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DC's Legends of Tomorrow, or simply Legends of Tomorrow, is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer, who are also executive producers along with Sarah Schechter and Chris Fedak; Klemmer and Fedak serve as showrunners. The series, based on the characters of DC Comics, airs on The CW and is a spin-off featuring characters introduced in Arrow and The Flash along with new characters, set in the Arrowverse, the same fictional universe. It is the fourth series in the Arrowverse, after Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. The series premiered in January 2016. In January 2020, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season, which is set to premiere in midseason 2021.
The show has received positive reviews from critics, who praised the action, comedy and acting.
The series follows rogue Time Master Rip Hunter, who travels back in time to form a group of superheroes known as "Legends" to protect time from chaos.
In the third season, the team discovers that they created anachronisms throughout time after beating the Legion, though Rip has formed the Time Bureau to help fix them. He also informs them that Nora Darhk has resurrected her father, Damien, as well as recruited Amaya's villainous granddaughter, Kuasa, and enemy of the Flash, Gorilla Grodd, so that they can release the demon, Mallus. Though the team loses Firestorm, they are joined by Zari Tomaz, a hacktivist from 2042 who wields an air-controlling amulet, and Wally West / Kid Flash, a speedster who trained under the Flash. Time Bureau agent and later director Ava Sharpe also starts working closely with the team, entering a relationship with Sara. Upon defeating Mallus, Amaya returns home to Zambesi while Wally departs to find his own way.
In the fourth season, occult detective John Constantine joins the team to help them hunt down magical fugitives that have been scattered throughout the timeline following the team's battle with Mallus. In the process, they eventually discover that events surrounding the creatures have been orchestrated by the demon Neron, who Constantine has faced before. The Legends are joined by the shapeshifter Charlie, who becomes stuck in Amaya's physical form after losing her powers, Mona Wu, who has the ability to turn into a Kaupe, and a reformed Nora, who becomes a fairy godmother.
In the fifth season, Astra Logue resurrects several evil historical figures called Encores to get revenge on Constantine for sending her to Hell. Amidst the Legends' efforts to stop her, Charlie is revealed to be Clotho of the Fates, and her sisters, Atropos and Lachesis, seek revenge on her for destroying the Loom of Fate. Due to time distortions from their final battle with Neron, Zari was replaced by her brother, Behrad Tarazi, before he and Nate helped her rejoin them. While Mona, Ray, Nora and Charlie leave the Legends to live out their lives, Ava and former Time Bureau agent Gary Green join the team after the Bureau gets shut down. At the end of the season, Sara is captured by a UFO unknbeknownst to the Legends.
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom (seasons 1-5): A scientist, inventor, businessman and former CEO of Palmer Technologies who developed a power-suit that is now capable of size manipulation. The character was first introduced on Arrow.
Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter (seasons 1-2; recurring season 3): A roguish time traveler and leader of the team, who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a façade of charm and wit. His goal is to defeat Vandal Savage, his archenemy throughout time, in order to save the world and his family. Aiden Longworth portrays a young Rip Hunter. In the second season, Rip disappears and gives command of the Waverider to the Legends. He later returns, first as a film student in the 1960s who has no recollection of his past life, then as a brainwashed killer working for the Legion and later back to his original self. He remains with the team for a while but departs when he realizes that the Legends no longer need him as their captain. In the third season, he is the founder and leader of the Time Bureau. At the end of season 3, Rip sacrifices himself in order for the Legends to escape from the time demon, Mallus.
Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson / Firestorm (seasons 1-3): A former Central City high school athlete whose pro career was derailed by an injury and now works as an auto mechanic. He serves as the other half of the superhero Firestorm with Martin Stein. After Stein dies, Jax decides to leave the Waverider and return to the present as he is no longer a metahuman. The producers decided to create Jax as the other half of Firestorm to have him be someone in his early 20s and different from Ronnie's Firestorm, bringing comedy and camaraderie with Stein. The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl (season 1): A young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself along with wings that grow out of her back. She chooses to leave the team at the end of the first season. Saunders is also known by her Egyptian name Chay-Ara, and Edith Boardman in the series. Anna Deavere Smith portrays an older Kendra in 1871, known as Cinnamon. The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman (season 1): The latest reincarnation of the Egyptian prince Khufu who is fated to reincarnate throughout time along with his soulmate Kendra, with powers similar to hers. A reincarnated version is recruited by Vandal Savage where he is known as Scythian Torvil before remembering his life as Carter Hall. He chooses to leave the team at the end of the first season. Hall is also known by the name Joe Boardman in the series. Hentschel received guest credit in his subsequent appearances in season one after the character's death in "Pilot, Part 2." The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Amy Pemberton[b] voices Gideon: The artificial intelligence of the Waverider. Pemberton portrays a physical version of the character in the second-season episode, "Land of the Lost", the third-season episode "Here I Go Again", the fourth season episode "Legends of To-Meow-Meow", and the fifth-season episode "I Am Legends". An alternate version of Gideon (voiced by Morena Baccarin) was first introduced in The Flash.
Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave: An arsonist, career criminal, and accomplice of Leonard Snart who, in contrast to his partner, uses a heat gun capable of burning almost anything. After being deserted in the past by Snart, he is recruited by the Time Masters and becomes the bounty hunter Chronos, who hunts the Legends, but later rejoins the team. Mitchell Kummen portrays a young Rory. The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (season 1; recurring season 2; guest season 3): The son of a career criminal who turns to the quick and easy life of crime, and uses a cryonic gun to freeze objects and people on contact. Trestyn Zradicka portrays a young Leo. At the end of the first season, Snart sacrifices himself to save his team. In the second season, the Legion of Doom recruits a past version of Snart from before he joined the team with the promise of averting his future death. Following the Legion's defeat, Mick returns Snart to the exact moment where he was recruited by the Legion, wiping his memories in the process and ensuring that Snart will eventually join the Legends. During the "Crisis on Earth-X" event, a parallel universe version from Earth-X, Leonard "Leo" Snart is introduced; Leo temporarily joins the Legends. The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Matt Letscher as Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash (season 2): A supervillain speedster from the future and the archenemy of the Flash. He is the leader of the Legion of Doom. His goal was to keep himself from being killed by Eddie Thawne back on The Flash. In the season 2 finale, he is defeated by the Legends and the Black Flash, apparently erasing Thawne from existence once again. The character was first introduced on The Flash.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (seasons 2-3) and Charlie / Clotho (seasons 4-5): A member of the Justice Society of America in the 1940s who is able to magically channel the abilities of the animal kingdom thanks to the mysterious Tantu Totem. She is the grandmother of Mari McCabe, who is portrayed by Megalyn Echikunwoke in other Arrowverse series. It was originally intended for the McCabe version of Vixen to be used in Legends as well, but Echikunwoke was unable to reprise the role due to previous commitments. At the end of season 3, she returns to Zambesi. Lookalike Charlie is introduced in season 4 as a "magical fugitive who slips through" the rift the Waverider crew opened. She is a shapeshifter who takes the form of Amaya during a fight with the Legends in the hopes that they will not attack a friend. She is frozen into that shape during the encounter and captured by the Legends. She eventually gets her magical powers back, but continues to use the form of Amaya. She is a formidable fighter and knows a great deal about the other magical fugitives.
Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz (seasons 3-5) and Zari Tarazi (season 5-present): A computer hacker from the year 2042 who possesses aerokinetic powers from a mystical amulet. At the end of season four, the future where Zari came from changes, resulting in her disappearing and being replaced by her brother Behrad Tarazi with the Legends having no memory of her. In the new future, Zari is a socialite named Zari Tarazi, who eventually joins the legends, wielding the air totem along with her brother, Behrad.
Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe (season 4-present; recurring season 3): The former Director of the Time Bureau and girlfriend of Sara Lance. In season three it was revealed that she is a clone from the year 2213. In season five, after the Time Bureau was shut down, she became a permanent member of the Legends, eventually being promoted to co-captain along with Sara Lance.
Matt Ryan as John Constantine (season 4-present; recurring season 3): An English magician/warlock, occult detective, and con man. Ryan is listed among the main cast but receives a special appearance credit. Ryan was announced as being promoted to a series regular for the fourth season ahead of its renewal, reprising his role as Constantine from the short-lived series Constantine.
Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk (seasons 4-5; recurring season 3): The daughter of the dead super-villain Damien Darhk and the love interest (later wife) of Ray Palmer. The character's younger self was first introduced on Arrow.
Ramona Young as Mona Wu (season 4; recurring season 5): A young woman obsessed with fantasy novels who is "something of an expert in the world of the magical creatures that the Legends encounter". She works for the Time Bureau.
Olivia Swann as Astra Logue (season 5-present; guest season 4): A woman damned to hell as a child following a botched exorcism by Constantine. Now an adult, she is determined to rise to the top of hell's food chain.
LaMonica Garrett as Anti-Monitor (season 5) and The Monitor (guest season 4): The Monitor is a multiversal being testing different Earths in the multiverse in preparation for an impending "crisis." Anti-Monitor is The Monitor's polar opposite, an evil being dedicated to ending the multiverse.
Adam Tsekhman as Gary Green (season 6; recurring seasons 3-5): Gary Green was a Time Bureau Agent serving under Director Rip Hunter when it was founded with the goal of protecting and preserving the timeline. After Rip Hunter was arrested and removed from office when he violated Time Bureau Code, Gary Green served under Agent and later Director Ava Sharpe as her most loyal and often very obsessed Time Bureau Agent. After being easily manipulated by Director Sharpe, John Constantine, and the Legends, along with being mistreated by them, Gary betrays the team and joins Neron and Tabitha in their quest to bring the demons and the denizens of Hell over on Earth. However, after seeing that Neron and Tabitha do not care about him, Gary regrets his decision and rejoins the Legends; aiding them in destroying Neron and Tabitha for good. For his actions, Gary is made a part-time member of the Legends, and becomes John Constantine's sorcerer apprentice. Gary and his Master John Constantine continue to aid the Legends, joining up with them to rescue Astra Logue from Hell, and to stop the Encores and the evil Fates Lachesis and Atropos from enslaving humanity. When Charlie leaves the Legends after the team defeated Lachesis and Atropos, Gary Green is made a full time member of the Legends and rejoins them along with John Constantine.
Shayan Sobhian as Behrad Tarazi (season 6; recurring season 5; guest season 4): Zari Tomaz's brother, who, during the season four finale, was resurrected, replacing Zari in the team, after Zari altered the timeline. In season five, he was killed by Atropos, but resurrected once more, and is now a permanent wielder of the air totem along with his sister, Zari Tarazi, the version of Zari created when history was changed.
In January 2015, co-creator Greg Berlanti stated that there were "very early" preliminary talks for an additional spin-off series centered on Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh), from Arrow and The Flash. In February 2015, it was reported that a spin-off series, described as a superhero team-up show, was in discussion by The CW for a possible 2015-16 midseason release. Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Sarah Schechter would serve as executive producers. The potential series would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash, including Palmer, Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber). Caity Lotz was also mentioned to be among the main cast. There would be potential for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new series, and the series would be casting "three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series".
In March 2015, Stephen Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen / Green Arrow on Arrow, confirmed the series would air in the 2015-16 midseason. Additionally, Kreisberg stated more would be revealed about the nature of the series by the end of Arrows third season, specifically why Lotz is slated to appear, given her previous character, Sara, was killed at the start of Arrow season three. Berlanti also stated there was a particular reason for the other half of Firestorm--Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), as seen on The Flash--not being mentioned in the initial cast announcement. On the purpose of the series, Berlanti said it was designed to be "most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that 'event-iness', but all the time. 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." He also revealed the producers were focusing on "making sure that the villain that we have on [the] show is distinct too... another big character who hasn't been used yet." Also in March, Dominic Purcell was revealed to be reprising his role as Heat Wave in the series, and Blake Neely, composer of Arrow and The Flash, would serve as composer. At the end of the month, Arthur Darvill was cast as Rip Hunter, one of the "new to TV" DC characters, while Ciara Renée was cast as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl. In April 2015, in a Variety article on the recent MipTV event, it noted the title for the series would be Legends of Tomorrow, despite it still being unconfirmed by those involved with the series. Also in the month, Franz Drameh was cast as Jax Jackson.
In May 2015, actor Victor Garber said that The CW was impressed with what was shown to them, giving the project a straight-to-series order. The network officially confirmed the order for the series on May 7, 2015, as well as the official title, DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Later in the month, it was confirmed that Lotz would reprise her role as Sara Lance, who would be taking the name White Canary, as well as revealing the antagonist as Vandal Savage. In June 2015, it was announced that Phil Klemmer had been made the series showrunner as well as executive producer; Chris Fedak serves as executive producer and co-showrunner with Klemmer. At the end of the month, Grant Gustin stated he would appear in the series as Barry Allen / Flash, though he ultimately did not appear in the first season. In August 2015, Casper Crump was cast as Vandal Savage.
On March 11, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, which debuted in October 2016. The producers have considered adjusting the Legends team for additional seasons, with Joseph David-Jones' Connor Hawke and Megalyn Echikunwoke's Vixen potential additions. For the second season, Klemmer revealed that Arrow writer Keto Shimizu and The Flash writer Grainne Godfree would be working on Legends in order to "make our stories work in concert" with Arrow and The Flash. Klemmer also noted the challenges of creating more crossover elements, since Amell and Gustin work full days for their respective shows. In terms of working within the Arrowverse, Klemmer said that the death of Laurel Lance on Arrow would "resonate into Season 2... [since] something that happens on Arrow can create ripples that appear on our show in a huge way. It fundamentally alters the DNA of our series." The second season initially consisted of 13 episodes, with four more ordered in November 2016 to bring the season total to 17.
Teasing the premise of season two in April 2016, Klemmer stated, "We're coming at it from a completely different angle. We're determined to make every part of season two feel like its own show. [The first episode of season two] will very much be a new pilot with new good guys, new bad guys, new stakes, new dynamics, new goals. The team will basically have to find a new purpose. Once you save the world, what do you do then?... The fact that the world was in peril sort of forced our team to fall into its own dysfunctional version of lockstep. Season two, they're no longer going to be hunted by Time Masters. They're no longer going to be burdened with having to save the world. It's no longer going to be about saving Miranda and Jonas. The interesting thing about season two is I think it's going to have a much, much different tone because our Legends are going to have a totally different purpose. They're actually going to have a totally different constitution. There will be new faces and new everything." The season also introduced members of the Justice Society of America. The Society consisted of Hourman, Vixen, Commander Steel, Obsidian, Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite. The season also featured a version of the Legion of Doom, composed of the Reverse-Flash, Malcolm Merlyn, Damien Darhk and Leonard Snart.
Legends of Tomorrow was renewed for a fourth season which premiered on October 22, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season. The fifth season debuted following the midseason break in January 2020. On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a sixth season, which is set to premiere in midseason 2021.
The new facet for Legends was that there's no #1 [actor] on the call sheet. There are seven or eight leads. For me, that was the intimidating part. I wasn't as worried about the action and tone as I was with wrangling all these personalities and finding out how they all work together. Or, how to shoot a scene with eight people in the Waverider, day after day.
He stated of the series style of shooting on location as opposed to predominantly shooting on a soundstage,
As is typical with any pilot, most of the time you are going to shoot more on location. Because you don't necessarily know if you are going to have a show that's been picked up, they don't want to invest a lot of money in the infrastructure, so you end up shooting more on location. The only set that was built was the Waverider. That being said, because we knew there was a pickup for the show, it wasn't a conventional pilot. All the resources of construction went into the Waverider. That's continuing into the series. I don't think they tend to build much. I think they tend to adapt locations because there's so much time travel and so many eras to create.
Legends of Tomorrow premiered in the United States on January 21, 2016, and the first season consisted of sixteen episodes. The series premiere in Australia was originally announced as January 20, 2016, however it was pushed back until January 22. It started airing in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2016.
The pilot was well reviewed for its potential. Russ Burlingame from ComicBook.com praised it saying, "The series delivers a sharp, enjoyable pilot that's arguably the most attention-grabbing and entertaining from any of the current crop of superhero shows." Jesse Schedeen of IGN gave the first part of the pilot episode a 7.7/10, praising the show's "epic scope", "fun character dynamics", and Arthur Darvill's performance; and gave the second part of the pilot an 8.4/10, saying it "improved in its sophomore episode thanks to great character dynamics and superhero action".
However, review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the complete first season only a 65% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.42/10 based on 36 reviews. The website's consensus reads: "Fancy effects, comic-book nostalgia, and an alluring cast help keep it afloat, but DC's Legends of Tomorrow suffers from an overloaded cast of characters that contribute to a distractingly crowded canvas."Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 58 out of 100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season an 88% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.97/10 based on 10 reviews. The website's consensus reads: "Though the narrative remains too ambitious, DC's Legends of Tomorrow enjoys a freer creative arc with the removal of problem characters."
The third season holds an approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.95/10 based on 8 reviews. The Website's consensus reads: "DC's Legends of Tomorrow lightens up the tone in its third season while spotlighting adventurous plots and a distinct sense of humor." while IGN gave the season an approval rating of 8.1/10, stating: "When Legends of Tomorrow works, it's easily among the best superhero shows on television (if not shows in general). Unfortunately, while Season 3 reached some impressive highs, it also gave us some of the weakest installments of the series. Season 3 ultimately suffered from its inability to create a conflict worthy of this cast of misfit heroes, and that casts a shadow that will linger when the series returns for Season 4."
Viewership and ratings per season of Legends of Tomorrow
DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Post Production Theater
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling
In May 2015, Renée made a cameo in the final episode of The Flashs first season, "Fast Enough", and later made appearances in the show's second season in November 2015. In July 2015, Guggenheim revealed that the resurrection of Sara Lance would be launched in the first few episodes of Arrows fourth season, with the events of the eighth episodes of Arrow and The Flash--which were a crossover event--being used to set up the other characters of Legends of Tomorrow. Franz Drameh was introduced as the new other half of Firestorm in the fourth episode of the second season of The Flash. Crump, Hentschel and James debut in the crossover episodes for the second season of The Flash and the fourth season of Arrow. In November 2016, the cast of Legends of Tomorrow appeared on The Flash and Arrow as part of the three-part "Invasion!" crossover event; the crossover episodes also featured appearances by Melissa Benoist, reprising her role as Kara Danvers / Supergirl from the TV series Supergirl.
^A total of 15 episodes were produced: a special episode for the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, which aired on January 14, 2020, before the fifth season, and another fourteen contributing towards the regular season, which officially premiered on January 21, 2020.
^Starting in season 3, Pemberton is credited as Amy Louise Pemberton.
^Neely, Blake (March 21, 2015). "@darthtardis @MoreTVMag @PSPatel yes to both! Woohoo!!". Twitter. Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015. @darthtardis: @MoreTVMag @cowonthewall @PSPatel Will the awesome Blake Neely be scoring the new spinoff or Supergirl?; @cowonthewall: @darthtardis @MoreTVMag @PSPatel yes to both! Woohoo!!
^Barraclough, Leo; Hopewell, John (April 20, 2015). "Premium Drama Takes Center Stage in International Marketplace". Variety. Archived from the original on April 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015. With MipTV wrapped, the focus now shifts to the L.A. Screenings in May. Big product suppliers were using MipTV to talk up L.A. Screenings bows that include, in terms of shows attracting attention for WBITVD, "Supergirl" for CBS, "Blindspot" for NBC, "Legends of Tomorrow" for CW, and also "The Curse of the Fuentes Women," for NBC.