DC's Legends of Tomorrow has now debuted on The CW, to generally positive reviews. Bringing together heroes and villains from both Arrow and The Flash, the series is set to be a game changer for DC’s television universe - as the show's unlikely squad rips back and forth across time, altering the course of history in ways that threaten to ripple throughout both of its parent shows.
Led by the mysterious Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darville, Doctor Who), superheroes The Atom (Brandon Routh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), and Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh) find themselves teaming up with Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and his partner Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) to face off against the villainous Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) in a battle that spans history. While the series has only just begun, a new casting announcement and character description has been released that sheds light on what might be coming in future episodes.
IGN has confirmed the casting of Martin Donovan (Ant-Man) as Rip Hunter’s Time Master Academy mentor, Druce. The character is set to make his debut in Legends of Tomorrow’s fourth episode, titled “White Knights”. So far, Donovan has only been confirmed for one episode, but there is a possibility the character will be recurring.
According to reports, Druce is a respected Time Master who looks upon his former mentee as his own son. Despite being well known for his ability to mediate disturbances in the timeline, Druce will supposedly be imploring Hunter and his team to give up their pursuit of Savage, pitting the two against each other and possibly leading to deadly confrontation.
Donovan is of course no stranger to playing a comic book villain, having played Hydra mole Mitchell Carson in last year’s Ant-Man. DC is, of course, an entirely different beast from Marvel, but at the very least we know that he should be bringing the right amount of intensity to the role. How it will all play out, however, is still up in the air.
The immortal Savage has minions that span all of time, and it makes sense that he would find followers within the Time Masters to help his plans for total domination. Of course, Druce might not be a minion so much as he sees the fight against Savage as a futile endeavor. This seems unlikely given reports that Druce and Hunter’s confrontation could turn deadly, but anything is possible in this universe and we won’t know for sure what his loyalties truly are until “White Knights” hits the airwaves.
Comic book readers will note that Druce is a departure from traditional lore. There, Hunter’s mentor is fan favorite Booster Gold—who also happens to be Rip Hunter’s father as a young man thanks to time travel logic. The change is eyebrow raising. While it’s possible that ignoring Booster Gold and the father/son dynamic was easier on the narrative, some have wondered if his exclusion might be indicative of plans for the character elsewhere in the DCEU or DCTV. That does fit with DC’s MO, given that plans for Harley Quinn in Arrow were thrown out due to her appearance in Suicide Squad.
For now though, it seems that DC and The CW are keen to keep their secrets as secret as possible, and little else is known about Druce’s upcoming appearance. There’ll no doubt be more clues in the coming weeks, and we’ll keep you posted on any and all developments.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday nights at 8pm, following The Flash on Tuesdays and Arrow on Wednesdays in the same timeslot.