“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will be one of the biggest efforts that the CW and DC Comics have ever ventured on together, because it will take many of the existing characters introduced in their shows “Arrow” and “The Flash,” and allow them to play in an entirely new adapted segment of the DC Comics Universe. While we’re familiar with some of the characters being brought over from the other shows — like Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Black Canary — we now know of another DC Comics hero that will be arriving in the DC TV Universe first through the expansive new series.
During the Warner Bros. TV panel at Comic-Con (via Bleeding Cool), DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns revealed that Hawkman — traditional Justice Society member and mace-wielding bad ass — will be appearing alongside the other heroes in episodes of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” The first half of the upcoming seasons of both “Arrow” and “The Flash” will start to set up the circumstances of the new show, with Johns revealing that Ray Palmer/the Atom survived the events of the “Arrow” season finale, and Sara Lance’s return to life via the Lazarus Pit has changed her in some way, with actress Caity Lotz pointing out that no one who goes into the Lazarus Pit comes out without being changed.
Hawkman is one of DC Comics’ oldest heroes, having first appeared in Flash Comics #1 from 1940. His record in being adapted is almost as complicated as his own history, though, as he’s only been portrayed in live-action three times: first in 1979’s “Legends of the Superheroes” campy TV specials (which featured Adam West and Burt Ward returning as Batman and Robin), next in a spoofy 1997 Baby Ruth TV commercial, and finally (and most effectively) as played by actor Michael Shanks in several episodes of WB/CW’s “Smallville,” as a dormant former member of the Justice Society of America. The panel also revealed that Jay Garrick, the original Flash created in the 40’s, will be appearing on the upcoming season of the CW’s “The Flash.”
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will be premiering on the CW early next year. For more on the show as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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