Wednesday, April 20, 2011

First Look: Blue Beetle on Smallville Photos

Smallville - “Booster” - Jaden Brandt Bartlett as the Blue Beetle

Ok, as much as I’d like to only talk about Booster Gold’s appearance on Smallville this long, I’d be doing the show a great disservice if I totally ignored the fact that the Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) was also making his live action debut this Friday. To be honest, I’ve never truly warmed up to Jaime as the Blue Beetle, primarily because of the way DC killed off his predecessor Ted Kord. What really angers me is the fact they could have introduced Jaime as a new Blue Beetle without killing Ted off. It’s not like Ted ever used the scarab that gives Jaime his powers. But I digress…

Smallville - “Booster” - Jaden Brandt Bartlett as the Blue Beetle

Before I totally lose all of my non-comic book loving readers, check out these new photos from Comic Book Resources showing Jaden Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes (aka the Blue Beetle). For as much as I love Smallville’s Booster Gold uniform, I equally hate the Blue Beetle armor. It just looks hokey and cardboard-y. To be honest, I’ve seen better and more realistic costumes at SDCC. But hopefully these still photos aren’t indicative of how the costume looks on tv.

Smallville - “Booster” - Jaden Brandt Bartlett as the Blue Beetle & Eric Martsolf as Booster Gold

For those of you interested in what the Smallville episode “Booster” will be about, here’s the official synopsis: DC Comics character Booster Gold arrives from the future; The Blue Beetle is born! — After everything that happened with the VRA, Lois (Erica Durance) tells Clark (Tom Welling) it’s best to make “Clark Kent” forgettable and awkward so people don’t suspect he’s The Blur. However, the two are stunned when a fame-hungry superhero from the future, Booster Gold (guest star Eric Martsolf), sweeps into town and begins making saves and posing for press ops, completely winning over the city of Metropolis.

Smallville - “Booster” - Jaden Brandt Bartlett as the Blue Beetle & Eric Martsolf as Booster Gold

Booster begins his campaign to take The Blur’s place as the “World’s Greatest Superhero” and tries to charm Lois into writing a story about him, but she’s not having his antics and begins her own campaign for The Blur. During one of Booster’s saves, an alien weapon in the form of a scarab falls from a truck and fuses itself to a boy named Jaime Reyes (guest star Jaden Brandt Bartlett), turning him into the Blue Beetle. Unfortunately, Jaime is unable to control the suit and Blue Beetle starts attacking Metropolis. Tom Welling directed the episode written by Geoff Johns.

The Smallville episode “Booster” premieres this Friday, April 22nd, at 8/7c on The CW.
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