[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Legends of Tomorrow ahead.]
For fans of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and everything DC Comics-related in general, the appearance and introduction of the character Jonah Hex was a major highlight of the show’s first season. Created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga in 1972, Hex is a western antihero who tackles bounty hunter missions and bears a very visible scar on the right side of his face. However, the character isn’t an out-and-out evil person, bound by his own personal morals and code of honor - which sees him protect and take revenge on behalf of innocents.
It was previously confirmed that Hex would be coming back on the Legends of Tomorrow TV series, specifically during the second season’s upcoming sixth episode, ‘Outlaw Country’. Despite his tolerance of the Legends team back in season 1, we could see a harsher side to the Jonah Hex character, now that the gang are without their former leader: the time-traveling Rip Hunter.
The synopsis for 'Outlaw Country' (featuring Hex) follows the airing of the Legends of Tomorrow season 2 episode 'Shogun' and reads as follows:
STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS — The Legends are still reeling from the news that their time travel-nemesis is a speedster when they are alerted to an Aberration in the Old West. When the Legends arrive they find their old friend Jonah Hex (guest star Jonathan Schaech) in trouble with his arch-nemesis, Quentin Turnbull (guest star Jeff Fahey). The team soon discovers that they need to stop Turnbull and his gang from conquering the West and branding it his own lawless territory. To Hex’s surprise, Sara (Caity Lotz) is in charge and dispatches the team. Rory (Dominic Purcell) is ecstatic to be in the Wild West, but Sara makes Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) work with him to keep him on task, which is easier said than done. Meanwhile, Nate (Nick Zano), Ray (Brandon Routh) and Jax (Franz Drameh) try to infiltrate Turnball’s gang, but find themselves in a shootout leaving Nate’s confidence shaken. Victor Garber also stars. Cherie Nowlan directed the episode written by Matthew Maala & Chris Fedak.
It’s going to be especially interesting to see how Hex reacts to the group’s new leadership, under the guidance of White Canary, Sara. What super-fans of the comic books and Hex’s story in the past may be most excited to see however, will be Quentin Turnbull. Though the character was mentioned in Legends of Tomorrow season 1, there was never a face put to the villain. Now that an actor is on board to play Turnbull, viewers can rest assured they’ll be seeing some of him this time round.
Bringing Hex back to Legends of Tomorrow is one of the better decisions the creators of the show have made with their second season. Fans may have been worried about the direction in which the series could have taken following the dramatic season 1 finale - but with steady ratings throughout the first two episodes of season 2, it’s clear that viewers are looking to itch their superhero addiction with this show.
That said, bringing back fan-favorite characters so early in season 2 could alternatively signal a lack of direction or inspiration from the Legends of Tomorrow writing team. Hopefully it’s simply a nod to the comic book readers and a well-planned out direction for the show to go in, rather than an unnecessary distraction from the larger plot machinations of season 2.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues next Thursday with ‘Abominations’ at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW