Legends of Tomorrow: DC Instagram Account Confirms Hourman Easter Egg

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During an earlier look around the set of the Waverider on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, ComicBook.com has wondered whether the hourglass on Rip Hunter's desk was just an hourglass...or something more.

Could it belong to Hourman, the Justice Society hero who, powered by a drug called Miraclo, had super powers for an hour at a time?

Well, in a word, yes.

The official DC Comics Instagram account has confirmed that the hourglass belongs to Hourman -- a character who, at one point not long ago, had a series in development at The CW.

But it gets more interesting.

When you actually brighten the image, to see where it reveals the character and the words "Hourman's hourglass," you see this:

Hourman

That's the Tom Peyer/Rags Morales version of Hourman, first introduced during Grant Morrison's DC One Million crossover event. He's an android from the 853rd Century, who traveled to the present during the crossover and stayed behind, teaming up with former Justice League "mascot" Snapper Carr to have time-travel adventures and try to learn what it means to be human.

The series was, in this writer's opinion, one of the best DC Comics of its era, and that version of Hourman -- while one that DC hasn't really recognized since the end of the series -- would be an interesting and fun addition to the Legends of Tomorrow crew.

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciara Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).

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    • Flash187
    • 521 Posts in 22 Months

    Season 2 of Arrow, with the Mirakuru I thought for sure they'd introduce some version of Hourman, especially with the rumors of a show being developed. Alas, never did, but what we got was better. I hope they return to using Mirakuru in some form in the future.

    • _L0Bo_
    • 3197 Posts in 19 Months

    I wanna see that actual Hourman CW series we was promised, and what happened to The Avenger (Justice Inc). Was looking forward to both of them... c'mon CW lose Jane The Virgin and some other stuff, more DC shows. ;) : D

    • MovieMan
    • 228 Posts in 17 Months

    I too would love to see The CW adapt more DC Comics series, but they have to be careful.  If they do not rely on other shows of different genres, they run the risk of overdoing it all and losing their network.  Right now, comics are at a major high point, but remember the bankruptcy filings of the 90s and how the comic companies were struggling to stay afloat.  Granted the films (Blade, then X-Men) pulled Marvel out of the bankruptcy, BUT The CW runs the risk of overkill and losing it all.  Best case scenario is instead of multiple shows, do like Agent on ABC, and in mid-season break, run a short run series.  While The Flash and Arrow are on winter break, run 7 or 8 weeks of a show in their place, sam show both nights even, and have it a revolving series, instead of one series played over.  Not saying it would work either, but might be better in the longevity of the genre.  But, again, I agree, I would LOVE to see more DC shows!!!!!!!!

    • MovieMan
    • 228 Posts in 17 Months

    For next season of Legends of Tomorrow (granting they get renewed), I would absolutely love to see it change to Legends of Yesterday. They could feature the JSA and set it in WWII or just after. Would be great to see Wonder Woman added in the mix (though I doubt WB will allow that with the film), and they could actually use Sandman, the Cat, Hawkman and Hawkgirl (from this series), and others (maybe even Hourman, though not sure if he was part of the JSA).

  1. MovieMan said ... (original post)

    I too would love to see The CW adapt more DC Comics series, but they have to be careful.  If they do not rely on other shows of different genres, they run the risk of overdoing it all and losing their network.  Right now, comics are at a major high point, but remember the bankruptcy filings of the 90s and how the comic companies were struggling to stay afloat.  Granted the films (Blade, then X-Men) pulled Marvel out of the bankruptcy, BUT The CW runs the risk of overkill and losing it all.  Best case scenario is instead of multiple shows, do like Agent on ABC, and in mid-season break, run a short run series.  While The Flash and Arrow are on winter break, run 7 or 8 weeks of a show in their place, sam show both nights even, and have it a revolving series, instead of one series played over.  Not saying it would work either, but might be better in the longevity of the genre.  But, again, I agree, I would LOVE to see more DC shows!!!!!!!!

    There's also the contractual/practical day to day concern that CW is jointly-owned by WB and CBS and they have to develop series from both sides of the equation. If you get too WB-heavy, it can cause problems.

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