The latest (and likely last, since the series is wrapping in May) pair of DC Comics characters to appear on Smallville are coming to a small screen near you on April 22nd. The CW sent over some pics of these two new additions to the Smallville-verse, and while one of them looks pretty good, I think they missed the mark on the other.
Appropriately titled “Booster,” the episode finds Booster Gold — the superhero from the future who craves fame — turning up in Metropolis and stealing the spotlight from the Blur (Clark Kent’s persona precursor to Superman). True to his comic book roots, Booster’s goal is nothing less than to supplant Clark and become “the world’s greatest superhero” in the eyes of Metropolis’ citizens. But all things must eventually go awry, and this time it happens when Booster accidentally causes an alien scarab to fall off a truck. The scarab soon fuses itself to a teenager named Jaime Reyes, turning him into the Blue Beetle, but Jaime can’t control his new superpowers and Metropolis is placed in mega-danger.
The episode is being directed by the Man of Steel himself, Tom Welling, and the ep also features what looks to be Clark’s first-ever phone booth quick-change, as you can see from the photos. “Booster” was written by DC Comics superstar writer Geoff Johns, who also wrote the two-part episode where the Justice Society was introduced to the series. Actor Eric Martsolf, a soap opera mainstay who currently stars on Days of Our Lives, guest stars as Booster Gold, while Jaime Reyes/the Blue Beetle is portrayed by Jaren Brandt Bartlett. Bartlett has appeared in lots of geeky shows like The 4400, Dead Zone, Tru Calling, and The Twilight Zone.
As for the costumes… Booster’s works for me, successfully incorporating the leather aesthetic that Smallville‘s heroes favor with his classic look from the comics. (They sure wear big codpieces in the future, though, eh?) But Blue Beetle just looks all kinds of weird. Maybe it will look better in action, but those ginormous shoulder things throw the whole suit out of proportion.
There are more photos below. What do you think?