While Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have fans still sceptical about its announced list of upcoming films, they have certainly worked wonders on the small screen with CW network's ever-expanding 'Arrowverse', which so far consisted of Arrow and The Flash. It was very clear from the beginning, starting from the fact that Barry Allen/The Flash made his debut on Arrow and that Oliver Queen/Arrow showed up in the pilot episode of The Flash, that the two shows will have numerous crossovers with each other. But until now, very few people could imagine that we would get another entire series consisting of characters from the afore-mentioned shows.
In January of this year, co-developer and co-showrunner of both shows Greg Berlanti stated that there were "very early talks" of a spin-off series centred on Brandon Routh's character Ray Palmer/The Atom. In February, it was reported that the series was aiming for a 2015-16 midseason release and that it would be a superhero team-up show with characters from both Arrow and The Flash, although no characters or cast members had been confirmed. In March, Stephen Amell, who plays protagonist Oliver Queen on Arrow, confirmed that the series would air in the 2015-16 midseason. In May, the network officially confirmed the order for the series and officially announced that the title was DC's Legends of Tomorrow and on May 14th, the network released the first look of the series which was totally awesome, by the way.
So, the following is what we know as of now about the series.
- THE PREMISE
Now, short two-line premises are usually not very exciting or ground-breaking to fans, either because they already have an idea of what's going to take place or that there aren't any apparent previously-unknown announcements or revelations to take away from it. In the case of Legends of Tomorrow, however, neither of the two were true. That's because nobody had any idea what was going to happen for sure and the premise definitely delivered surprises. This is the official premise:
Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself.
Holy freaking shit! Rip Hunter?? Vandal Savage??!! I'm willing to bet that most fans had instant fangasms when they heard this! And interestingly, both the characters will be making their live-action debut with the series.
- THE CAST AND CHARACTERS
Along with Brandon Routh, there were several other returning cast members who were confirmed to be headlining the series including Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Caity Lotz as a resurrected Sara Lance, who will be seen taking on the name of White Canary. New additions include Franz Darmeh as Jay Jackson and Arthur Darvill and Ciara Renée as long-standing and popular DC Comics characters Rip Hunter and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, respectively. Vandal Savage is the confirmed main antagonist of the series (or the first season, at least), but the character has not been cast as of now.
Now, this confirmed cast definitely means a lot of things. Firstly, if Victor Garber is returning as Martin Stein, who is one half of the superhero Firestorm, then what happened to the other half Ronnie Raymond? Earlier, co-developer and co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg stated that there was a "very specific reason" why Robbie Amell, who portrays Ronnie Raymond, wasn't announced as being part of the cast. But I still think that by now, we should have some sort of update on that "very specific reason".
Secondly, and it's a big one, how exactly did Sara come back from the dead? In the trailer, we see Sara emerging from what is presumably the Lazarus Pit, but from my knowledge, I don't think the Lazarus Pit can heal people who have been dead for so many months. For a person to be completely resurrected, the corpse has to be fresh, right? I mean, the body is bound to be decomposed by now. But of course, rules for the usage of the Lazarus Pit might be different here.
As for Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter, we will probably get introduced to them way before the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow. Actress Ciara Renée has confirmed that she, along with other unspecified cast members of the series, will appear in 'Fast Enough', which is the final episode of The Flash. But don't expect right away that she will appear as Hawkgirl. It's more likely that we will be introduced to her in her human form. And the introduction of Rip Hunter in the episode is simply a fan's hope at this point. And although it's unclear how they will fit in the episode, it surely will be interesting.
This universe's Vandal Savage remains a mystery for now. But all I care about is that it's VANDAL freaking SAVAGE!! Originally introduced in the comics as a villain of Alan Scott/Green Lantern and the Justice Society of America in the Earth-Two universe, Vandal has since also become a prominent and fan-favourite foe of the Justice League. Although nothing is known about his characterization in the series, I'm excited just at the thought of him being the main antagonist and making his live-action debut (not counting the Vandal Savage-based Dr. Curtis Knox from Smallville).
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