Check it out folks, we've got a first look at Michael Shanks as Carter Hall, AKA Hawkman, from Smallville's upcoming feature-length Justice Society adventure.
I am pleased with how the helmet and wing harness look, but Shanks looks like he needs to beef up a little bit. Maybe it's just the picture, but he looks a little too scrawny to wield that mace effectively! Otherwise, I have only minor complaints, which is tantamount to "where are the stripes?" I don't mind the breastplate look, and the presence of the chestpiece is excellent. I guess the real test will be when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, when it hits the airwaves.
There is also an interview which Shanks where he sheds some light on Hawkman's role in the story:
TV Guide: What's Hawkman's story?
Michael Shanks: When we first meet Carter Hall he's in his museum.(Luke sez: HECK YES!)We'll learn he's a reincarnated prince from a thousand years ago. There is a reference to The Justice Society's time in the '70s, but we have since disbanded.
TVG: Is there any reference made to Hawkgirl?
MS: There's a lot of referencing to Shayera/ Hawkgirl throughout as his one true love, given the fact that these two have a tremendous history as thousand year-old reincarnated beings who continue to find each other lifetime after lifetime. And we will learn where she is now.
I don't know that I can get any more jazzed up to see Hawkman on the small screen at this point! The special is set to air February 5, 2010.