The CW expands its successful, fan-approved shared television universe with its Arrow and The Flash spinoff DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which premieres in less than a week on Thursday, January 21. The cast includes a mix of new and familiar faces, as time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) tries to forge a team out of a group of heroes and villains to go up against the immortal villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) and stop his atrocities across various timelines.
The show's premiere episode synopsis promises the return of these characters from Arrow and The Flash (some of whom were previously dead): Ray Palmer/the Atom (Brandon Routh); Sara Lance/the White Canary (Caity Lotz); Firestorm, a.k.a. Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh); the criminal team of Captain Cold/Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave/Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell); Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman/Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel).
As much as we think we know about Legends of Tomorrow by now, we still have a slew of questions. Some of them surround the character played by Firefly's Jewel Staite, who will appear later in the season as a robotics expert and technical genius. During an interview with KsiteTV (via CBM) during the recent TCA press tour, showrunner Phil Klemmer touched on many of the show's unknowns, including Staite's character.
According to Klemmer, Staite's character may be more important than we thought. The showrunner said:
"She’s related to one of our heroes. We will find that she’s not a person off the street. We are going into the most distant future that we will be visiting, and we will find that she is the biological result of something that one of our characters either directly or indirectly did before their recruitment in the pilot, in 2016. As we know, when we pull our characters out of the timeline, they cease to have an effect on the future, but this will be a sort of Ghost of Christmas Future where somebody will realize that something that they did before they left had a butterfly effect on the future that will effectively — they will have aided and abetted Vandal Savage’s rise to power."
When asked if the Arrow/Flash crossover event from November wherein Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) seemed to be involved in Vandal Savage's most recent resurrection, Klemmer replied:
"I think before this season is over, we would very much like to go back to that moment. If not that exact moment… we spend a lot of times jumping around in the past and future, and before the battle is over, we would like our Legends to get back to their own time."
Klemmer also hinted that the confirmation of Jonah Hex's appearance means some other venerable DC characters might appear, such as Sandman and Sgt. Rock. When it comes to just how far in the future the show will go, Klemmer stated, "We start at 2166 as our “Second Blitz of London.” That will be the point which we will never pass in Season One."
With that fixed point in mind, Klemmer hinted at visiting some of our established heroes in the past -- such as a pre-Flash Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and discussed a potential reunion between Sara (Caity Lotz) and Nyssa (Katrina Law), saying "Geographically, they’ll come close; but temporally, there will be something in the way of that."
Klemmer's reveal about Jewel Staite's character leads us at first to think she'll actually be Vandal Savage's daughter Scandal Savage, but that's a bit too obvious. The more we learn about Legends of Tomorrow, the more questions we seem to have. While the show's tone will apparently be on the lighter side, the driving force will be to stop the megalomaniacal Savage. If Staite is descended from the one of the "heroes" (which could also refer to one of the villains in this context), someone may have to face an impossible moral choice somewhere down the line. Time-travel science fiction frequently explores this kind of thing, so it will be interesting to see how it is handled on the CW.
Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016 (following The Flash’s return on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and Arrow’s on Wednesday, January 20, 2016).
Source: Ksite TV