This fall the CW network is preparing for the biggest superhero explosion ever attempted on television. It has four DC Comics' superhero shows, not only under their network banner, but also under one literal roof in their sound stages in Toronto. Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and the newly added Supergirl, are all coming back with new seasons this fall.
With filming already underway for the much anticipated returns, speculation has begun heating up on the new seasons. We have already gotten quotes from the new Superman on Supergirl, a promo pic of Stephen Amell for Arrow, and look at Kid Flash from The Flash, so it would seem that Legends of Tomorrow would be the next to drop a reveal for their upcoming season. And they did not let us down.
The news comes directly from the White Canary herself, Caity Lotz, as she posted a picture of the season opening script for her followers on Twitter:
Yay! Top secret stuff inside @cw_legendsoftomorrow pic.twitter.com/Y5FTWy25yE
— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) July 13, 2016
The season opening episode is titled, "Out of Time." The show's first season revolved around Rip Hunter's plan to assemble a team to help him alter the known timeline and save Earth from Vandal Savage. Much of the tension was generated from characters committing acts that caused ripple effects and the steps that the team had to take to rectify the mishaps. Judging from the title, it seems that in the first adventure of the new season something will happen that will either prevent the heroes from traveling through time, or something occurs in the timeline that can not be reversed.
While time travel stories are always a fun source of entertainment, they are inherently problematic storytelling devices. If you can simply go back in time and reverse death and accidents, what can really go wrong? It potentially can suck the narrative of dramatic tension and perhaps the showrunners are acutely aware of this.
It's also worth mentioning that the season opener shares the same title as episode 115 of The Flash's first season. This is the episode where Barry first discovers that he has the power to time travel. There have been no indications that there will be a crossover in the season premiere, but perhaps similar themes will be explored that can lay seeds for future adventures. Or, it could be a reference to The Flash's Flashpoint storyline.
Recent additions of Arrow's John Barrowman (who became a series regular across all four of CW's DC series) and the brand new incarnation of Vixen, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, signal that producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, and Andrew Kreisberg, will be shaking up the formula that they already established. Hopefully, they have figured out a way to highlight the show's strengths and limit its weaknesses, after a successful, yet uneven first season. Now if we could only time travel to October and see what they have come up with.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Caity Lotz