While DC Comics’ shared movie-verse has been slow to take off, the television side of their media empire is booming. Already, DC and Warner Bros. have seen huge success with Arrow and The Flash on The CW, and they’re adding to that line-up with this fall’s Legends of Tomorrow – a team-up show bringing together heroes and villains from both CW programs.
With familiar faces and characters, Legends of Tomorrow is less of a risk for the network than say The Flash was when it premiered. And even though it isn’t entirely clear how Legends of Tomorrow will fit within the growing DC/CW universe, its first trailer definitely had fans excited for what the premise could offer. Plus, if the show does take a page from the Power Rangers playbook and gives its stunt performers plenty of screen time, Legends of Tomorrow could be television’s biggest superhero action series yet.
On screen it’ll be time traveler Rip Hunter who unites characters like The Atom, White Canary, and Firestorm, but behind the scenes it’ll fall to producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter to manage this cavalcade of heroes. Deadline reports that this producer team, knowing what a big job they have ahead of them, has tapped frequent Berlanti Productions collaborator, Phil Klemmer to serve as the head showrunner on Legends of Tomorrow.
Klemmer has previously worked for Berlanti on CBS’ Golden Boy and USA’s Political Animals, but most notably Klemmer wrote the pilot episode and served as an executive producer for another Berlanti-produced CW series – The Tomorrow People. That series followed a group of young people coming to understand their new psionic abilities, and though it was canceled after one season, its star Robbie Amell was able to secure himself the role of Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm in part because of his work on The Tomorrow People.
It’s likely a similar story for Klemmer, who obviously has a familiarity with running an ensemble series populated by young, attractive people with superpowers. As showrunner for Legends of Tomorrow, Klemmer will need to not only balance the action and storytelling, but also allow each each character their due time on screen. Klemmer has also previously worked on another show for The CW – Veronica Mars – and that implies he’s more than capable at finding success within The CW’s somewhat formulaic approach to their dramatic series.
Does that news that Legends of Tomorrow is bringing on yet another executive producer/showrunner inspire more confidence in the series? Do you fear Legends of Tomorrow might suffer from too many characters or is time for the DC/CW universe to have their team show? Drop us a line in the comments below!
Legends of Tomorrow will debut on The CW in early 2016.