While Marvel is slaying box office numbers, DC has been steadily taking over the airwaves. With three shows already on the air - Arrow and The Flash on CW and Gotham on FOX, and one more set to premiere this month - Supergirl on CBS - Warner Bros. Television has been making diverse inroads into the minds of audiences with successful show after successful show. With so much critical and audience acclaim for DC's extended universe on television, the only true option is to produce more shows.
Legends of Tomorrow, the upcoming mini-series event spun off from Arrow and The Flash, stars Arrowverse regulars Victor Garber (Argo) as Dr. Martin Stein a.k.a. one half of the hero Firestorm, Caity Lotz (Mad Men) as Sara Lance a.k.a. The Canary, Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) as Mick Rory a.k.a. Heat Wave, Wentworth Miller (The Loft) as Leonard Snart a.k.a. Captain Cold, and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Ray Palmer a.k.a. The Atom. Joining the crew are Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as Rip Hunter, relative newcomer Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl, and Casper Crump (next year’s Tarzan) as the villainous Vandal Savage.
Now DCTV has released a new video featuring interviews with the cast and crew that gives a bit of insight into the direction Legends of Tomorrow is set to take. While none of the show footage was any different from the six-minute preview that was released earlier this year, the video does give us hints about what to expect when the series makes its debut.
While Captain Cold has been portrayed as an antagonist in his appearances on the show, he has at times crossed into anti-hero territory and has shown willingness to cooperate with the good guys - when it suits his agenda. Nonetheless, Miller promises that viewers can count on some internal strife to fuel much of the drama and action as the series unfolds. This is particularly interesting because, some internal squabbling aside, most of the Arrowverse shows portray more or less functional crime fighting teams.
The series will be heavy on time travel, which could make for some interesting twists as Legends of Tomorrow develops. This concept seems to play right into the themes set up at the end of The Flash’s first season, and there can be no doubt that any effects on the time stream will ripple into its parent series (and vice versa). We know, for example, that Sara Lance will be resurrected early in the coming season of Arrow (with a little help from John Constantine) and that Barry Allen and co. will be dealing with some time travel shenanigans of their own as the second season gets underway. However, it’ll be interesting to see how the team dynamics of Legends of Tomorrow play out as they jump from time period to time period. With so many villains on their roster, it’s easy to envision some temptations to alter history or profit from future knowledge.
Even with all this at hand, what could be most interesting is seeing how Hawkgirl develops as a character. Though we caught a glimpse of her as Season 1 of The Flash came to a close, she won’t get a chance to truly spread her wings (as it were) until Legends of Tomorrow debuts. Taking an unknown character and throwing them in the middle of characters we’re all familiar with has its risks, of course, but the team behind Legends of Tomorrow have given us no reason to suspect they’ll be anything but reverent to Hawkgirl and her history.
Legends of Tomorrow is looking to be one of the biggest moves for DC in a year that’s packed with big moves. Next year, of course, sees two additions to DC’s movie universe with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While both of those movies stand a good chance of loosening Marvel’s grip on the box office, DC’s grip on network television remains firmly in place.
Fortunately for fans who are eager for more Legends of Tomorrow updates, executive producer Marc Guggenheim today revealed that the second episode of the series has begun filming, and Lotz added that they are kicking things off with "a massive fight scene." That sounds promising.
There's no firm premiere date for Legends of Tomorrow, though the series is expected in early 2016. Season 2 of The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 6 and Season 4 of Arrow premieres Wednesday October 7.