Kiel: Let’s talk a bit about the “Justice” episode of the show. Over the years on “Smallville” it’s been so much fun to see the Flash or Aquaman or all these different characters and obviously you taking a big part this season. What was it like to get together in the costumes saying, ‘Oh s—-! We’re the Justice League now!’?
Hartley: Well you know what, it was a crackup. Believe me it was like…I mean, one costume is goofier than the next, and at that point I had had mine like three months or something by the time that happened, right? So, I was already used to and people were used to me walking around in that thing. I remember when I first got my costume everybody would just stare. Because you’re not used to seeing that, right? That costume’s pretty in your face – leather everywhere. Everyone kind of stared. And then after about a couple of weeks, people walked by and not even notice it. So, by the time those other guys showed up, and they were in their costumes I was already comfortable and didn’t really care. And nobody else cared either. They had already seen me for, like I said, three months.
Those guys came out and it was pretty funny. We were definitely ribbing each other a little bit about the costumes. And when I played Aquaman in the [“Mercy Reef”] pilot, I didn’t have to wear that, that spandex Speedo thing that our show’s Aquaman had to wear. So, I got off pretty easy with the pilot and just having to wear board shorts. He had the whole…[Laughs] I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of it. He came out, balls hanging out and everything, and I felt bad for him. But he’s a big guy, so if anyone’s going to wear spandex it’s got to be him I guess, right?