We are only two months away from the addition of a third series to the "Flarrowverse," as [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) joins the DC comics series on The CW this January.
The show sounds like it's got everything a nerd could ask for: a team of heroes (and villains!), an ultimate bad guy, danger, adventure... and time travel! Bringing together characters from Arrow and The Flash, the show will introduce a few new faces to the team as they battle against Vandal Savage to save the world.
We got our first look in this teaser back in May, as Arrow's Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) introduced us to our legends, and gave fans a sneak peek at what to expect.
This first trailer showed us Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), Atom (Brandon Routh), and Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh) being gathered together by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill)... and although it was full of incredible things to come (Hawgirl's wings! Atom shrinking!) there were still a few things missing...
This new trailer packs a whole lot into just under three minutes, and if it's a taste of things to come with the show, then Legends of Tomorrow could easily top Arrow and The Flash for comic book fans.
Let's Break It Down: Backstory
It's 2166, and London is burning. This is our introduction to Rip Hunter (it's where/when he is from), and to his reasons for bringing the team together in the first place. We see the city in flames, people running through the rubble, soldiers shooting wildly, and then our first ever glimpse of Casper Crump as super villain Vandal Savage.
First, we see him as a hooded figure with a staff, and then as a suited modern man lovingly caressing a missile. As we hear that he is a "dictator blessed with immortality," the shot returns to him in his robe, in front of a table of Egyptian artifacts. The message is clear: he has lived since the time of the ancient Egyptians. There is some suggestion, especially from the statue of Horus on his table, that he may be linked to whatever gave Hawkgirl and Hawkman their immortality. Could this also be connected to the item that Constantine took from Lian Yu in his recent appearance on Arrow? Is Vandal Savage the one who cursed the two Hawks with immortality in the first place?
That's Not The TARDIS
Once we've been introduced to Mr. Savage, we get a look at Rip Hunter and his rag-tag band of heroes-to-be... and his time machine. Looking more like a Firefly than a TARDIS, it's a classic ship shape, and comes with a handy dandy invisibility cloak.
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
As Rip talks, he makes it clear that the team has one purpose; to stop Vandal Savage. However, it seems that this is going to take a lot of time travel, as Savage himself has lived through centuries. The immediate question, of course, is why not simply go back to Savage's birth and slaughter him as a baby? The trailer addresses this, as Rip Hunter furiously reminds the team that they can't alter the timeline - presumably, in the grand tradition of time travel shows - there will be some explanation for why the team can change some things and not others.
Time for a run-down on the team members; but because we already know them, this gives us a little something special. We get to see Atom in control of his new powers/suit, shrinking and growing at will. Sara (who is currently with Ray in Star City) is sparring with her sister Laurel, who tells her to go be a hero - clearly their relationship is going to have a lot to do with Sara and her new name. Firestorm has a telling line here, where he claims "I don't just burn, pal." What other tricks does Firestorm have up his sleeve?
It also seems like there may be some confusion about how two hardened criminals got onto this team of heroes; Ray is expressing doubt, while Leonard is expressing his feelings a little more... forcefully. They're not the only two with some unresolved issues, either. Kendra and Hawkman are clearly not getting along too well, despite their long history as lovers. Could this have something to do with Kendra's feelings for Cisco?
Finally, we get a look at what we can assume to be their first mission, in 1975. As well as a great excuse for the costume department to have some fun, it seems like this is going to be the one to set up the rules for time travel... and maybe even introduce another super-powered person.
This shot of a nuclear reactor with a Soviet emblem on it points toward the origin of Valentina Vostok, a.k.a. Negative Woman. Could this moment in the '70s be when she appears in the show for the first time?
Death in the First Season?
As the clips speed up, showing scenes of devastation and battle, there is one shot of some of the team kneeling beside two graves. Only five members are present out of the total nine members (including Rip Hunter and both halves of Firestorm), and it's difficult to make out exactly who survives.
The trailer flashes past shots of Hunter's awesome glowing pistol, some epic looking fight scenes, hints that the team struggle not to change their own histories, and a glimpse of a mystery man, but none of those are as gasp-worthy as that one line.
This is obviously a reference to Superman and Batman. There is simply no way around that - which means that the shows could be building up to an eventual shot at these two huge heroes on the small screen! It's not the first time that we've seen Easter eggs for the two iconic characters - Wayne Enterprises has been mentioned in the past - but it's definitely the first time that they have been front and center.
Then of course, there is the Maximilian Emerald that Captain Cold is eyeing up. Actual emerald, or Kryptonite? It really does look like Supes and Batman are inching ever closer to the Flarrowverse...
Like any good trailer, this one asks as many questions as it answers. Who is the man in the mask? Who could be the two beneath the graves? Will we actually see Batman and Superman? Why does Martin Stein's wedding ring disappear? Why is Oliver Queen showing up?
All of these will undoubtedly be answered as the show progresses, and this trailer is sure to have attracted many more fans to the upcoming show.
Legends of Tomorrow comes to the CW January 21st, 2016