[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Legends of Tomorrow ahead.]
Season 1 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – The CW’s DC Comics-based TV series spinoff of Arrow and The Flash – followed the Legends team and their leader, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), on a time-travel adventure with the objective of defeating the villainous Vandal Savage… which, by the season’s end, they did. Season 2 instead pits the Legends against a team of supervillains that includes Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk (Arrow season 4’s big baddie) and The Flash’s arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, a.k.a. Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher). The Legends season 2 premiere episode, ‘Out of Time’, established that Damien Darhk and Reverse-Flash are in cahoots now too, though the series has yet to show them united with their fellow Legion of Doom members.
However, although ‘Out of Time’ didn’t feature said team of super-villains assembled together, it did (briefly) introduce another superhero team that’s going to figure into the proceedings for Legends of Tomorrow season 2. That would be the Justice Society of America, the organization that was first name-dropped in the Legends season 1 finale episode – and which isn’t all too impressed with the Legends at the conclusion of ‘Out of Time’; what with the Legends having just ignored their warning to not travel to the year 1942 (in an effort to stop Darhk and the Nazis from unleashing a
nuclear atomic bomb on New York City).
The CW has now released a promo – see above – for the next Legends of Tomorrow episode (appropriately titled ‘The Justice Society of America’), teasing more awkward interactions between the Legends and the JSA. For those who are unfamiliar, Legends‘ version of the JSA includes Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), Stargirl (Sarah Grey), Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull), and Dr. Mid-Nite (Kwesi Ameyaw). Legends of Tomorrow season 2 also features Lance Henriksen as the former JSA member and son of Green Lantern Alan Scott, Obsedian.
It appears as though, at first, the Legends and the Justice Society of America will have something of an oil-and-water relationship in Legends of Tomorrow season 2 – until the Legion of Doom emerges in full and the two superhero teams have to work together to stop them, anyway. Legends is easily the most broadly-comical and cheesy of The CW’s DC TV shows, with that tone (mostly) arising naturally from the oddball assortment of Arrow and The Flash characters that are the Legends themselves. Which is to say: it’s not surprising, nor out of character, for the show to play up the initial differences between the JSA and Legends (who, until further notice, are no longer being led by Rip Hunter) for comedic effect, as seems to be the case in the promo for next week’s episode.
Legends of Tomorrow is also known for its energetic fight sequences and set pieces – and the trailer for ‘The Justice Society of America’ suggests the episode will deliver both of those in spades. Taken as a whole, this all suggests the series will be refining its approach by doubling-down on its most widely-praised season 1 elements (comedic banter, slick action scenes) with its next collection of episodes. Assuming you’re a fan of the show, that’s pretty much exactly what you would want it to do here, right?
Legends of Tomorrow continues Thursday, October 20 with ‘The Justice Society of America’ at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW