After months of lead up and cross-promotional events, DC's Legends of Tomorrow is finally premiering on The CW, a mid-season addition debuting as the other shows in the shared DC universe return from their winter hiatus. This comic book adaptation is the third installment in the genre network's run of superhero shows that began with Arrow in 2012 and continued with spinoff The Flash in 2014. While its predecessors follow the crime-fighting exploits of one central superhero - Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen/The Flash (Gustin Grant), respectively - Legends centers around an assortment of heroes and villains, many of whom have already been introduced to audiences through its sister shows.
This premiere is exciting not only because it looks like a madcap time travelling adventure, but because its launch means that Arrow and The Flash can finally stop dedicating so much time and plot to laying the groundwork for the spinoff, and start focusing on the fundamentals of their own shows again. Both have been strong in their 4th and 2nd season, but the Legends buildup has taken a creative toll on both.
Before The Flash premiered it was an anticipated show, but tinged with a "wait and see" attitude as viewers determined if Barry Allen's adventures could capture the same quality storytelling that made Arrow such a hit. Comparatively the build up and promotion leading to Legends of Tomorrow has been enormous, beginning in early 2015 and continuing nearly unabated. Now we are in the midst of the comic book adaptation boom dominating TV, and the executive producers in charge already have a proven track record for success. This spinoff was met with such excitement and enthusiasm that each development was publicized and met with fanfare - to the detriment of the other shows involved.
As each casting announcement was made they brought with them unavoidable spoilers, since the stars of Legends of Tomorrow are comprised of major players from both Arrow and The Flash. The plot twists that eventually accumulated in this unlikely team up would have been both shocking and fun, had there not been months of speculation leading up to the action, taking much of the thrill out of the story. We saw this most clearly with Caity Lotz signing on to the show, immediately sparking speculation of late Sara Lance's return and the eventual Lazurus Pit resurrection reveal. When this finally played out on Arrow, no one was surprised when Laurel dug up Sara's remains, and no one invested in her return since it was just a matter of time before she left the show (again). How much more shocking would this twist have been if viewers didn't already know her end destination?