If there's any area that DC and WB are hitting it out of the park, it's absolutely within their TV universe. Shows like Arrow and The Flash have been nothing short of massive successes, with dedicated fanbases singing the praises of each episode whenever a new one releases. With [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) hitting in early 2016, though, it seems as though the television-based universe that DC is building has become a little more nuanced; in an interview with Screen Rant, showrunner Phil Klemmer opened up about what kind of series fans can expect from this mismatched team of would-be antiheroes.
It’s more like a caper, because it’s sort of like ‘Ocean’s 11′, where you have a team of misfits, a dirty dozen, and they’ve been sent on essentially a suicide mission. So it will have a lot of interpersonal tension and it will have a lot more… it’s like a fun.. it is almost like a family dynamic between people who can’t get along but are forced to get along because they’re stuck in this stupid time travel spaceship and having to save the world. But if it weren’t for that they would absolutely kill each other.
With the coming seasons of Arrow and The Flash, DC is experimenting with time travel, which seems to be exactly what ties the new Legends of Tomorrow series together at its core. Each member has been personally recruited by Oliver Queen and Barry Allen, and while not all of them are the most heroically inclined, it seems as though this ragtag team is the only hope for the world's survival.
Furthermore, Legends of Tomorrow is a stand-out show within the universe as it will exist more as an anthology. Klemmer explained that the show "is meant to be standalone," a serialized anthology show along the lines of True Detective or American Horror Story. For anyone feeling a little lost, executive producer Mark Guggenheim elaborated:
The way we think of it is each arc, each season is its own separate movie. What we want to do is have each separate movie have its own identity. So almost to the point where each season was telling one big story that you could sort of subtitle, like the way you do subtitle 'American Horror Story', if that makes sense.
Depending on the success of the first "arc", this type of storytelling could mean that future shows might include different teams, villains, and overarching challenges for any number of characters within the DC TV Universe. The show existing as something of a revolving door for crossover has a ton of potential when it comes to giving supporting characters a spotlight, so with any luck, Legends of Tomorrow will develop the passionate fandom that Arrow and The Flash already enjoy so much.