legends of tomorrow arriving at cw
By Shakilur rahman
After the success of Arrow and The Flash, CW is once again launching a DC comic-book based show. Out of all these shows, perhaps this one is the wildcard of the bunch. Instead of focusing on one superhero, this time CW will break the mold once again and focus on a team. The twist is that the team are not all heroes, but rather a combination of heroes and villains who will work to save the world; “legends” as the show calls them. Legends of Tomorrow will also be very special-effects based, even more so than The Flash.
Vandal Savage is an immortal who has spent his entire life trying to gain control of people and stay in power. Many believe that he posed as some of the greatest leaders in history, and influenced much of the major events and turning points of history. In the special crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Yesterday and Legends of Today, we were introduced to Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), who reincarnates when she dies. Hawkgirl along with Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Firestorm (Victor Garber), White Canary (Caity Lotz), and The Atom (Brandon Routh) will all be apart of the team. The team will be led by time-traveler Rip Hunter being ironically played by Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill.
The team will have to work together and travel across history to stop Vandal Savage during his run of immortality and trying to conquer the world. A creator of the show,
Greg Berlanti, explained the idea of time travel more in depth “Our real goal is to make something emotionally true and truthful. Whenever we can have conversations about time travel, I always ask my questions in terms of Back to the Future or 12 Monkeys and use other examples that have preexisted” (Slashfilm). Time travel of the show will indeed alter the future, or change the past and present. This will lead to a variety of interesting topics of interest the show can use. The pilot episode for example, will have the team going back to the 70’s.
The element of time travel will also mean massive headaches for the writers, as they have to make sure everything fits within the storyboard, and prevent as many loopholes and plot-holes as they can. So far CW has ordered only 13 episodes, and shortening the number of episodes can actually make the show seem more fluent than its Arrow and Flash counterparts. The budget will also be very huge, and making it 13 episodes makes it easier. However, usually if a show does really well, the budget can be increased and more episodes can be ordered by the network. Due to Legends of Tomorrow being a non-cable show, it’s harder for them to get a bigger budget, and some have feared that there won’t even be a season 2 due to it’s humongous budget. Although in retrospect,The Flash also has a huge budget, and even features a talking gorilla, yet The Flash is a huge success nevertheless.
Legends of Tomorrow will perhaps be the biggest crossover show in television history, and in a sense, is the TV version of The Justice League. The show will air 8 pm EST on January 21 on CW.