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CW President: “Legends of Tomorrow” Is “Guardians of the Galaxy” Meets “Doctor Who”

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“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got some high praise from the president of the CW as the network prepped critics for their next DC Comics adaptation.

Mark Pedowitz spoke glowingly to reporters during this weekend’s Television Critics Association press tour as he shared his excitement for the new time-traveling ensemble series from writer/producer Greg Berlanti, who also brought “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl” to the small screen.

“It is fun. It’s big. It’s lighter than ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,'” Pedowitz said of the show that gathers Rip Hunter, Captain Cold, Atom and a host of DC Comics favorites, according to EW. “It’s a lot of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ meets ‘Doctor Who.’ And it takes your mind off the troubles of the world,” he explained.

Pedowitz had encouraged Berlanti to consider using characters that had appeared on other CW/DC series in a new team-up spinoff, but when the producer described his early development process with DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who is also an executive producer on the series, the “Arrow”/”Flash” veteran noted the way the concept evolved.

“We sat down with Geoff and started pitching on what the show could be [and] got really excited by the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Ocean’s 11’ kind of style, a real mashup or team-up of these characters on a singular quest,” he said, according to Variety. Throughout production, though, there were developments in the show that even surprised its creators.

“The big discovery for me in this show is how much of a family [one] it is,” Berlanti said, according to the Variety report. “It reminds me a lot of some of the family shows I’ve done,” going on that the family was of the “dysfunctional” variety. “I’m not sure I had that thought or any of us had that thought when we started out,” he said.

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That must make the villainous, ageless Vandal Savage something of a bothersome uncle.

With more televised superheroes gracing the small screen than ever before, some have begun to wonder whether viewers have had their fill of shows adapted from comics, but producer and DC Comics stalwart Geoff Johns isn’t among them, saying “Personally, I don’t think there is a saturation point” for audiences, according to Deadline.

Starring Brandon Routh as the Atom, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (the two halves of Firestorm), Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter and Casper Crump as Vandal Savage. Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin will appear as Arrow and The Flash, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” is executive-produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Phil Klemmer, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter and Marc Guggenheim.

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” makes its network debut Thursday, January 21, at 8 P.M. on the CW. Check out a trailer below.