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:
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”).