Actor Joseph David-Jones is having a pretty big year thanks to two amazing roles. Not only did he just debut as the comic book character Connor Hawke on DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” but he’ll take on another great science fiction franchise in the third installment of “The Divergent” series.
Jones was introduced in episode 6 of the CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” titled “Star City 2046.” While the episode was technically a “Legends” outing, it was really a way to showcase what the world of the connected TV show “Arrow” would look like in the year 2046. Jones played the son of John Diggle (David Ramsey), who was so guilt-ridden over not being able to save his father’s life that he refused to accept the family name. As a result, he became the DC Comics hero Connor Hawke. Jones has had many other TV roles, but he says nothing compares to the impact of joining what fans call "the Arrowverse."
“First off, I’m super excited to be a superhero. [Hawke] is sort of younger, so it’s awesome to be a part of that for the next generation,” he told International Business Times in a phone interview. “My time on the show has been great. Everybody has been super welcoming and everything. I never realized how many fans this show has. Once I went on, people went nuts! I have so many more followers and people sending me cartoons and stuff that they’ve made of me. It’s amazing.”
As with many cast members who join the Arrowverse this late in the game, Jones admits he wasn’t familiar with the three pillars (“Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Legends”) before auditioning for the role. After he was cast, though, he quickly binged the series and studied each show to prepare.
“I binged on all of them and to go through both those shows, ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ they have two very different tones. ‘Arrow’ is kind of darker and everything while ‘The Flash’ is for a younger audience. It’s a lot more fun, with more vibrant colors and everything,” he said. “So, I wasn’t aware of which direction they were leaning in [‘Legends of Tomorrow’]. When I talked to [executive producer] Marc Guggenheim about the show, he told me it does kind of have a fun feel to it with them going through different times and everything, but he said, ‘You kind of bring an ‘Arrow’ tone, given all the things that are happening. You’re bringing fans back to that darker and grittier tone and feel.”
As any fans who watched “Star City 2046” will know, the episode stood out as one of the more tonally different episodes of “Legends of Tomorrow,” prompting many to wonder if we’ve seen the last of Connor Hawke in the Arrowverse.
Unfortunately, the actor didn’t have any news to share on that front, saying that things are too nebulous right now for the brand-new show to have such long-term plans laid out. However, he made it abundantly clear that he would return if asked.
But Jones isn’t just waiting around for a call from the producers. On March 18 he can be seen again in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” Following the events of the previus film, “Insurgent,” Jones will play a character named Hollis who wasn’t covered in the book series. Although he couldn’t give too many specifics on what to expect from the upcoming film, he did share some minor details about who he plays.
“We really focus in on this factionless army and the regime that has come up now that Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is dead,” he said. “My character is a general in the factionless army. He is, I guess, this new set of authority that’s come up and is trying to keep everyone alive. So, while everyone is trying to go over the wall, I am trying to keep them all in.”
To find out the impact his character will have on Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and the rest, fans will simply have to buy a ticket to see “Allegiant” on March 18. In the meantime, they can follow Jones on Instagram and Twitter @JosephDJones.