The upcoming two part episode of “Smallville” featuring the Justice Society is already highly anticipated among fans thanks to the involvement of comic scribe Geoff Johns and the introductions of Hawkman, Stargirl and Doctor Fate. However, Michael Shanks—Dr. Daniel Jackson on “Stargate SG-1” and the newly cast Hawkman—is hinting that the JSA could appear in more than just the two episodes.
“The way it's set up there is a strong possibility that there could be more,” Shanks explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I don't know where they're going with their season arc, but they certainly set the table. They've left that possibility wide open.”
Shanks also confirmed that the reports that he will be portraying the Carter Hall incarnation of Hawkman. Additionally, Shanks revealed that he has already been fitted for his “wings” five times.
“This is what I've been doing the most of, is going for fittings and you know, talking to the producers about the character and discussing the elements of the voices. But mostly it's been focused on the costume and the logistics of the costume,” Shanks related. “Again, it's a necessary thing. I really appreciate the reverence that these guys have.”
“When you're a guest character, you're used to being one of those things that are being ignored,” Shanks continued. “But they've really given a lot of thought and reverence to my input, both artistically, talking to (producer) James Marshall about the character and where he wants to see this develop… They've given a lot of prep time to work out the bugs, because I believe for ‘Smallville’ and for myself as well, and a little bit for television, kind of breaking new ground with this character and with the logistics of it.”
Shanks also elaborated on how Hawkman will affect Clark Kent's continuing evolution as a hero.
“Hawkman being the alpha in the Justice Society, being someone who...has made some missteps along the way, can or could represent a type of mentor character to Clark in his leadership abilities with his burgeoning team members of the Justice League,” Shanks said. “He represents a character that has a lot of wisdom to pass down to this next generation, so there is a strong possibility that once the initial phase wears off that there will be a coming together of those two to paint a larger portrait of the future, of what Clark has available to him and what his options are.”
Are you excited to see Shanks take on the mantle of Hawkman? What other DC heroes would you like to see on “Smallville” this season? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!