Last fall, The CW officially created their version of a shared universe with the premiere of Arrow spinoff series The Flash. Regardless of your feelings on this recent trend, there's no denying its success, both with Marvel movies and CW/DC TV shows. Both Flash and Arrow benefited greatly from their crossover episodes, which doubtlessly set a precedent for future seasons.
Aiming to expand that universe even further, The CW announced a third series set to air in Spring 2016: DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The show will follow established heroes and villains from Flash and Arrow, including Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer, Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold, and Caity Lotz' Canary, as they travel through time to stop a new threat to the universe. The first trailer introduced fans to the team,which includes newcomers Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), but since then information on the series has been sparse.
Until now, that is. EW has released new concept art from the series, featuring what appears to be the battle shown in the trailer. It's a busy image with a lot of flashy powers and explosions, indicating the new series will likely have the largest action sequences of CW's DC Universe to date. Most importantly, it shows Firestorm front and center in the middle of the action.
Check out the concept art below:
So far, Firestorm's role in the new series is has been clear. Though Martin Stein (Victor Garber) was confirmed to appear, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) was not. Fans will recall that Stein is a voice in Firestorm's head and Raymond controls the character's body. Both Victor Garber and Robbie Amell, the actors who jointly portray Firestorm, hinted at the character's involvement, but it was never confirmed if Amell would appear. While Amell still hasn't been officially confirmed, the central focus on Firestorm in the concept art would seem to indicate that the actor will be involved.
Showrunner Phil Klemmer spoke with EW, explaining the team dynamic and how their journey through time affects them.
"They're screw-ups. Instead of tiptoeing through history, they're plodding through it, leaving their footprints and fingerprints and constantly having to wonder whether they're going to screw up the future rather than fix it... It's going to be total madness."
That madness is immediately evident in the concept art. Whether or not their intentions are good, the team are destroying people and property alike. It's going to have a lasting effect on the timeline, as Klemmer goes on to explain.
"Who can resist the urge to correct the past or investigate the future? The idea of traveling through time has a caper quality to it, and that's what we're looking forward to. Yes, there will be the big 'try to stop Vandal Savage,' but people will inevitably become diverted on their little side missions and when people are trying to fix their own timeline, that's when you really start screwing things up."
From these details, it sounds like Legends of Tomorrow will be CW's most ambitious superhero offering to date. The overall concept gives the creators room to play with ideas that wouldn't fit in with the other series in the universe. The idea that events in this series could drastically shift the existing universe gives the series more weight, making it feel important to the canon rather than just a one-off miniseries. Assuming that the series is successful, there's no telling what future team-ups we could see coming to The CW.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow will premiere in Spring 2016.