After the poorly scripted Jonah Hex, starring Josh Brolin, flopped at the box office, many fans of the beloved DC comics character still wonder if Jonah Hex will ever get the film treatment he deserves. Jonah Hex expert and super fan, Michael Davis, (whom even has a character named after him in a Jonah Hex story of the DC comic) was disappointed in the movie. Knowing in detail about the character, Davis said the film strayed from the source material to include its own theatrical version unrelated to the character. He still has hope for the character to one day get redemption in a much better film than the one that presently exists.
Presently there have been no immediate plans for a reboot of Jonah Hex. In the meantime, Jonah Hex is a potential possibility to appear in the upcoming TV series, [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021), even though there have been no confirmations nor reports of that happening.
The Flash and Arrow spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow, will make its television debut for television's mid season this coming year. It is a series about a group of DC comics based superheroes that are recruited by time traveler, Rip Hunter, to travel back to the future to thwart the evils of the time traveling villain, Vandal Savage.
There have been many rumors and questions surrounding Legends of Tomorrow. There is no denying that it is definitely a Justice League/Justice Society team of superheroes. The central core of characters have already been cast. However, throughout the course of the series the question arises as to what other characters may make guest appearances on the superhero series. Like its predecessors, Arrow and The Flash, whom have introduced new DC characters each episode, it is most likely Legends of Tomorrow will do the same. Most rumors and speculation about who will show up on the series center around any DC comics character that have been associated with time travel such as Booster Gold, Adam Strange or even the future team, The Legion of Super-Heroes. However, One DC comics character that may find its way to the television series may very well be the Western gunslinger, Jonah Hex.
Jonah Hex, created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga, is a disfigured bounty hunter that is a Civil War veteran of the old west genre that first appeared in the DC comic, All-Star Western #10 in 1972. His origin story is somewhat similar to that of the Lone Ranger's and Joseph's from the book of Genesis in the Bible. Jonah Hex was sold into slavery to an Apache tribe by his own father. He was later raised by the Apaches as one of their own after saving the tribe's Chief from a dangerous animal. Eventually he was branded on his face for killing the Chief's son in a combat trial, giving him the infamous scar on his face. He went on to become a bounty hunter after he had fought in the American Civil War of the mid 1860's. It was during his bounty hunting days that Jonah Hex encountered time travel.
For a few years Jonah Hex fit in no other category than the classic western genre until he was included in a Justice League of America (issue 159) comic book story in 1978 about time travel. In that story he was recruited by a character named Lord of Time to join a team called Five Warriors from Forever to fight both the Justice League and the Justice Society. The recruits, including Jonah Hex, rebelled against the time traveling Lord of Time. Jonah Hex came face to face with the Justice League again in 1982 in Justice League of America (issue 199). In 1985, Jonah Hex experienced time travel yet again in the classic DC story Crisis On Infinite Earths when he encountered superheroes from the future requesting his help to save mankind from the evil Anti-Monitor. Even in the animated Justice League series, Jonah Hex was met by members of the Justice League when they traveled back in time in the day he lived.
However, if Jonah Hex does make an appearance in Legends of Tomorrow, and doesn't appear as the western version of the character, he would appear as the post apocalyptic version simply known as Hex. Immediately following the events of Crisis On Infinite Earths, Jonah Hex was abducted from his own time to find himself in the year 2059 and in his own post-apocalyptic comic book, Hex. During the time travels of Legends of Tomorrow, it is a strong possibility that the superhero group may come in contact with Hex of the future. While Jonah Hex will always be known for his wild west bounty hunting background, he has been involved in time travel throughout his history. He has been in stories with Vandal Savage (Legends of Tomorrow's main villain) and in stories that affected his time because of the Flashpoint storyline, which is part of the main storyline The Flash TV series is based off of. Another part of the storyline from The Flash TV series is a future news column that pertain to events in Crisis On Infinite Earths. Since the DC Crisis On Infinite Earths comic included every DC character up until 1985, many fans have speculated this is why there was a need for the all superhero TV series. Legends of Tomorrow is a series that opens up all avenues for numerous appearances from various superheroes. And this is why Jonah Hex will most likely at some point appear in The Flash spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow.
Even though fans are waiting patiently for a more improved Jonah Hex movie, there may be a better chance he will show up on the small screen first until a film reboot arrives. While there have been no confirmations and Jonah Hex's appearance in Legends of Tomorrow is no more than speculation at this time, it would be no surprise if an episode of the TV series will center around the classic western character somewhere in the series.