The CW’s The Flash and Arrow spin-off show, Legends of Tomorrow, will start airing on January 21 2016 at 8 p.m., as announced in its first trailer.
Both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will move to Fridays in order to accommodate the new DC superhero show of The CW network.
It’s no secret that everybody loves superhero team-ups. From Marvel’s Avengers and X-Men to DC’s upcoming Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad, and from the experience of tv show crossovers, studio execs and tv producers know how easy a superhero show can reach success. Greg Berlanti, the mastermind behind DC and The CW’s superhero shows and CBS’ Supergirl, said as much, stating that Legends of Tomorrow was developed to be “most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time”. Legends of Tomorrow was born from the premise of it being good for business, which doesn’t take away from the fact that it looks like it could be a fun show. Berlanti actually cares about the material, too: “For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it”.
In Legends of Tomorrow we have a rogue time-traveller, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who recruits a tag-team of “legends” with superpowers – and superweapons – in order to free the Earth from an apocalypse in the form of a powerful dictator. As we know, challenging the order of space and time will have consequences. The team of heroes and villains chosen by Hunter is composed by some of the most recognizable characters from The Flash and Arrow: Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh), Prof. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh) as Firestorm, Sarah Lance/Black Canary (Caity Lotz), Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Mick Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), and Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel). We’ll also meet a few never-before-seen DC Comics characters, including Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) as the main villain.
The full trailer for the new series looks promising, like a mash-up between Terminator and Looper with a bit of 70s feel thrown in, not to mention special appearances and references: “I’ve seen Man of Steel die and The Dark Knight’s fall”.
Time-travel and multiverse action is what made me fall in love with The Flash, along with the characters and the comic-book vibe. I’m intrigued by Legends of Tomorrow and the different dynamic the creators will bring to the table with this original team, based on DC characters, but not on actual comics.