We’re getting closer to the premiere date of superhero team-up series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the long-hyped spin-off of Arrow and The Flash. The December crossover episodes of The CW’s two popular comic book-based shows introduced us to two new heroes, Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), who will be regulars in the upcoming third series. That story also revealed the main villain of Legends of Tomorrow, the immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
The new show features Time Master Rip Hunter (Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill), who hopes to avoid a catastrophic future perpetrated by Savage. Traveling back 150 years before humanity’s destruction, Hunter assembles a team of disparate heroes and villains to travel through time and try to thwart Savage’s evil plans. They’ll need help along the way, and an upcoming episode features a Firefly alum as an unexpected partner in saving the world.
TVLine reports that Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee the mechanic on the cult fave sci-fi series, will guest star as Rachel Turner. A technical genius and expert in robotics, Turner lives in a future time when technology reigns even more supreme than it does now. When one of her noble creations falls into Savage’s hands, she’ll have to join the Legends of Tomorrow team to avert disaster.
After Firefly, Staite took on roles on several TV series, including Stargate: Atlantis, Wonderfalls, The L.A. Complex, and The Killing. She also guest-starred on popular genre shows like Warehouse 13 and Supernatural, and will appear in upcoming TV movie How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town. Her portrayal of Turner on Legends of Tomorrow comes up later in the premiere season, in episode 10.
Legends of Tomorrow will focus on several heroes and villains we know from The Flash and Arrow, including Ray Palmer/the Atom (Brandon Routh); Sara Lance/the White Canary (Caity Lotz); Firestorm, a.k.a. Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh); the criminal team of Captain Cold/Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave/Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), as well as the aforementioned Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Upcoming guest stars, along with Staite, include Matt Nable (as Ra’s al Ghul) and Neal McDonough (as Damien Darhk).
Showrunner Phil Klemmer has said that Legends of Tomorrow will have a lighter tone, similar to The Flash. He compares the band of misfits working together to Ocean’s 11, and describes the series as “a very sort of kooky, wisecracky show.” Staite has proven that she can fit in well on an irreverent sci-fi show with lots of entertaining banter. It will be interesting to see if her roboticist character Hunter will be a serious, nerdy type or if they’ll give her some quirkier qualities to match up well with Palmer’s dorky genius. Whatever the case, it’s always great to see a Firefly alum back on TV.
Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016 (following The Flash’s return on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and Arrow’s on Wednesday, January 20, 2016). Staite will appear in Episode 10 of the new series.