While the two other DC superhero shows produced by the network — Arrow and The Flash — deal very firmly in the world of established heroes and their valiant acts, Legends of Tomorrow will bring together a much more eclectic group of morally ambiguous characters.
A new promo released by The CW seemingly addresses the question of whether or not one can become a hero in the face of dire circumstances. The Legends of Tomorrow video – comprised of previously-released footage – places emphasis on the fact that most of these character’s really don’t consider themselves heroes. It showcases the variety in their mentalities as they become conscripted for this cause — some accept their lot in life, others doubt their worthiness, while others still hold out hope that they can change their fate.
Overall the promo seems to strike at the very thematic core of Legends of Tomorrow. This rag tag group of misfits brought together by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) all possess tragic backstories in some form, and have lives marred by mistakes. Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) says it best when he mentions that “hero ain’t on [his] resume.” What the show will ultimately do is take these damaged characters and offer them a chance at redemption as well as a shot at becoming bona fide legends for a righteous cause.
It’s a smart theme to use on the part of The CW because it’s something that has not really been done within their Arrow-verse yet. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) may have a dark and gloomy past, but his intentions to right his father’s wrongs — and subsequently bring justice to his city — have always been noble. On a similar note, The Flash‘s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has been a force for good and justice even before his solo series premiered.
Legends sets itself apart because it compiles a group of genuinely lost souls onto a team and offers them a shot at a fate many of them don’t even believe they deserve. All of this lends to the idea that the central ensemble of Legends of Tomorrow has almost as much in common with, say, DC’s Suicide Squad as they do with the Justice League.
The Flash will return on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, while Arrow will return on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will see its series premiere on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Source: The CW
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