The CW’s Berlanti-verse is returning this fall with a superhero series slated to air four nights a week. With Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and now Supergirl all airing on one network, the crossover possibilities are endless. As the new seasons draw closer, more details are dropping about each series, including casting news, plot details, and even new threats that the heroes may face.
After having a semi-successful freshman season ending with a finale full of cliffhangers and the defeat of Vandal Savage, Legends of Tomorrow is coming into season 2 of time tampering with an overarching plot involving the Justice Society of America in the 1940s. In the season 1 finale, the team had completed their original task and was about to head off on a brand new heroic mission when a visitor from another time, Rex Tyler, aka Hourman (Patrick J. Adams) a member of the JSA, showed up in a copy of their time ship with a serious warning.
With the announcement of the JSA having a prominent role in season 2 of LoT and the loss of team members in the finale, fans knew there would be plenty of casting news on the way. First, Nick Zano (90210, Melrose Place) will enter the series as the historian Dr. Nate Haywood, aka Citizen Steel, the grandson of Henry Heywood also known as Commander Steel.
The latest casting news confirms that Matthew MacCaull (iZombie) will in fact be taking on the role of Commander Steel, who first showed up in DC Comics in 1978 as a member of the Justice Society during the World War II era. The time-travel aspect of the show will most likely explain how grandfather Henry Haywood and grandson Nate Haywood appear to be the same age at the same time while both having their superpowers.
Introducing the JSA in to Legends of Tomorrow was quite an ambitious move. Hopefully, adding more DC character’s while exploring their own arcs will help retain a more invested audience. Matthew MacCaull will be joining fellow JSA members Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Citizen Steel (Nick Zano). It will be interesting to see how the show works in another group dynamic with the show’s already prominent one, without either team (or team members) getting short shrift when it comes to storylines. This is one scenario where having a 22-episode season might just end up being exactly what the series needs.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.