When DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs its series premiere on The CW Thursday, January 19, fans will be introduced to plenty of familiar faces from Arrow and The Flash, along with a slew of new characters from the DC Comics. We already got our first look at some of these fresh faces like Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), Jax Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) in the Arrow & Flash crossover from last month, but fans will also be introduced to another iconic comic book figure later this season: Jonah Hex. Here's what executive producer Marc Guggenheim had to say about bringing on Jonah Hex, in a statement to Variety.
"Ever since we decided that Legends would involve time travel, we were eager to do a story set in the Old West. But if you're going to do a story set in the DC Universe version of the Old West, you simply MUST include Jonah Hex in it. We're thrilled about bringing another well known, beloved DC character to television."
Jonah Hex was created by writer John Albano and artist Tony Dezuniga, who made his DC Comics debut in the 1972 issue All-Star Western #10. The character got his first full comic series in 1977. In the comics, Jonah Hex never had any super-human abilities, but he did have uncanny skills as a marksman, despite being blind in his right eye. During story lines when he was transported to the future, he became an expert at driving a number of different vehicles in the 21st Century.
The network hasn't cast Jonah Hex yet, but the character is said to make his debut in DC's Legends of Tomorrow's 11th episode this season. The report adds there is a possibility of this character recurring, so it's possible we could see him later on in the first season, or even in Season 2, if The CW renews the series. While this will be the first time Jonah Hex will be seen on the small screen, this character has been adapted in other mediums before.
Josh Brolin portrayed the title character in the 2010 adaptation Jonah Hex, which bombed at the box office during its theatrical run. The adaptation took in just $10.9 million worldwide from a $47 million budget. The character was also brought to life in animated form with DC Showcase: Jonah Hex, an animated short film with Thomas Jane providing the title character's voice. What do you think about Jonah Hex coming to DC's Legends of Tomorrow?