Back when the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow trailer first dropped, it was revealed that the newfound team of heroes and villains – which includes Atom, Captain Cold, White Canary, Firestorm, Heat Wave, Hawkgirl, and time-traveler Rip Hunter – would join forces to prevent the immortal fiend Vandal Savage from taking over the world. It wasn’t announced which actor would step into Savage’s boosts, but plenty of other information has been released to help keep fans excited about the CW’s upcoming comic book show.
It’s since been confirmed that Hawkman is also heading to the show and that The CW’s third series in its DC TV universe will be built-up in the upcoming seasons of Arrow and The Flash. As those two shows have the task of exploring these main characters even further and planting seeds for what’s to come, it looks like Legends of Tomorrow’s big bad, Vandal Savage, will also appear in The Flash and Arrow before causing all kinds of trouble in Legends of Tomorrow.
Variety reports that Danish actor Casper Crump, pictured below, has landed the role of the 6,000 year-old villain. Vandal Savage has one simple goal: world domination. The bad guy has appeared in several animated projects (Justice League, Justice League: Doom, Young Justice), but this marks the first time Vandal Savage has received the spotlight in a live-action series. There was an individual inspired by Savage in Smallville (played by former Superman Dean Cain), but the enemy went by a different name. Fans will finally get to see Crump’s version of Savage in an upcoming crossover episode for The Flash and Arrow.
News of Crump’s comes shortly after reports that Falk Hentschel will become Hawkman on Legends of Tomorrow (after he too debuts in the aforementioned Arrow/Flash crossover episodes). It’s looking like the upcoming crossovers will be must-watch episodes for anyone even remotely interested in Legends of Tomorrow; not only is that an effective way to get fans pumped for the new series, but it can also get more casual fans interested in the forthcoming DC series.
Only time will tell how Crump’s performance will be as the iconic DC fiend, but the above photo certainly proves Crump looks the part. One thing is for sure: he needs to come off as both menacing, incredibly wise, and extremely cunning. Now it’s just a matter of seeing the villain’s costume design and hearing what kind of accent the villain will have. Either way, he absolutely looks like Vandal Savage already, so the announcement is off to a promising start.
Crump will also appear in 2016’s Tarzan live-action movie with Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgard, and Christoph Waltz.
The Flash season two begins Tuesday, October 6, at 8PM on The CW; Arrow season four begins Wednesday, October 7, at 8PM on The CW; and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut in early 2016 on The CW.