It’s no secret that Legends of Tomorrow, while still fun because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, had some major plot problems in its debut season. But for the second season, Legends is moving full steam ahead in a different, more controlled direction. The series has put to rest the Time Masters and Vandal Savage and is bringing out their own Arrowverse version of the Legion of Doom.
Since villains can’t have all the fun, the Justice Society of America will be a major story arc and serves to add new faces to the Legends team. Even though the JSA will be prominent, the entire season does not take place with them in the 1940s. With the Time Masters out of the picture, Rip and his crew will take on a time cop role (fighting time pirates at other rapscallions), which is a stark change to what fans saw in the first season.
The pacing and dynamics of season 1 never quite came together the way The Flash or Arrow did as their first seasons progressed, and viewers weren’t the only folks to notice. During press interviews at San Diego Comic-Con, CBR reports that Legends executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Phil Klemmer acknowledged their push to create the series sacrificed substance for speed. Both producers go in depth about being more thoughtful in their approach to season 2, and Klemmer explained further:
“I guess the biggest lesson is, before you break a first episode, it’s really important that you take a step back and think about the ramifications of everything. Because we didn’t do a pilot, it was like stepping on a moving train, and we didn’t know where it was headed. We really took our hiatus this year and took the show apart, and rebuilt it piece by piece. We’re much more deliberate, just thinking about where is this going to take us.”
As Legends stuttered through its cumbersome first season, the lack of preparation became more and more apparent as many of the characters we were supposed to care about just sort of fell flat. Even cast members have promised a better second season, describing changes they’ve seen on set since filming began in early July. Thankfully, the powers-that-be are also putting great effort into taking the time to actually tell a story that brings fans along for the journey. Klemmer added:
“In season 2, we’re realizing we can take it slow, not showing all our cards, letting our story unfold incrementally and really indulging the mystery, and letting our villain or evil forces develop organically alongside our guys, and giving them more room to just be themselves.”
Individual personalities were one of the better elements of Legends of Tomorrow, and it’s going to make for an interesting dynamic when new meets old as these outsiders come face-to-face with the Justice Society of America. The Legends as we know them pale in comparison to the JSA of the 1940s. The interactions between these two eras of heroes is something Klemmer describes as “Millennial babies… next to Golden Age prototypical superheroes. It’s a generational culture clash.”
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.