Joining Arrow and The Flash next season will be DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, only the latest television series featuring DC Comics’ characters to air on The CW. Legends will be unique among the DC/CW offerings for a number of reasons, but especially for its focus on an ensemble of heroes and villains rather than a sole starring character.
The first trailer for Legends of Tomorrow introduced audiences to the series’ time-traveling team, comprised of characters who first appeared on either Arrow or Flash (he Atom, Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heat Wave) but also newcomers to the ever-expanding DC/CW universe (Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter). It isn’t entirely clear how this mix of heroes and villains comes together, but Hunter’s insistence that the fate of the future is at stake implies it’s a threat unlike anything the DC/CW universe has faced so far.
Much like how Agent Carter filled the midseason hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, many expected Legends of Tomorrow would serve a similar purpose on The CW. Both Arrow and The Flash typically break for several weeks during December and January, which leaves an opening for another superhero show to fill that void during the winter months. But when The CW began announcing the premiere dates for their fall 2015 season, Legends of Tomorrow was nowhere to seen. And while technically a midseason premiere doesn’t qualify as part of a network’s fall lineup, it was a little surprising for there to be absolutely no mention of Legends.
The following day, a new Twitter account created for the Legends of Tomorrow writers room (there are similar accounts for both Arrow and The Flash‘s writers rooms) sent this tweet, seemingly confirming that Legends has been delayed until spring 2016:
Hello World! Who else is super excited about Legends of Tomorrow, premiering Spring 2016 on the CW? http://t.co/NqpbJ9Th8x— LoT Writers Room (@LoTWritersRoom) June 25, 2015
Most shows return from their midseason hiatus in March or April, and spring 2016 premiere is roughly in that range. And were Legends to begin airing around that time, The CW will have a very busy schedule just brimming with superheroes.
There hasn’t been an official announcement for Legends of Tomorrow‘s premiere date, but if the intention was for the show to fill that midseason slot, that may no longer be the plan. If the series premiere was indeed pushed back from winter to spring, it suggests the show may have come upon some unforeseen issues during production. These could be effects related given that Legends will feature a wide array of powers for its characters to wield, including The Atom’s shrinking ability which was only glimpsed briefly during the trailer.
Do you think The CW chose to delay Legends of Tomorrow‘s premiere or was it always their intention to go into spring with a full slate of superhero shows? What could have been the reason for the push back? Sound off in the comments below!
Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.