?TV Guide has the first full pic of Michael Shanks’ Hawkman from Smallville, and I imagine I’m not alone when I say BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Holy shit. So let me get this straight — the whole point of Smallville has been to take the less comic book-y elements out of the superman story (e.g. no tights, no flying) to make a modern show with the potential for mass appeal. For nine seasons, you have beloved DC characters show up with sleeker, more realistic, modern outfits that are inspired by their classic superhero costumes, but not beholden to them. It even puts Superman in a darker, Matrix-y superhero outfit this season as to avoid the garishness of his red and blue underpants. I get that.
AND THEN YOU BRING IN HAWKMAN EXACTLY AS HE APPEARS IN THE COMICS.
He looks fucking hilarious. As Poe Ghostal (who tipped me off) and I discussed, he somehow looks more ridiculous than Brian Blessed did as King of the Hawk-Men in Flash Gordon, a movie made in the ’70s with a soundtrack by Queen. Potentially the number 1 time when DC fans would not give Smallville shit for changing a character’s appearance (okay, besides the Wonder Twins) and they just recreate it perfectly. Hee hee hee. Smallville writers, you are obviously tripping balls. Well done. Well done indeed.