The Justice Society of America is a secret-society of superheroes, the first superhero group, and was established in the 1970s. The Justice League is the next generation superhero team.
The modern superhero team is the Justice League, while the Legion of Super-Heroes is the superhero team from a millinium in the future.
Tess has her team, the Injustice League, whicl is operated like the Suicide Squad.
While Lana Lang has her organization, the Isis Foundation. Her new skin contains DNA, fueled by meteor rock. Since Lex Luthor forced her to absorb large quantities of it, Clark can’t get near her, without suffering from Kryptonite poisoning. So even though she’s been written out of Smallville, she could be a client in her own organization now.
Early in the episode, a man named Sylvester Pemberton (Star-Spangled Kid) tracks down Chloe and tells her he knows about her team of superheroes and needs their help.
However, before he can explain who he is, he is attacked and killed by Icicle.
Apparently, he has been living in his car, since his superhero days.
Clark and Chloe’s investigation leads Clark to the former headquarters of the Justice Society of America where he meets up with Kent Nelson AKA Dr. Fate, Carter Hall AKA Hawkman and Courtney Whitmore AKA Star Girl. Courtney pleads with Hawkman and Dr. Fate to help her catch the killer that is targeting their group but they are reluctant to resume their duties as superheroes. Clark, John Jones, Green Arrow and Chloe team up to help the JSA stop Icicle before he murders another member of the group. Meanwhile, Lois recieves a package from a mysterious agency called Checkmate, run by Amanda Waller.
Clark finds the Sandman dead in his apartment, and Doctor Fate gets killed later in the episode.
The Watchtower is targeted and involved in a major battle, Chloe is there when the large circular window is shattered. Which appears to me as Hawkman.
Just a week earlier, Chloe was targeted by the Dark Archer at Watchtower.
At some point, it appears that Hawkman abducts Green Arrow.
Oliver Queen is using maps to track the activities of a Justice Society member.
There is a Justice Society member (Star-Spangled Kid) that knows Chloe is Watchtower.
Clark, Green Arrow and John Jones (Martian Manhunter)
There is a point in which Chloe is attacked by the Icicle.
The Icicle is responsible for taking the lives of several members of the Justice Society.
Clark, Green Arrow and John Jones find the headquarters of the Justice Society discover several artifacts belonging to members ot the Justice Society. Clark discovers Jay Garrett’s helmet with wings, that was worn by the original Flash. Green Lantern’s power ring and power battery are also discovered.
There is evidence that the Justice Society had their own Black Canary, the mother of the current Justice League member Black Canary.
Episode No. Episode Title
9-12 Absolute Justice (Society Pt 1)
Written By: Geoff Johns
Directed By: Glen Winter
Guest Stars: Michael Shanks (Carter Hall/Hawkman), Brent Stait (Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate), Britt Irvin (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl), Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter), Ken Lawson (Wesley Dodds/Sandman), Erica Carroll (Inza Nelson)
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Chloe is confronted by a Justice Society member in a dark alley. (actually, Smallville’s one street)
– Kent Nelson (Doctor Fate) talks to his helmet maing him perceived to be a crazy person.
– Clark and Chloe enter a hospital room to find Doctor Fate standing there. With a gesture, Fate sends Clark elsewhere.
– Oliver meets up with Chloe at the Watchtower.
– Star Girl has an outdoor confrontation with the episode’s villain. (This might be in Hour 2, “Legends”).
– Talking to Matt Mitovich at FANCAST.com, actress Britt Irvin reveals a death occurs at the beginning at the episode, and “that brings [the JSA] together with Clark and his team.”
– Irvin also reveals that Star Girl has a bit of friction with Green Arrow at the beginning, as does Hawkman. She does say that her character has a special connection with Clark. “He reminds her a lot of her mentor,” she says, adding that when the JSA gets wind (via Dr. Fate) of Clark’s destiny, Star Girl realizes that Clark is “very important for mankind.”
Some Justice Society members know who “Watchtower” really is before they are told.
– There is a super-villain in this episode named Icicle.
– Sometime before this episode Chloe gets a non-Watchtower job offer.
The preview aired for Smallville’s return included some shots of Sandman (Wesley Dodds version) as well as a shot of the Green Lantern’s ring and power battery.
Jay Garrett (Flash) is walking down some steps, escorted by 2 police officers. Under arrest?
His polished and buffed World War I helmet with the wings on the side is seen in a display case.
– We’ll see Hawkman flying into Watchtower, through the large circular window, to Chloe’s dismay and onto the Daily Planet roof.
– This version of Hawkman is a “reincarnated prince” from thousands of years ago. He now works in a museum as Carter Hall.
– The Justice Society was active in the 1970’s but they had since disbanded.
– There are a lot of memories and paraphernalia that “viewers will be familiar with.”
Namely, Jay Garrett’s helmet, and Allen Scott’s power ring.
– Carter doesn’t know what to make of Chloe, and Lois’s role will have something to do with the romance and “Tess’s dark plotting.”
– Some trust issues with Martian Manhunter “have to be dealt with,” and Dr. Fate has a helmet which can predict the future and can teleport.
– Hawkgirl will be referenced and we will learn where she is now.
UPDATED 10/30/09: New Hawkman spoilers from Michael Shanks at the Huffington Post:
– “Hawkman being the alpha in the Justice Society, being someone who…has made some missteps along the way, can or could represent a type of mentor character to Clark in his leadership abilities with his burgeoning team members of the Justice League. He represents a character that has a lot of wisdom to pass down to this next generation, so there is a strong possibility that once the initial phase wears off that there will be a coming together of those two to paint a larger portrait of the future, of what Clark has available to him and what his options are,” he says.
– About Doctor Fate: “There’s a really neat relationship between he and Hawkman that makes the first episode quite heart-wrenching. There are aspects of it that are heart-wrenching as a result of that relationship. And I thought that was a very cool aspect of the first episode.”
– The character will fly, and he does have a mace. And yes, there are wings.
– The version of Carter Hall we’ll be seeing here is an archaelogist, not “Thanagarian space cop.”
Elise Gatien as appearing as “Speedy” in this episode, she does NOT appear in “Society.”
“Yes, Hawkman will have wings. And a big mace. Oh. And he and Green Arrow don’t get along. At all.”
At least one of the Justice Society members appearing has been replaced by a woman in their superheroic identity (Stargirl) at some point in comics history. (As revealed above, Doctor Fate is appearing. Hawkgirl taking over Hawkman’s comic book series might also count).
The Justice Society returns “to give these screwed up guys of the next generation a needed smack-down,” Geoff Johns says. The characters appearing are not yet known and will rely on legal clearances, but Johns says the characters will be in their 40’s and Jay Garrick and Alan Scott will not be appearing.
The Justice Society “will be heroes that come out of ‘retirement’ to see how the current generation operates.”
Justice Society of America – a team that preceded the Justice League by a generation.
Episode No. Episode Title
9-13 Absolute Justice (Legends Pt 2)
Written By: Geoff Johns
Directed By: Tom Welling
Guest Stars: Michael Shanks (Carter Hall/Hawkman), Brent Stait (Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate), Britt Irvin (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl), Phil Morris (John Jones/Martian Manhunter), Alessandro Juliani (Dr. Emil Hamilton)
When Phil Morris appears as John Jones in “Legends” (the second hour of Absolute Justice), expect to see him wearing a very holiday-like combination of colors – red and green. No, he’s not celebrating Christmas; more, he’s wearing the familiar colors known for many years as being worn by his comic book counterpart, the Martian Manhunter. Even the “X” design will be incorporated.
Lois and Tess share a scene in the Daily Planet basement. Lois and Clark also have at least once scene at the Planet.
– There is a big battle inside the Watchtower.
Lois gets some information about the Justice Society members from an anonymous source.
Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) will be appearing in this and several other episodes as Amanda Waller. Waller is a major player in the comics and is frequently associated with the organizations Checkmate and the Suicide Squad.
All of the series’ regular cast except for Callum Blue (Zod) appears in this episode.
UPDATED 10/22/09: The guest cast is assumed but not confirmed, as Johns has stated that the extension to 2 parts was to ensure that “Hawkman, Dr. Fate, and Stargirl are done right.”
– Lois will be appearing in the second part.
The above trailers and preview provide the most information for episode “Absolute Justice”.
The Justice Society and some members of All-Star Squadron are all now part of Smallville continuity as members of the Justice Society.