Vandal Savage has been vanquished, Kendra and Carter are free to live their lives without his shadow, and now Legends of Tomorrow can kick off a second season with a clean slate. It was a bold move when the series ended its first season by cutting members of the team, but producers felt those story lines had come to a full stop.
Rip Hunter and what's left of his team must now form a new alliance with the Justice Society of America and act as time police in the absence of the Time Lords. The finale of season 1 introduced Rex Tyler/Hourman (Patrick J. Adams) and shortly after that, the show revealed it had also cast Citizen Steel (Nick Zano). As the DC TV universe gets larger, the potential for crossovers increases as well. In a recent interview, Caity Lotz mentioned her excitement at all of the possibilities, but that was especially excited about Earth-2.
As for pace, without rushing to introduce the big bad, Legends has time to let the audience get attached to characters before being expected to want to take this journey with them - unlike with their first season. During their panel at San Diego Comic Con, Legends of Tomorrow dropped their sizzle reel about what fans can expect in their second season. Take a look above.
Without revealing too much about the Legion of Doom, the trailer includes a voiceover from Rip himself which implies this team's new mission is to protect the timeline. Professor stein touts the team as "history's last line of defense." Their new time ship also looks to have a lot more seating than what we saw on the Waverider last season. Recent comments from co-creator Marc Guggenheim would suggest we could see the likes of several other DC notables joining the team.
As seen in the trailer, Damien Darhk, once an Arrow villain, is now a problem for the Legends to tackle. CW recently revealed that since the finale introduced the Justice Society of America, it would be fair to break out the Legion of Doom as villains. While not pictured in the trailer, the Legion of Doom will also include Malcolm Merlyn, Leonard Snart (even though he was killed off this particular Legends timeline in the first season), and Reverse-Flash.
More than one villain is a smart change for Legends of Tomorrow, and will likely serve to break the monotony of the singular focus on Vandal Savage for which the first season suffered. Bringing in the JSA and Legion of Doom broadens the opportunities for this series to really expand into its own by not being confined to one tale.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW; Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same time slot on Wednesday October 5th; Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: The CW