The series premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is slated for late January 2016, but the promotional push for the show is already well underway. A spinoff from the hit shows Arrow and The Flash, this latest superhero offering will bring together supporting characters from both programs and will also feature Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), both of whom were just introduced on The Flash.
This week, both Arrow and The Flash continued to lay the groundwork for The CW’s newest show, establishing the background of not only Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but also the show’s first main villain, Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). After the latest poster reminded us that “their time is now,” we now have more information about what exactly that will look like.
The CW has released the third trailer (video above) for the upcoming series and Savage is front and center. The video starts out with Savage speaking, while cutting quickly to scenes of battles, chaos and devastation as he ominously states “We all know history isn’t written with pens, but bullets. War is God’s way of moving the human race forward.” This is juxtaposed with Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) gathering together the team of heroes and villains alike, offering them the chance to become legends.
Some of the footage has already been released in previous trailers — the “legends” speech in particular has already been used to great effect — but this video has a darker look than anything seen before. The focus on Savage, and the team engaged in numerous battles highlights the evils they are fighting against. There is a heavier emphasis on the characters’ emotional turmoil, as well as the fun of time travel.
We already got a small taste for what Legends will look like, as the Arrow/The Flash crossover episodes established some of the characters that will take center stage. While both shows had heroes in spades, they suffered from overstuffed plots, an uneven tone and the sometimes clunky juggling of the medley of superhero elements. Of course, by design, Legends will have to manage just as many lead characters, but this should translate easier as — unlike its predecessors — this is written into the show’s DNA. Hopefully the writers find the right balance, because from the look of the trailer, there is a lot of potential for good storytelling here.
The Flash season 2 fall finale, ‘Running to Stand Still’, airs on The CW next Tuesday, December 8th, followed by the Arrow season 4 fall finale, ‘Dark Waters’, on December 9th. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.
Source: The CW
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