Entertainment Weekly has learned that the CW are planning to air the upcoming Justice Society-heavy Smallville two-parter (“Society” and “Legends) as a two hour movie event on January 29th 2010. Penned by comic bookwriter Geoff Johns, the television movie will feature the arrival of Justice Society members Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Doctor Fate (Brent Stait), Stargirl (Britt Irvin), and the return of Phil Morris as Martian Manhunter. The storyline apparently involves Clark crossing paths with the Justice Society characters, who have come out of retirement to meet up with an old foe.
I stopped watching Smallville about 5 or 6 years ago (which in retrospect, was probably 4 or 5 seasons longer than I should have), so I really don’t care about this latest development. It also seems that releasing a two episode arc under the package of a two hour television movie was just a last minute decision, and not much more. It might have actually been somewhat interesting if they had planned for it and shot the story as a two hour movie.
Now that Smallville is clearly coming to an end (I, like many others, gave up on the show a couple years ago, well after I should have), the CW is trying to plan for the future. Smallville executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson are teaming with McG to produce a pilot for The Graysons, based on pre-Batman days of Batman’s sidekick Robin. The show will follow Dick “DJ” Grayson, his family, first loves, and young rivals. The series will be set in modern times and will have a one-hour running time.
Not much else has been revealed at this time, but the nickname “DJ” doesn’t give me much hope. I wonder if the film will follow the Greysons as they perform in a traveling circus? Souders and Peterson claim to have an original take on the character. I seriously doubt a television series like this could even be interesting. The only reason Smallville works at all is the fact that Clark has superpowers. Who cares about Dick Grayson before he put on the tights? If they’re going to make a show about a family, why not just create something original?
And what’s with the fascination of seeing television shows with superheros before they become superheroes? Now that we’re living in a post Batman Begins world, I’d love to see a real superhero television show done right. I know I’ve said this before, but Daredevil would be a great television show because it could be part court room drama and part superhero adventure.