legends of Tomorrow’s inaugural season. We've now gotten our first look at Jonah Hex, thanks to Schaech having posted a couple of pictures on Instagram.
The pictures tell us very little, offering us only the slightest of glimpses at Hex’s gun holster and his horse. The images are both heavily filtered, in typical Instagram fashion, but the prospect of finally seeing a worthy live-action take on the character is tantalizingly awesome.
Jonah Hex is complex hero in the DC comic mythos. Sold into slavery by an abusive father, Hex was raised by an Apache tribe, eventually earning their trust to become a full-fledged warrior. He later fought against the Confederacy in the Civil War and became scarred during a battle with the tribe that had previously welcomed him. With the war over and his face horribly scarred, Jonah Hex now wanders as a lone gunslinger, collecting bounties and abiding a code of honor to protect the innocent. What’s more interesting is that, in the comics, Hex is familiar with time travel, making his inclusion in Legends of Tomorrow intriguing with possibility.
Hex was previously brought to life by Josh Brolin (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the much derided cinematic adaptation, Jonah Hex. The 2010 failure of the movie left many fans wondering if the gunslinger would ever find new life, in much the same way that 2003’s Daredevil movie left fans doubting that the man without fear could ever be properly adapted.
Much like that character found a new life with Netflix’s Daredevil, Jonah Hex may soon have found his proper place on television. While there’s no indication that Hex will appear in further episodes of the series, a solid outing on Legends of Tomorrow will, at the very least, go a long way towards erasing bad memories and ill-will from the previous incarnation of the cowboy.
The hero is in good hands with series producer Greg Berlanti, who has had nothing but success bringing DC heroes to the small screen. There’s no reason to doubt that he’ll treat Jonah Hex with anything but the utmost respect. It’s exciting to think what a writer like Berlanti can do with a character as complex as Hex - and the time travel elements of Legends of Tomorrow make future appearances, at the very least, a distinct possibility.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday nights on The CW, following The Flash on Tuesdays and Arrow on Wednesdays.
Source: Johnathon Schaech