DC Comics fans got more than they bargained for with The Flash, since the show's first season brought more than a few crossovers with The CW's other superhero series, Arrow. But even more surprisingly, the show's first season didn't just introduce Barry Allen's superspeed alter ego, but an entirely different hero by the name of Firestorm. A hero not played by one actor, but two.
Given the character's impressive introduction, it was less than shocking to hear he would be joining the cast of The CW's next DC spinoff, DC's Legends of Tomorrow. But with only one actor - Victor Garber - confirmed to appear in the show, fans have been wondering what that meant for his other half (and the nature of the hero going forward). Garber has shed some light on the situation, while fueling speculation over Ronnie Raymond's future.
It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for both Garber and Robbie Amell - the actors behind Professor Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond, respectively. With their time on The Flash establishing that neither one could harness their collective powers without the other, the fact that Amell has yet to be announced for Legends of Tomorrow was less than a mystery. The obvious answer: the character would go on, but Amell wouldn't be a part of it.
Fans can still hold out hope that there's more to the situation than that, but Garber provided some explanation to THR , confirming that the next time viewers see Stein and Ramond will be on the series that first introduced them:
"Robbie and I will be joined on the first episode of the (next) season of The Flash, and then we'll see what happens."
Presumably, Garber confirms that the season finale of The Flash won't result in a universe-ending disaster (phew!). And with a scene in which Professor Stein and Ronnie merge to form Firestorm in the season 2 premiere revealed, one could assume that they won't be un-merging for the foreseeable future. The writers did a clever job of explaining the mythology behind the 'Firestorm Matrix' already, while leaving the door open for some unpredictable consequences. In this case, the pair's bonding into a single form being more complicated than first assumed.
The bad news for fans is that it means Robbie Amell's presence in The CW universe may be over, since the footage shown of Legends of Tomorrow seems to feature Stein as the one flying and wielding fire in combat. The good news is that Amell's absence could be down to something as simple as scheduling. Garber has confirmed that Amell would "be around" in the new spinoff, which could mean his return is a major plot point not wished to be spoiled, or perhaps he'll be supplying the voice inside Stein's head - a reversal of the usual dynamic.
Garber went on to explain that although Legends is debuting in January of 2016, the show isn't intended to be a stop-gap while The Flash and Arrow go on break - adding his relief that his superpowered alter ego is the product of special effects, not hours spent in the makeup chair or wardrobe:
"They aren't going to introduce a limited series. This isn't HBO. They want the Full Monty... We're all these characters put together and we will see how we all function and try to do something together.
"That's the best part. I just talked to [NBC's Blindspot's heavily-tattooed lead character] Jaimie Alexander. She's gorgeous, but she has to sit for seven hours to do the makeup. That's my worst nightmare... Nobody wants to see that, especially me."
What do you Flash fans think of Garber's comments? Are you convinced that all involved are keeping Ronnie Raymond's fate a secret (considering what lies in Caitlin Snow's future), or are you fully behind Garber getting a bigger share of the spotlight? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
Legends of Tomorrow will air on The CW beginning in January 2016.