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It has been a great week for fans of the DC Comics television shows. There was an amazing team up on The Flash, a very, very interesting finale on Arrow, and the unveiling of Supergirl on CBS, but the week is still young and there's always room for more goodness. The CW released a trailer for their upcoming Arrow / Flash spinoff, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and it is glorious!
Who would have thought that when Arrow started back in 2012, that it would eventually lead to this. I would have never expected all these heroes and villains to team up...EVER. I LOVE the content that DC Comics is putting on our screens, and even more knowing that I will be re-watching them with my kids...you know...when I have them. But anyway, lets get to it!
Life Got Stranger...I Mean Awesome...
Oliver talks to the group about a time when the world was a much simpler place. A time when the bad guy was a maniacal, blood seeking sociopath who wanted revenge for the death of his love. Times have changed since then. Now there are men who run back in time to kill their nemesis. There are men who are immortal. There are threats that can end all of time.
Our heroes, Green Arrow, and Flash have had no problem stopping crime on their own, but it's sometimes necessary to get a little help. During The Flash's "Rogue Air," Barry sought out the help of Oliver, and Ronnie to take out The Reverse Flash. Had Barry chosen to do it alone, it could have ended badly since Wells is much more faster.
With all sorts of heroes coming out of the woodwork, it makes sense that bigger, badder threats will sprout out somewhere in the world. Who better to stop these threats than the heroes and villains we love?
The Legends of Tomorrow
Sorry Cold, you might have wanted to go down in history as one of the coolest villains in history, but hey, being known as a Legend isn't that bad. Thanks to Rip Hunter, we know that our heroes will go down in history as Legends due to their heroic feats, but who exactly is part of this team of legendary heroes?
A Girl With Wings
She was a force to be reckoned with on Cartoon Networks' Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, and it seems Hawkgirl will continue to be that hardcore, edgy character on 'Legends'.
The official description for the character goes as follows:
Saunders is 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.
Based on the description, the live action version of Hawkgirl will remain faithful to that of her comic book counterpart. While Hawkgirl can be seen wearing a costume, full with mask and wings in the trailer, 'Legends' star Ciara Renee admits that she has yet to try on Hawkgirl's signature attire. During an interview with Comicbook.com, Ciara was asked if she had tried on Hawkgirl's wings, and she says, "No, we don't have that costume yet, sadly. We're still waiting for that, so not yet."
While no costume has yet been picked out for the character, you can definitely expect her character to suit up, and wing out. In the trailer for 'Legends' Hawkgirl can be seen flying through the night skies, sporting her traditional look.
A Deceased Assassin
There is no denying that everyone was bummed that Sara was killed off during the premiere episode of Arrow's third season. No one expected her to die, especially so early on in the season.
Since it was well known that Ra's al Ghul would be the dominant force this season, people have speculated that Sara would be brought back to life via the mystical properties of The Lazarus Pit...and they were right.
But now the question that is on my mind is: who brings Sara back from the dead? Does Rip Hunter bring back to life? And if he does, wouldn't that mess up the time stream? Rip knows the consequences of messing with time, but if Sara is back, then it's possible that her death at the hands of Thea Queen wasn't meant to happen? It's going to be really interesting to see how they explain her return.
There is also the possibility that the new Ra's al Ghul, Malcolm Merlyn, brought Sara back to life, as a way of calming Nyssa's hunger for revenge. It will be interesting to see this character explored in a different light, since Sara's personality and traits are bound to change when she returns from the dead.
Seeing as The White Canary is a relativity unknown character, it makes sense that The CW is going to take a lot of freedom with the character, since she is a villain in the comics. It will be interesting to see this new interpretation of the character, and even better to see Caity Lotz back on our screens.
A Pair of Criminals
It was definitely a surprise to know that Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell would star in the spinoff. I imagined that they would somehow be the big bad. It made sense since Captain Cold would be responsible for assembling a group of bad guys with one things in common: they don't like The Flash.
Imagine my surprise when that wasn't exactly the case. It's a nice change in the dynamic to have some villains running around with the heroes. This sort of interaction is often not explored, and it will definitely add a new dynamic to the group, as to whether or not the heroes can trust the bad guy.
During "Rogue Air," Barry learned the hard way to never trust a criminal, so it will be very interesting to see if Cold can win back the trust of The Scarlet Speedster. I also like the idea of seeing Heatwave idolizing Firestorm, since Firestorm is essentially, Heatwave's dream. Speaking of that hot head...
Martin Stein returns, and it seems Ronnie won't be with him. "But wait," you're probably saying, "I saw Firestorm flying alongside The Atom!" You're right, you did see Firestorm, but something tells me that it won't be Ronnie.
While it can change, Robbie Amell hasn't signed on to reprise his role of Ronnie Raymond, which raises the question as to why. There is speculation that Robbie Amell may join The Flash full time since he will marry Caitlin during The Flash's season finale. I don't think Caitlin would be thrilled at the idea of letting her husband go on adventures throughout time right after their marriage. But that doesn't mean Firestorm can't appear.
The Flash introduced Firestorm as a joint hero just like in the comics. It is possible that The CW may take some liberties, and have Martin Stein merge with another character that has already appeared on The Flash, his name is Jason Rusch.
Luc Roderique appeared as Rusch during "Revenge of the Rogues," in a minor role. He aided Caitlin in discovering what F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. was. But you're probably wondering if that was the case, why wasn't Roderique cast on the show. Well, it's possible the character was re-cast. This isn't the first time that it has happened. Sara Lance was re-cast and Caity Lotz came in to take over the role, and so was Linda Park, with Malese Jow taking over the part. But now you're wondering, who could this new actor be?
Franz Drameh was recently cast on 'Legends' as Jay Jackson. Does it ring a bell? It shouldn't. The character doesn't exist in the comics. It's possible that they may be keeping the role secret to raise the anticipation, or Drameh may be playing another speedster...but Firestorm will appear in some way, and it's going to be interesting as to how.
A Billionaire With A LOT of Tech
Thought you saw the last of Palmer on Arrow? Think again! It may have seemed that the new hero lost his life during that explosion, but no one ever dies if they don't die on camera (except for Deadshot).
Ray Palmer's Atom returns, and he has a cool trick up his sleeve. Something tells me you already know what it is. We all were a little frightened that it wasn't going to happen but The CW came through for us. The Atom WILL shrink.
Aww, look at little wittle Atom. He's so tiny! I am beyond excited that The Atom will shrink. Remember how we were all excited when he crossed over to The Flash and we were absolutely sure The Atom was going to shrink, only for him not to. It was such a bummer. It may be a little late, and it won't be till next year when our newest hero shrinks, but at least he's going to do it. Plus, Atom will be the first hero to shrink on television!
Obviously The Scarlet Speedster and The Emerald Archer
While they may not be starring on 'Legends', you can bet your butt that these two will have a role in the spinoff. They may appear in limited capacities due to their own shows, but they will most definitely appear.
Rip Hunter...He's From East London, oh, and From the FUTURE
We obviously can't have our group of Legends without the man behind their assemble. Rip Hunter, is a member of the Time Masters, who essentially, make sure the time stream stays in tack from start to finish. In other words, it's a big, big, BIG deal if Rip Hunter traveled to the past to gather up some heroes. The synopsis that The CW released goes as follow:
When heroes alone are not enough, the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
And now we have our immortal threat as well...drumroll please...
It's Vandy...I mean Vandal Savage!
The immortal being known as Vandal Savage will be the Legends' prime foe during the show's first season. The last time viewers saw Savage was during Cartoon Network's Young Justice, where Savage was the mastermind behind a series of unfortunate events.
Based on Savage's past crimes, I think that Savage is going to try and wipe out all of humanity, in order to make the world in his vision. He's tried it before, and he can totally try it again.
What I love about Savage being the main antongonist is that he is a believable super villain. He isn't someone super powerful like Darkseid or Amazo, to the point where it wouldn't fit in the Flarrowverse. He's the perfect villain for our Legends.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow is set to air next year during the midseason on The CW.
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