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Comic Book Writer Geoff Johns Throws A Legion-Sized Wrench In ‘Smallville’

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When “Smallville” recruited Geoff Johns to write an episode for the show, they expected to get more steeped in comic book-lore than ever before — they just didn’t realize how much. John’s episode, set to air January 15, brings in the classic comic book team the Legion of Super-Heroes and a new villain in the Persuader.


“The concept of the Legion throws a wrench in Clark’s life,” Johns said. “They’ve already built up to a huge climax with Chloe and Doomsday, and then the Legion comes in and completely complicates everything.”


Johns pitched the show on introducing the time-traveling Legionnaires — Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, and Cosmic Boy — by explaining that they would be relevant to Clark Kent’s life at this point in time (unlike some other characters who’d been introduced on the show although he wasn’t supposed to meet them until later — can you say Green Arrow?). And when the time came to talk villains, Johns brought in a bunch of his comic books to show them how the Persuader would translate in a cameo appearance.


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