The inaugural season of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow left Vandal Savage defeated, The Hawks departing along with the exits of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and possibly Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). While there is currently a casting call for two new characters, one from the 1940s and a descendant of a World War 2 hero, DC Comics has a wealth of characters not in movies or television that they can make great use of.
Making her first appearance in 1959, Lady Blackhawk is a part of the Blackhawk squadron. The Blackhawks, first appearing in Quality Comics in 1941 and then moving to DC Comics in the 1950s, were a group of pilots from Nazi occupied countries and the Allies who flew under their own flag. Lady Blackhawk became the first female member of the squadron, and would later go on to join the Birds Of Prey. Three women have had the mantle of ‘Lady Blackhawk’ and the characters varied history would fit well among the Waverider crew.
One of DC’s western heroes, Lash is a bit different as he usually isn’t looking for a fight. He’s a gambler, noted pacifist, and a bit of a womanizer, Bat has a certain charm that could fit well in an ensemble cast. Bat Lash did have an ongoing series in the 60s and a limited run in 2008. The character has made an appearance in animation before in season one of Justice League Unlimited alongside DC’s other western characters Jonah Hex, El Diablo, and Ohiyesha “Pow Wow” Smith.
Toward the end of this past season on Legends Of Tomorrow, it is discovered that while Vandal Savage did conquer the Earth in the distant future, he did also stave off a Thanagarian invasion. With that future now changed, it can set the stage for an introduction of one of Thanagar’s enemies, the planet Rann and hero Adam Strange. Strange is a human archaeologist who discovers a ‘Zeta Beam’ that teleports him to the planet Rann. He is taken in by a scientist and becomes an interplanetary hero and adventurer. Strange could work as either part of the main cast or a recurring character if the show gets to the Thanagarian invasion teased recently. Strange has appeared in Batman: Brave And The Bold and Young Justice in animated form.
As DC wants to keep its movies and television shows separate, that means Deathstroke is ‘out of bounds’ for any of the TV show right now. Just because Slade Wilson is off the table doesn’t mean his daughter is. Trained by her father, Nightwing, and more recently a member of the Teen Titans, Wilson could be a great foil for Sara Lance (Caity Lotz). Sara is a trained assassin trying to reconnect to the good parts of life, Rose just wants to fight most any chance she can get and can take out almost any adversary put in front of her.
A lesser known villain that came to prominence during the animated Young Justice series, Lawrence Crock is more villain than hero, but has landed in the anti-hero role once or twice. A skilled hand to hand fighter with an arsenal of sports themed weaponry, Crock could bring the nastiness that the departing Leonard Snart had, and that could be good for the team. Crock isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and that is a quality the crew aboard the Waverider will need at some point.
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