DC Comic fans have had much to enjoy this past weekend at New York comic con with panels hosted by the casts of Gotham, Arrow and The Flash but some got a special treat when Rip Hunter and Hawkgirl from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow hit the stage.
For those not familiar, Legends of Tomorrow is a new series set in the same universe of Arrow and The Flash and will air as a midseason series in January, similar to Marvel’s Agent Carter. The series follows a ragtag team of superheroes (and villians) trying to save the world and work together at the same time. The show stars Arthur Darvill as time traveller (interesting given his most famous role in Doctor Who) Rip Hunter along with Arrow and Flash regular Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Caity Lotz and Ciara Renee.
The panel at New York Comic Con revealed a few details about the show and what fans can expect from the superhero team. Here is what we know so far:
As expected, time travel will be a major element with scene featured in different decades and time periods. “We’ll see the ’50s, we’ll see the Cold War, we’ll see fascism and terrorism,” said showrunner Phil Klemmer, promising a unique viewing experience.
Hawkgirl’s backstory will stay fairly loyal to the comic books with the soulmate/reincarnation storyline referenced throughout their time travel adventures. Hawkgirl may potentially meet other versions of herself, depending on where Rip and the team heads.
Klemmer has also promised that there will be romance on the show, though he won’t confirm which characters will be involved. Could we see The Atom a.k.a. Ray Palmer (Routh) and White Canary a.k.a. the reincarnated Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) as a couple? “When people are on a vessel of any sort, you’ll see… anytime you’re in a close life or death quarters, weird things happen between people,” Klemmer added.
Ray and Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) will be butting heads a lot, expects a battle of the genius’. Routh teased that Stein would be one of the characters he would see as a thorn in Palmers side. Meanwhile, Darvill explained that Rip Hunter won’t be getting along with anyone because, well, “I don’t think he’s really quite thought his plan through.”
Darvill also teased that Rip Hunter’s in a bit of a tough position, as he’s not the best guide for the team. “He’s from a future he’s not particularly happy with,” he said. “He’s come back for various reasons to get this rag-bag team of nut cases together.”
Finally, Klemmer confirmed that he chose these characters for the show because they weren’t as well known in the DC universe. Explaining his decision he explained that these characters aren’t the “sacred cows” of the universe, and therefore, he felt they were right for the show. Given some fans negative backlash to shows such as Gotham making major changes to the Batman mythos, it’s not surprising that Klemmer decided to use lesser know characters.
That said, most of the cast have featured recently in either Arrow or The Flash and so should be very familiar to fans of those two shows.
Legends of Tomorrow is due to air in January 2016. For a brief look at what you can expect from the show, check out the trailer.