Here's a reminder that tonight at 8:00pm the CW will rerun "Run," the Smallville episode that introduced the impulsive Bart Allen to Clark Kent. This will be followed at 9:00pm with a rerun of "Cyborg," featuring Lee Thompson Young as Vic Stone. It's all part of the build-up to the premiere of the long-awaited "Justice" on January 18, 2007.
Appropriately, the young heroes will be choosing codenames when they form the Smallville Justice League. Rumor has it that Warner Bros. instructed the show's producers that they could not use "the Flash" as Bart's codename on the series. Thus, it's likely that in "Justice" he'll be adopting another familiar moniker: Impulse. I have no interest in fanning the flames of the internet rumor mill, but this decision could be telling. Typically, a refusal to allow the use of a given property in a television series like Smallville--such as Warner's refusal to allow the use of any and all Batman characters on the series, for instance--indicates they are protecting the property for use in other high-profile projects. Could it be that the studio has a vested interest in the Flash? Does this reveal that they are, at long last, planning on moving forward with the eagerly anticipated Flash film? Only time will tell.
After Jonathan's (John Schneider) wallet is stolen, Clark (Tom Welling) super-speeds after the thief (guest star Kyle Gallner) but is stunned when he cannot catch him. The thief, Bart, a.k.a. The Flash, later shows up at the farm and tries to talk Clark into leaving Smallville for a life on the road together, flexing their super powers. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) buys a priceless framed manuscript with Kryptonian symbols and Clark learns that it contains a mysterious hidden map. However, when Bart steals the manuscript from Lex, he inadvertently puts Clark's life in danger and must make the decision whether to save Clark or himself. Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, John Glover, Jensen Ackles, Annette O'Toole also star. David Barrett directed the episode written by Steven S. DeKnight.