Super hero team-ups abound. The Fantastic Four, Avengers, The Justice League, the list can go on and on. Yet with the success of DC’s CW shows Arrow and The Flash, an unlikely superhero team up is on the horizon. One that is oddly named at best, Legends of Tomorrow.
CW will soon launch a 13 episode season of Legends of Tomorrow. Early word the series itself will begin in January or February of 2016. Trailers beg loads of excitement but what most people have not noticed is who is absent from the team. Arrow and Flash. Look at the promotional artwork, Legends of Tomorrow won’t include Flash or Arrow. They will of course guest star but CW producers believe they won’t need The Flash or Arrow. What smells here is the usual greed of networks. They are milking a cash cow and striking while the iron is hot. The Arrow and The Flash fans may be in for a poor surprise.
Good news, The Flash and Arrow will cross over with Legends of Tomorrow.
Even if you are a fan of Arrow and The Flash you may still need Legends of Tomorrow Explained. To keep it simple, the existing characters from both Arrow and The Flash are recruited by the time traveling Rip Hunter (Son of Booster Gold) to fight justice on a larger scale throughout time. DC makes use of a known villain Vandal Savage as their main antagonist. The team is made up of heroes and villains:
- Captain Cold – Wentworth Miller
- Heatwave – Dominic Purcell
- Firestorm – Victor Garber / (No Robbie Amell credit?)
- Hawkgirl – Ciara Renee
- White Canary – Caity Lotz
- Atom – Brandon Routh
- Rip Hunter – Arthur Darvell
Notice who is missing? Legends of Tomorrow does not include Flash or Arrow. Another great question, if Rip Hunter is traveling back in time to recruit the best, why not the Flash or Arrow? And Heatwave? Really? This smells of spin-off for the sake of spin-off. When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time master rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.
Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
DC canon aside, characters from within the DC TV universe beg questioning. Is White Canary none other than the Black Canary back from the dead? Was the Lazarus Pit involved? The pit can only be used on the dying but some backstory trick can be thrown in to make that action possible.
Is the new White Canary a relative or an embodiment of Black Canary from another time? Is the White Canary no other than Shiva? Answer, The White Canary is herself played by Caity Lotz. This means the producers and writers of Legends of Tomorrow will once again crap all over DC canon and merely use the name of a the original White Canary and apply it to a new interpretation.
Missing is Jay Jackson portrayed by Franz Drameh. Another question is where is Robbie Amell in the credits (Half of Firestorm) in the cast credits? Will the Robbie Amell form be CGI? Does this mean no internal banter between both personalities for Firestorm? This is part of the Firestorm persona in print form and purists will most likely find a single entity a poor excuse for a Firestorm.
It’s not Avengers, but it sure feels like it, on a smaller scale in budget. CW is praise worthy for taking on such a concept at low-budget level. The strength of storytelling must overcome the lack of special effects, set design and costume design needed to make the show capable of copying the Avengers at small screen level. While the producers of Arrow and The Flash are receiving huge praise for their work on both hit shows the underlying fact is the TV cinematic universe is flawed and Legends of Tomorrow will ultimately expose the flaws and create a great deal of fan backlash. One example is utilizing at Batman adversary such as Ra’s Al Ghul against Oliver Queen in Arrow.
It’s worth nothing the elephant in the room. DC has done great to copy Marvel in a shared continuity concept for Television to the small degree it has. What is missing is Batman. Sure Gotham is cute and okay but it if we are being honest, lets face it the real heroes to include are Batman and Superman. This can be a good thing. While CW and other outlets hone the craft of DC universe story telling, IF and when we get a Batman series the show will have a solid strategy for success which is pull stories from canon. Getting off the soapbox about purist canon, a great image to come about from Legends of Tomorrow is a glimps of the Reverse Flash in the time sphere. Now we know one way he makes his way through time.