Geoff Johns has decided that one superhero team on Smallville just isn't enough, and as such he's bringing the first superhero that young Clark Kent ever met onto the show. Speaking to Comic Book Resources at Comic-Con, Johns revealed that he had scripted an episode where Clark will encounter The Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of superpowered teenagers from the 31st century.
In the comics, Clark Kent met the Legion years before he ever met any members of the Justice League, while he was still known as Superboy. Johns presented the idea to new showrunners and was pleased when it came together. "I have known the Comic Book Resources writers for a while because Jeph Loeb worked on the show and Jeph and I are really tight," explained Johns. "And because I have been friends with them for a while, Todd [Slavkin], Darren [Swimmer], Kelly [Souders], and Brian [Peterson], it just kind of came together."
While Johns wouldn't say which members of the Legion would appear (over the years there have been dozens of heroes in the Legion), he did tease "If you are familiar with the origin story, it's not that hard to figure out." In the comics, Superboy was originally visited by Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy, who inform Clark that Superboy served as the team's inspiration, and that they traveled back in time to recruit him for the Legion.
It certainly seems possible that this could serve as a major turning point in Clark Kent accepting his destiny as a hero.
Smallville airs Thursday nights on the CW. The drama about the early days of Clark Kent stars Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Aaron Ashmore and Justin Hartley.