Warner Bros has enjoyed great success in adapting its DC superhero properties to television in the form of Arrow and The Flash on The CW and Supergirl on CBS, but this Thursday will see the studio launching its most ambitious project yet: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – a new series (set in the same “CW continuity” as Arrow and Flash) which promises to bring multiple lesser-known comic book heroes together into an Avengers-style super team. The hotly-anticipated series is even being promoted with an hour-long special tied to new reveals from the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad movies.
Now, a new trailer for the series has debuted, offering audiences a fresh glimpse at the unique lineup of DC Comics icons who’ll both comprise and challenge the titular Legends.
Developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, Legends could be described as a fusion of Doctor Who and The Terminator with DC superheroes; as time-traveling hero Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) journeys through history from his own dystopian future on a mission to prevent the rise of immortal supervillain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
To accomplish this, Hunter recruits and trains a team of young superheroes including The Atom (Brandon Routh), Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Hawkman and Hawgirl (Falk Hentschel and Ciara Renée), Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), as well as Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). Other familiar DC characters, such as the Old West vigilante Jonah Hex, are set to appear as well, along with guest turns by the heroes of Arrow and The Flash; as several of the characters have been previously introduced on those heroes’ respective series.
Inspired in part by classic DC series like Challengers of The Unknown and Forgotten Heroes, Legends is being touted as an avenue to both grow the successful “Arrowverse” TV property for The CW and to test the potential of DC Comics’ substantial catalog of more obscure characters (the way Marvel Studios did with Guardians of The Galaxy). With more prominent properties like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman tied-up in movies for the foreseeable future, this strategy could prove essential for the growth of DC’s television presence; which recently suffered a setback as TNT cancelled its plans for a live-action series based on Teen Titans from writer/producer Akiva Goldsman.
While Arrow and The Flash have found success by putting a fresh modern-television spin on the familiar superhero setup of costumed crimefighters protecting embattled cities, Legends will hope to lure viewers into its more “out-there” science fiction-heavy world – through comparisons to popular team-up ventures like The Avengers and DC’s own upcoming Justice League. It could also catch attention for its diverse cast and socially-conscious storylines, such as one already-announced episode featuring White Canary romancing a woman during an adventure in the 1950s.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow debuts Thursday, January 21st, 2016 on The CW.
Source: The CW