Were only a few days away until the premiere of the CW’s newest superhero show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and we are truly hoping that the new series will find its own place among the other current great superhero shows on the air.
So far the first promos for the show are looking very different than its parent shows The Flash and Arrow and I personally think that’s going to be key in order for the show to find success of its own.
It is going to be very important that the show avoids repeating the formula that works for the other superhero series on the network and brings something unique and original.
The premise of the show begins when character Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent the villainous Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself.
The big team of heroes and villains consists of Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / The Atom, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Chay-Ara / Hawkgirl, Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Khufu / Hawkman and Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson / Firestorm.
Based on these characters from DC Comics, the new series comes from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Greg Berlanti who already has found success with “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Arrow” will serve as executive producer alongside Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash’’).
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see if the series can find ratings success, especially with all of these different and not so well known comic characters coming together to form a new superhero team.
Also with the very numerous cast the show has to find the right pace, balance, and chemistry between the characters in order to have a great and entertaining show.
Although we have seen most of these characters in previous episodes of Arrow and The Flash with great results, its going to be a totally different thing to have them on a weekly basis leading their own, especially because the new series won’t have too much overlap with either of its parent series due to its time-traveling nature.
About this time element, executive producer Greg Berlanti said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Sunday. “Because they’re a band of time-traveling rogues, it’s harder for Arrow and Flash to be connected story-wise to it throughout the season. That being said, if you know the histories of Arrow and Flash, it should be extra-fun in its own way as we delve deeper and deeper into the characters’ lives.”
However, don’t rule out crossovers completely, especially since its has been confirmed that The Flash’s Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Arrow’s Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) are all slated to make their way to Legends.
Overall, there are high hopes for the show, especially when The CW’s top boss Mark Pedowitz dangerously compares the new show with two very iconic franchises.
“It is fun, it’s big, it’s lighter than Arrow and The Flash,“ Pedowitz said. “It has great actors with great auspices. I’ve seen four hours. I get popcorn every time I watch it. It’s a fun big show. It’s a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy meets Doctor Who. And it takes your mind off the troubles of the world.”
In the end, only time will tell if the show will meet the high expectations and will fly own its own.
Legends of Tomorrow will premiere in the United States on January 21, 2016 on The CW, and the first season is expected to consist of sixteen episodes