While DC understandably continues to play catch up when compared to the progress Marvel Studios has made since Iron Man hit theaters back in 2008, one has to respect their willingness to deviate from the path well-traveled. While Marvel has developed a singular, cohesive cinematic universe where everything matters, Warner Bros. and DC have created sovereign, insular worlds on the silver and small screens that have much less connection to one another. However, just because these properties don’t share the same plane of existence doesn’t mean that they can’t help each other out from time to time.
A new promo for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has just hit the web, teasing the half-hour special DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now that will air a couple days before the series debuts on The CW. The clip (see above) also teases the arrival of fresh marketing material for DC’s upcoming live-action films too, including Suicide Squad.
The promo itself thematically echoes much of what has already been said during the Legends of Tomorrow marketing campaign. Sometimes a single hero simply can’t save the day, and it’s up to this ensemble of “legends” to traverse the landscape of time and protect the future — all while changing their own respective fates. Following the Legends related content, the promo plays up the idea that the premiere of Legends represents “the first superhero mashup on TV.”
However, it’s the end of the Legends of Tomorrow promo that will arguably have fans most titillated. Following the Their Time Is Now special, The CW will air a different half-hour special for the upcoming live-action DC films, titled DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League – a special that will include a brand-new Suicide Squad trailer, among other things. The Legends promo itself contains no such new Suicide Squad footage, instead offering familiar glimpses of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Joker (Jared Leto) in the movie.
Like Legends of Tomorrow, Suicide Squad is one of those properties that could have a big impact on the future of DC Entertainment. While the solo hero adventures and eventual team-up films mirror the model set by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legends and Suicide Squad represent something decidedly different, which will in turn allow WB/DC to set themselves apart from the competition. Both properties seemingly rely on a group of unlikely heroes and misfits brought together to save the world in the face of impending doom, so lumping them together will undoubtedly draw in similar audiences.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
The Flash will return on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, while Arrow will return on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and Legends of Tomorrow will see its series premiere on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Source: The CW