There can be no question that The CW has a firm grip on DC TV shows. Between Arrow and The Flash, the once fledgling network has catapulted itself to the forefront of the live-action comic book television realm in recent years. The most recent success of Legends of Tomorrow served only to solidify the network’s hold on DC TV, and opens the doors to many possibilities as the Arrow-verse progresses.
The Arthur Darville (Doctor Who) led series came together in a big way as its inaugural season progressed, quickly becoming more than just a mere spinoff of its two parent series. The show held its own nicely, carving out a unique space for itself in the context of its forebears while staying true to the myths and mystique that drew fans to the TV universe in the first place. However, the death of Casper Crump’s (The Legend of Tarzan) Vandal Savage has left many wondering where the series will go from here. While we’re far from receiving any specifics about the plot for season two, one new rumor may offer some clues about the direction the series will take.
TV Line’s Michael Ausiello offered the scoop in his latest column, which suggests that the Legends team will encounter at least one historical figure in their journey next season in the form of physicist Albert Einstein.
“Look for the Legends crew to cross paths with a circa-1942 Albert Einstein in season 2, but they’re disillusioned to discover that the legendary scientist is a snarky, brusque skirt-chaser. Needless to say, he proves to be quite a handful when they attempt to save his life."
This would mark a departure for Legends of Tomorrow, who spent most of the first season dealing with fictional characters from the past. Interfering with a historical figure would have the potential to have some serious consequences for the time line, making for some interesting potential storylines for the crew in the wake of Savage’s demise.
It makes sense that any time traveling villain would want to disrupt the flow of time, especially in the case of Einstein, whose theory of relativity was a remarkable scientific leap forward that opened the door for much of the scientific and technological leaps of the last century. Relativity, in fact, leaves the door open for time travel—at least as a theoretical possibility—in the real world, so his inclusion in the series should be fun a nod to one of the greatest thinkers of the last hundred years.
The idea that he would be a crass womanizer also has the potential to explore some of the pitfalls of meeting your hero, especially as it pertains to both Brandon Routh’s (Superman Returns) Ray Palmer and Victor Garber’s (Sicario) Dr. Stein, both of whom no doubt idolize Einstein given their scientific pursuits.
The question that now remains is whether the inclusion of Einstein will be a gateway to the inclusion of more famous figures from history. It would certainly be an interesting direction for the series to move in, and would allow for some hilarious and/or poignant narrative beats that could differentiate season two from the first season.
That would of course be familiar territory for Darville, who rode around through time on BBC’s Doctor Who for three years, and would be an interesting nod to his former series. If that’s the route they take, hopefully they stick to what The CW's collection of DC TV series does best and offer the Legends a fitting antagonist to spur their journey along the way.
Given the time traveling nature of the series, it would certainly be easy to blend fact and fiction, adding depth to the Arrow-verse in creative ways. We’re still a few months away from the return of Legends of Tomorrow, however, and more information is bound to arise soon. We’ll keep you posted on any and all news as it develops.
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, Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th, and Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 17th.
Source: TV Line