Geoff Johns Talks "Legion" In Wizard Magazine

Thanks to Hells Bells for the heads up from this summary from ks

A new issue of Wizard magazine hit comic book shops today, and in it is an interview with Geoff Johns talking about the January 15 episode of Smallville - "Legion!"

Here are some highlights. Be warned of SPOILERS! And you can find the new Wizard at comic book shops everywhere starting January 2.

- For starters, Geoff Johns compares Smallville to a Marvel Comics concept: "Smallville was the Ultimate Universe before the Ultimate Universe existed," Johns says."

- There will be many things for a Legion comics fan to enjoy. "If you're a real, real Legion nut, you'll probably see far more than anybody else will," he says. "There's a lot of stuff in there. They mention Polar Boy's planet Tharr. There's probably more fanboy stuff in this episode than a whole season of Smallville."

- "I thought, 'I wonder why they haven't done the Legion? There's so much you could do with it," Johns says of the story's genesis. "The Legionnaires acting as fanboys coming back in time and looking at Clark and going, 'Well this isn't exactly the dude we read about.' The idea is Clark hearing about some things he was going to do [in the future] and his influence and inspiration and to come face to face with that."

- Flight rings were an important bit of the characters and the mythology for the episode. "They need to look gold and they have to have 'L' on them because that's just what they've been like for decades," he says. "The Legion are alien immigrants to Earth, and they have all come together because of Clark; it's made their future possible. Clark should know that his alien side isn't just about powers. It also comes with a greater responsibility and it provides a greater inspiration and it builds a bridge for Earth to the rest of the universe, and that's really what the Legion embodies."

- Johns compares Smallville's Legion to his recent work in Action Comics and Legion of 3 Worlds. "Cosmic Boy is an extremely meticulous and dedicated leader. Lightning Lad's a bit more of a lightning-in-a-bottle, casual guy having fun. Saturn Girl's more thoughtful, very aware of everything going on and is a step ahead of everybody. If anyone's read my Action Comics 'Brainiac' arc, Pa Kent has a trunk full of mementos from Clark's youth. We see that trunk in the episode. There's even a line that Garth says to Rokk that's from Action Comics."

- Johns visited the Smallville set as the episode was being shot. "I was really, really pumped to be on set, but also reserved," he says. "Of course it's going to be a little intimidating no matter what, but everybody up there was freaking amazing, and Glen Winter, the director, was awesome. I loved working with him. I remember the first thing Glen said to me: 'Hey, the script's running a little short so we'd like another page-and-a-half scene.' I immediately came up wirth a couple of ideas and refined them in my own head, and then after we set up and did the first take, I pitched it to Glen and he really responded to it. We put it in the script and shot it. It was actually one of my favorite scenes in the show."

legion of super-heroes- "The first scene with the first scene of Act I, which was Clark, Rokk, Garth, and Imra inside the farm house," Johns recalls. "It was surreal because I had watched Smallville for so long. It was like, 'Hey, check out the Legion's uniforms. How do they look? Check out Persuader. What do you think?' It was really rewarding because everybody was working so hard and kicking so much a--. I remember the first time a Legionnaire said something I was like, 'This is bizarre. I never thought I'd see a live-action Legion. This is awesome."

You can get the new Wizard (issue #208) at comic book stores now for the full article, featuring some photos from the episode and even more material from Geoff Johns! And don't forget to watch "Legion" January 15 on The CW!

Comments

  1. The interview may have come from the Wizard but the transcription came from http://www.kryptonsite.com/legionfuture.htm Please get the links right or don't copy material from their site - you look like a fool.

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  2. dude, you totally ripped off kryptonsite's synopsis, word for word.

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  3. Until the owner of KS unbans the users they have banned for posting links to our site, until the owner of KS allows users to link to our spoilers without the posts being deleted. Then we will start to link back.

    They started this sillyness so it's up to them to end it.

    Every other site on the net that we use we credit properly. It's only KS that we have this problem with. So maybe you should take it up with them.

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  4. i used to go to kryptonsite but got fed up having to wait until the precious site owner had posted the spoilers before we were allowed to discuss things.

    they are always last to get the promo photos but until he has posted them we can discuss them. same for the great scripts that you post, we are not even allowed to discuss them.

    so glad I found this site.

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  5. The casting sides from here are much more informative and accurate than K-Site's "spoilers" which are skewed to favor only a certain fanbase and geared to generate discussion/debate as well. It is difficult to wait, but Official episode descriptions and sometimes "interviews" from direct sources are good as well. I have learned to take KS spoilers with a grain of salt and some cheese.

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  6. Considering Marvel's Ultimate Universe was launched a year before Smallville's pilot was ever even produced, Geoff Johns needs to get his facts straight.

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  7. i agree ipod ksite sucks these days. the guy who owns it takes himself far too seriously. just looking at the web stats shows how many other people have stopped visiting.

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  8. I agree with the second to last Anonymous person.. it seems like spoilers are posted only when they won't piss of Chlark/Chlois fans... god forbid this show ever go the route of Real Romantic Clois, we'll probably never see any spoilers for them, unless they can somehow create Chlark fanwank

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  9. What in God's name are you talking about. Ksite is a total Clois love-fest in case you haven't noticed. Spoilers and all. Linking ksite with Chlark or Chlois is Blasphemous considering all the bashing they get there.

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  10. Don't worry, we won't be linking to KS again :)

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  11. So hopefully you'll stop stealing their content too, since they ask for a link if you're going to take things from them.

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  12. As soon as they start linking back to us we will. They started this, not us.

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  13. They aren't the ones who are taking content. I'm sure if they posted anything from your site they'd place a link. They link to Ausiello and TV Guide. Either way you're making matters worse by continuing to steal from them.

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  14. No, they banned several users for posting links to our promotional photos and casting sides. Until they stop banning and deleting people we will refuse to credit them with a link.

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  15. Who cares?? K-site sucks and I would not even click on the link if you posted it anyway lol ha ha

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  17. Cool. I've just created a new site policy then. No links to others sites and I will delete posts like yours.

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