This summer’s Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour has produced a wealth of information about what to expect in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow. Confirmed to begin with only 13 episodes, the new plot summary for Legends promises a mysterious new threat and catastrophic consequences.
Bringing in a treasure trove of new faces thanks to the introduction of the Justice Society of America, Legends of Tomorrow is primed to expand its narrative and provide a far more cohesive follow-up season. As production rolls on, we’ve now seen a first look at Vixen, gotten news of Stargirl casting, and may have already seen a glimpse of the JSA’s headquarters.
As if bringing in the JSA wasn’t a big enough task, in an announcement made during the TCA press tour (h/t to CB), veteran sci-fi actor Lance Henriksen has been cast as Obsidian for the second season of Legends of Tomorrow. With a resume that spans six decades, well over 200 films, and boasts him as one of only two actors to have been killed (on screen) by an Alien, Predator, and a Terminator, Henriksen’s presence on Legends is sure to bring at least a few more fans into the series. While it may seem an odd casting choice, Dolph Lundgren, another blast from the action packed past, has been confirmed for a guest appearance on Arrow.
With rumors of Thorn heading to The Flash, could fans also get Alan Scott’s Green Lantern (since he and Thorn are Obsidian’s parents)? With the JSA focus centered around the 1940s era, news of Henriksen’s casting implies that he’ll be a figure the Legends encounter in a present or potentially future space/time. Of course, if Obsidian is introduced, does that mean Jade (his sister) won’t be too far behind? He and his sister founded Infinity, Inc., which was a group of people (including names fans are familiar with like Power Girl and Huntress) who had very close and often familial ties to the JSA.
Todd Rice/Obsidian has been both hero and villain in his tenure in the DC world. He has the distinct ability to manipulate shadows and dark energy, with his powers originating from another dimension known as the Shadowlands. However, series producers say there will be a “different take” on the character in the TV series. Considering Henriksen’s wealth of experience, he’s sure to bring some gravitas to the role of a character that makes it hard to know whether or not they’re good or evil.
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.