DC Comics fans finally get to know who is bringing anti-hero Jonah Hex to life in the new “team-up series” on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow producers have cast actor Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex in the series, which premieres Thursday January 21. Fans of the CW superhero series, Arrow and The Flash, are looking forward to the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. Fans of other DC properties excitedly await the potential crossovers with other franchises, but fans of the wild west anti-hero and gunslinger Jonah Hex, from DC, are excited to learn that according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cowboy will definitely appear in the upcoming epic CW miniseries.
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The Jonah Hex actor won’t join the cast in the first episode; Hex fans will have to wait for Episode 11 of Legends of Tomorrow. That episode is set in the Old West, the perfect place for Hex’s “morally ambiguous gunslinger” character to appear in the series. Legends of Tomorrow features time travel, giving Jonah Hex a chance to be part of the cast in a believable way. Fans may not want to wait that long to see the misshapen desperado. Too bad there aren’t some time-travelling devices for Legends of Tomorrow followers!
JONAH HEX IS GONNA BE ON LEGENDS OF TOMORROW I’M SO EXCITED
— Nate Plant (@MetalGearRaisin) January 17, 2016
The character is described in a familiar way to fans: a dangerous, wild cowboy who lives on the knife-edge of life in the seedy underbelly of the Old West. Devoted to his own brand of frontier justice, Jonah has been fighting evil and crime in Salvation for some time before the characters arrive on the scene. Jonah will be a little familiar with time travel and the future. He will also be intimately familiar with the outlaws and gangs of the area and warn the characters to be careful in the old timey setting.
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Marc Guggenheim, an executive producer of Legends, is excited about featuring Jonah in the series. Marc tells us that once the team was certain that the superhero team-up show would feature time travel, they were “eager to do a story in the old west.” As fans have come to expect of DC properties, Jonah Hex was an absolute must for any story featuring the American old west. Guggenheim displays his love of the franchise and universe by assuring interviewers that Jonah Hex is vital to the show.
“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.”
The character of the famous Civil War vet and bounty hunter, Jonah Hex was first created by comics legends John Albano and Tony DeZuniga. Described as suffering from “the mark of the demon” because of his horrifically scarred face, behind his tough appearance and cynical, angry personality is a strict moral code to protect the innocent. Jonah is described as having lived a life of abuse under his father, and to have taken up the mantle of bounty hunter after killing a man while in a drunken stupor. His legend stems from the deputy that witnessed the murder, who claimed it was the fastest draw he’d ever seen, from either drunk or sober men.
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Jonah Hex has seen a long, vibrant history in the DC universe. He has been featured working alongside many notable heroes, including Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman. This will be the first time Jonah has featured in the DC television universe, often dubbed “Arrowverse” by fans as the show Arrow was the launching platform for the other shows. However, Jonah has seen the screen before, featuring in a 2010 big screen adaptation starring Josh Brolin as the titular gunslinger. He was also featured in a DC animated short film, voiced by Thomas Jane.
Woah, Jonah Hex on Legends of Tomorrow? That’s awesome news. Super excited.
— Joe (@Interestein) January 12, 2016
Johnathon Scheach is well known for his roles in the 1996 film That Thing You Do and CW’s own ill-fated drama series Star-Crossed.
The CW premiere for their new “Arrowverse” show, Legends of Tomorrow, takes place January 21st and 8 p.m.
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