We've just reached the end of Arrow's third season, and we've only got one episode of The Flash left, but the CW have taken pity on our poor, desperate souls and given us our very first look at Legends of Tomorrow - we got a cast photo yesterday, but today we get the trailer itself. I'm not going to lie: it's probably my favourite DC TV trailer that I've ever broken down, and if you follow me on this site, you know, well, in short, I break down an awful lot of trailers. Here it is in all of its glory.
So amazing! Plenty to break down, too. Bear in mind, all the footage shot is likely from the show's first episode, given it as a series hasn't actually started filming properly yet, or shot as promotion material. A good chunk of the footage for each character is from their appearances across Arrow and Flash.
The team, Victor Garber confirmed, will get their first introduction at the beginning of the next season of The Flash, shooting that episode in July- putting it very early in season two- and will then air some time in January during the originally agonizing break without Flash or Arrow. At this point, Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of Arrow and on this too, has confirmed they're looking at a 13 episode length mini-series (still a substantial amount), at least for season one.
Introducing....Arrow and The Flash!
In case you don't know the pair, you get a quick introduction to both Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. The show is clearly being marketed at Flarrow fans, but, like when The Flash started out, it'll exist seamlessly in a shared universe while also not really being essential to have former viewing experience. People asking about Oliver's gear after Arrow's finale- this may have occurred before the final scene of season three, or exist sort of 'out of time' with Rip Hunter's involvement, who's a time traveller.
Played by the wonderful Ciara Renee, we see Hawkgirl in action for the first time in the trailer, wings out and everything- it's a bit too distant to see her costume, however, but with how they're setting up the series I'd expect it to be just about a translation of her comic one. Stein describes her as reincarnated, so she's definitely true to the comics- her official character description reads "a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl."
PS- I'm including a photo of the character in the trailer and their title card for each one, because they all have a cool logo behind their names which is straight out of the comics and so should be included.
This is sure to get Arrow fans excited, as, while Laurel Lance was amazing as Black Canary this season, we love Sara Lance too! She looks to be bought back by the Lazarus Pit, but that'll "definitely have repercussions" for her character. We know from Arrow that the waters change people in the soul. Sara is no exception. White Canary, if you're also wondering, is firmly embedded in the comics, even as a more modern character, who leans more on the side of villainy than heroism. However, she's not very established, which means- a great thing- the Legends team can do what they like with her character.
Or, more accurately, we see Victor Garber as Professor Stein, but he mentions Ronnie Raymond, and we do see Firestorm flying around in the trailer- confirmation the hothead will be on the show, even if Robbie Amell hasn't signed on yet. I have some theories on how they might tackle Firestorm without Robbie- see the description under Franz Drameh's heading below.
As a side note, it's thrilling in all the Upfronts photos and in the trailer itself to see such a great actor as Garber having such a blast with this show. Alongside Brandon Routh, I'd say he's one of the frontrunners for the 'lead,' but the best thing about this teamup- a feat even The Avengers struggled to accomplish- is that every member seems equally important.
Reintroducing The Atom!
We all love Ray Palmer in Arrow, who won't be a regular on the show in season four from what we know, but he's very much depicted as something of the main character in the official photos, probably because he's most well known. Yes, shock horror, he survived that (mini spoiler) incident in the Arrow finale.
Reintroducing the Rogues- Captain Cold/Heatwave!
Heat Wave doesn't speak in this trailer, but it's great to have him there, because Dominic Purcell's psychotic pyromaniac is a thrill to watch on screen- and I love Wentworth Miller's icy, cool take on Captain Cold (I'm sorry, I stepped into Schumacher territory, won't happen again). Having villains in the team really brings a new dynamic to this, like a mix between The Justice League and Suicide Squad across thirteen episodes.
Captain Cold has been villainous in The Flash, but here he'll be something of an even more morally ambiguous antihero. I doubt he'll become a 'hero,' and they're careful to make that distinction in the trailer. The best part about Legends' 13 episode length is that it'll allow room for all of these characters to still show up on Arrow and The Flash.
Introducing Rip Hunter!
Great to see Arthur Darvill playing another time traveller, Hunter looks like he's been pulled out of the comics, and his backstory as a Time Master fits that too- it's all pretty much 100% comic accurate too. Rip Hunter will be the one responsible for getting the team together, as you can see, rounding up these heroes and directing them on how to stop Savage.
And who is Franz Drameh playing?
I have two main theories as to the character he's playing. He's listed as "Jay Jackson" officially, who doesn't exist in the comics, and it seems they're trying to hide his identity. He's got two descriptions- a later released one second and the first with the casting call.
MYSTERY HERO | An African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.
‘Jay Jackson’ – a former high school athlete, whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew.
Jason Rusch- Jason already appeared on The Flash but it was in such a minor role that technically he could be recast and added back into the mix as a main character on a show. The strongest support of this theory is that Robbie Amell is absent from the show's lineup but Firestorm still appears, meaning that African American- like Franz- Jason could form the other half of Firestorm. We'll have to wait and see what happens with Ronnie in The Flash's finale before we can speculate on that further.
Black Lightning- A character with a lot of history, Jefferson Pierce has gone through a lot of versions. In some, he doesn't have powers, and instead draws them from a gadget like device akin to what STAR Labs would make for him- in others, he's a metahuman. He's street smart, he's African American, and he also has athletics in his back story. What doesn't add up here is why they would go to such lengths to keep him a secret, but we'll have to wait and see.
Wally West- Wally West, AKA Kid Flash, is African American in the New 52 and rumoured to be introduced next season- Andrew Kreisberg has said it's a possibility. Many pointed out Oliver wasn't in the trailer, so perhaps the speedster we saw wasn't Barry-
However, you can see here it clearly is. That doesn't rule out Wally's involvement, but don't take that as confirmation he's in the show.
Vandal Savage is most definitely the big bad- and what an excellent choice that is.
He hasn't been cast yet, at least to the best of my knowledge- I do doubt Franz Drameh is playing him, but, hey, anything's possible- but it'll be interesting to see who they cast as one of DC's greatest villains. Vandal Savage is immortal, spanning centuries across time and manipulating history everywhere. Over that time, he's gained the greatest army the world has ever seen in this version, and it's up to the team to stop him.
Savage is definitely not someone to be trifled with. He's a superb fighter, but above all he's a master tactician, enough that he was chosen to fulfil the role of the destroyer of the Justice League in Justice League: Doom where Ra's al Ghul played the role in Tower of Babel. He's definitely a huge villain perfectly suited to taking on this team, meaning the number of enormous villains in this DC TV Universe escalates, including the likes of Deathstroke, Ra's al Ghul, The Reverse Flash and more. Given how both Arrow and The Flash have done their villains, I can't wait to see what they do with Savage.
Eobard Thawne among the time masters? Hmm...
Nice little Easter Egg of the man in the yellow suit, Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne, sitting at a computer watching over the operations of the Time Masters. The hair and yellow suit are very distinctive. That may be a big part of the show, or it may be insignificant- again, we'll have to watch The Flash's finale to see what happens to Thawne and if he'll play into this show. (For those of you don't watch The Flash, Eobard Thawne is Reverse Flash, The Flash's arch nemesis.)
And you thought I forgot above, didn't you? We see the Atom shrink for the very first time here in live action, making Ray pretty much a solid comic adaption of his New 52 self as well, with a tech suit and, of course, as a shrinking hero. Given we saw Ray shrink in Arrow last night, then, hit by the explosion he created trying to miniaturize his suit-
- it would seem that the Atom beat Ant-Man to the punch for shrinking on screen for the first time (trailers not included), fittingly, given he's the original version. I'm not sure we'll see Ray on The Flash or if they'll tide over his miniaturizing explosion for a while- another reason to watch Fast Enough.
This may actually be from The Flash's finale, but next to the legs of the sphere you can see (blurry) the outline of Jay Garrick's iconic tin Flash hat. I saw a set photo elsewhere which I can't seem to find, but either way, that's the helmet of Jay Garrick- the lightning on the sides and silver of the hat itself is clear.
Journeys through time! (NOT 'and space!')
As a Doctor Who fan the temptation to add that last bit was strong indeed, but that's not the case here. But it was confirmed yesterday that the team most certainly would travel through time-
"It needs a team."
This team is so perfectly ragtag and yet manage to have such chemistry together it's unbelievable. I can't wait to see them all interact. Don't miss The Flash's finale next Tuesday- full breakdown on its trailer here- where we'll meet Hawkgirl and 'other cast members' for the first time in an additional two and a half minutes added to the show. If you want more trailers, also check out the Supergirl trailer, which I've done a full breakdown of too!
Update: Also we have a featurette (low quality at this point) behind the scenes of Legends, giving you some amazing insight. Enjoy!