The CW launched their DC Comics shared universe with the premiere of Arrow, and featured The Flash's Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) on the series before the speedster moved to his own show. Then, to further help launch The Flash, The CW featured a crossover event with Arrow in the first half of last season. Since the event received praise from fans, the pair of shows will feature another crossover event spanning both shows. This year, though, the Arrow and The Flash crossover will help to introduce the third DC Comics series set in The CW's shared universe: Legends of Tomorrow.
The episodes, "Legends of Today" and "Legends of Yesterday" will feature new heroes that will go on to star in Legends of Tomorrow. Additionally, Legends villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) will also be introduced to The CW's universe in the crossover event. Now, for those wondering when Legends of Tomorrow will officially debut, it seems a Warner Bros. TV exec has revealed the premiere date.
During a conversation at the Paley Center, Warner Bros. TV President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth joined CW DC universe producer Greg Berlanti to talk about their year in TV. Roth praised Berlanti for his work on Supergirl and Blindspot, which landed the top spots in terms of highest-rated new series this fall. He went on to speak about Legends of Tomorrow, which he expects will premiere Thursday, January 21st, 2016.
Read Roth's full quote:
"Greg [Berlanti] is currently shepherding the numbers one and two highest rated new series of the year. With a third series, Legends of Tomorrow, [that] we have very high hopes for on January 21st."
The large cast of Legends of Tomorrow will feature a mixture of characters established on Arrow and The Flash, as well as some that have yet to be introduced. Brandon Routh stars as Ray Palmer/The Atom, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Fraz Drameh as Jay Jackson/Firestorm, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall/Hawkman, and Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter.
Although The CW has yet to officially announce its winter premiere slate and spring schedule, Roth is as fairly reliable source and unless plans change, it seems Legends of Tomorrow will arrive on January 21st. If it stays in the Thursday slot, The CW's DC TV universe will run three consecutive nights every week (with The Flash on Tuesdays and Arrow on Wednesdays). Additionally, if Supergirl on CBS and Gotham on FOX are included, that's four nights a week featuring DC Comics superheroes on broadcast networks.
Of course, one of the major conversations surrounding superhero media, especially in terms of film, is whether or not audiences are beginning to experience comic book fatigue. The Legends of Tomorrow scheduling, in addition to the number of other comic book-based series either in the works or arriving on TV, adds to the growing number of superhero series on television. That doesn't necessarily mean comic book fatigue is inevitable, but Legends of Tomorrow may need to, at least, differentiate itself enough from Arrow and The Flash to fully earn its spot in The CW's DC lineup.
The Flash continues Tuesday, December 1st with “Legends of Today” at 8pm on The CW. Arrow continues Wednesday, December 2nd with “Legends of Yesterday” at 8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to premiere Thursday, January 21st, 2016 on The CW.
Source: Peter Roth