Legends of Tomorrow TV Spots: Break All the Rules

Two new TV spots for DC's Legends of Tomorrow give us a glimpse at the show's DC superhero team in action and send them back in time.

The CW is set to expand its comic book-based television universe even further with the Arrow and The Flash spinoff series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which will feature new and returning characters (some super, some not) united by time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to stop the immortal villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from wreaking havoc across time.

The premiere episode synopsis for Legends of Tomorrow indicates that we will see each of these familiar characters during its runtime: Ray Palmer/the Atom (Brandon Routh); Sara Lance/the White Canary (Caity Lotz); Firestorm, a.k.a. Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh); the criminal team of Captain Cold/Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave/Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell; Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman/Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel).

Now, a couple of new TV spots for Legends of Tomorrow give us some action-packed glimpses of the team in action. The first of these, which you can watch above, is a straight-forward show teaser that sets up the show's overall plot and introduces Rip Hunter's goal and the Time Masters he answers to. While we know that each season of the show will serve as “its own separate movie,” the sturdy premise of a time-traveling band of superheroes and villains united for a common goal should provide plenty of spectacle.

A second new TV spot for Legend of Tomorrow shifts the tone and sends the whole team back in time to 1975. We don't know why, but it looks like a young Martin Stein factors in somehow. Check out the next spot below.

If the first spot gives us an idea of how these Legends will work together as a team (and we only have quick-cut snippets of action to go on), the second one hints broadly at just how difficult it will be for Hunter to bring that team together. Captain Cold may have taken the first steps toward being at least a team player (if not necessarily a hero) in The Flash's mid-season finale, but career criminal Heat Wave is another matter. Plus, in true Time Lord Master fashion, there seems to be quite a bit Rip Hunter keeps from his would-be team, as they evidently cannot stop punching him.

These spots showcase a lighter overall tone, closer to The Flash than Arrow, yet featuring characters from both. Legends of Tomorrow will have a lot of elements to balance, weaving a compelling over-arching story in with satisfying storylines for the individual characters. We've also heard that villains like Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) could turn up down the line, further complicating an already packed narrative.

NEXT: Details on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow Sneak Peek Special

The Flash will return on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, while Arrow will return on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 and Legends of Tomorrow will see its series premiere on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.

Source: The CW

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