Both Arrow and The Flash return with new seasons in only two weeks, but we still have a few months before the debut of The CW’s newest addition to their DC Comics programming slate — Legends of Tomorrow. Expected to premiere in the spring, Legends will feature a team of DC television heroes and villains working together against an enemy more powerful than anyone they’ve encountered before — Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
The Legends team includes The Atom/Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), White Canary/Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Professor Martin Stein/Firestorm (Victor Garber), Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). They’ll be assembled by newcomer and time traveler, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), and joined by another pair of new-to-DC TV heroes, Hawkman and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee & Falk Hentschel).
Before appearing on Legends, however, Hawkman a.k.a Carter Hall will first crop up during this year’s Arrow/Flash crossover, likely in some way connected to Palmer, seeing as in the comics the two characters are old friends. But Hall won’t be the only Legends character who’ll appear: Dr. Aldus Boardman, a new character played by Peter Francis James, will first appear alongside Hall during the episode, before also continuing on to Legends of Tomorrow (via ComicBook.com).
Dr. Boardman doesn’t seem to originate from the comics and therefore was likely created just for the show. Described as a Classics professor from St. Roch University, Boardman is said to have spent his career researching the history of Hawkman and Hawkgirl and how it connects with the immortal, Vandal Savage. Because of this, he’s apparently our heroes (and villains) only hope of finding Savage.
With the concepts of resurrection and immortality having already been introduced in the DC/CW universe, it only makes sense for Legends of Tomorrow to build on those ideas. And no DC characters better represents those concepts than Hawkman and Hawkgirl, better known as doomed lovers Prince Khufu and Chayara — cursed to meet, fall in love and die, only to be reincarnated to act out the tragedy all over again, for eternity.
The catch is that Prince Khufu, or rather Carter Hall, retains all the memories of his past lives, while Chayara, or Kendra Saunders as she’s now known, begins anew with each reincarnation. It isn’t clear exactly how Boardman’s research into Hall and Saunders’ strange and tragic condition will connect with the search for Savage, but surely he’s learned something useful. After all, with Hall retaining some 5,000 years of memories, he must at least be somewhat knowledgeable of the fearsome immortal.
There’s no firm premiere date for Legends of Tomorrow, though the series is expected in early 2016. Season 2 of The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 6 and Season 4 of Arrow premieres Wednesday October 7.