(Warning - the following contains potential SPOILERS for future episodes of DC and the CW's Legends of Tomorrow. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is prudent...)
Now, one of the most exciting elements of DC and the CW's forthcoming Legends of Tomorrow (now just a day away!) actually doubles up as its central conceit: in any given episode, the cast could go anywhere, and meet anyone. Unlike the (relatively) temporally and geographically static Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow is specifically designed to give its writers free rein to explore whatever moment in time (or corner of the multiverse) it so chooses.
Which, a) is awesome, and b) means we're going to get to see some magnificently unlikely guest stars. The latest to be rumored? Jonah 'horrifically scarred western anti-hero' Hex - and from the sounds of it...
We Already Know Who's Going to Play Jonah Hex in 'Legends of Tomorrow'
Specifically, Hitfix is now reporting that Johnathon Schaech (perhaps best remembered for That Thing You Do, and more recently Ray Donovan, Sleepy Hollow and Quantico) will be scarring-up to play Hex.
What's more, it seems the character will be appearing in a distinctly comic-book faithful fashion, with the official line on the character's appearance coming across a little something (exactly) like this:
"A true legends of the Old West, a morally ambiguous gunslinger with a penchant for danger. Surprisingly, he knows a thing or two about time travel and the future, but is at home in the Wild West. He’s been battling outlaws and gangs for awhile now, and advises the team to be extra careful when they arrive in the small town of Salvation."
With the show's Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim adding:
"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."
The best part, though?
It Seems Hex Could Become a Recurring Character
While the anti-heroic cowboy is initially only scheduled to appear in the show's eleventh episode, the word is that there's room for him to transition into a recurring character should he be well received.
Which means, after the critical and commercial disappointment of the 2010 movie, we might finally be set to see a steady stream of on-screen Jonah Hex. Which, of course, would be awesome.
What do you reckon, though?