Comic book-based TV series can vary wildly in terms of quality and overall popularity (sorry, Constantine), but DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had the benefit of being spun off and out from The CW’s successful shows Arrow and The Flash. The time-jumping, paradox-inducing plotlines may have concluded in a season finale that provoked more head-scratching plotholes than many others of its ilk, but Legends of Tomorrow has proven compelling enough to gain a second season.
The big takeaway from the season finale is the set-up for the Justice Society of America, the classic DC superhero team which will operate in the 1940s and play a prominent role in Legends of Tomorrow‘s second season, eventually facing the supervillain all-star team the Legion of Doom. Legends of Tomorrow is also about to introduce a slew of new characters into its continuity, including Vixen, Citizen Steel, Obsidian and Stargirl.
Amidst all of this upheaval, new characters and a (presumably) morally upstanding superhero team, we still have our central Legends. We can predict how heroes like the Atom (Brandon Routh) or F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh) or the villains Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) but what about the White Canary? Sara Lance was resurrected from the dead and trained by Ra’s Al Ghul but has since fought mostly for the forces of good.
As actress Caity Lotz tells EW, her reaction to meeting the Justice Society is decidedly mixed:
“Sara’s never a fan of people who are too perfect and follow all the rules. But Sara also has that military side to her, with organization and executing missions. They’re pretty good at that, so there’s a little bit of her that’s like, ‘These people have got their sh– together.’ But it’s also probably a little annoying, because they got their sh– together and they know it.”
This insight into Sara’s well-documented hostility toward anything resembling authority may not be surprising, but Lotz’s comment here may accidentally shed light on some potential spots of conflict between the Legends and the Justice Society. White Canary and her time-travelling cohorts had to learn to work together, and became a team against all odds and logic. If the Justice Society already have “their sh- together” from the moment the two teams meet, the Legends may be able to see flaws in their design and make-up.
Also, the Justice Society may be set in their ways and methods, and thus closed to any input or advice from the likes of Rip Hunter or Sara Lance. Would a 1940s superhero team in this timeline be such goody-two-shoes that they’re almost begging for a Legion of Doom to rise up and slap them around? Probably a safe bet.
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.