Legends of Tomorrow debuted on The CW in 2016. Loosely based on a variety of DC Universe characters, most of whom had previously appeared on fellow DC shows Arrow or The Flash, the series followed a band of misfits traveling through time to maintain the security of the time and space. The team included Time Master Rip Hunter, Ray Palmer/The Atom, Sara Lance/White Canary, Martin Stein and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (who together formed Firestorm), Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Carter Hall/Hawkman, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Mick Rory/Heat Wave.
The show was renewed for a second season, minus Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Captain Cold with the team facing off against the Legion of Doom. Comprised of Damien Darhk, Reverse Flash, Malcolm Merlyn and a time-displaced Leonard Snart, the Legends fought to keep the Spear of Destiny, having the power to rewrite their fates, out of the hands of the Legion. The team added new recruits in the form of Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Nate Heywood/Steel. The Legends ultimately won the battle against the Legion and made their way to what they thought would be home. Instead, they arrived in an alternate Los Angles overrun with dinosaurs. CBR examines a some things we know about Season 3 and a few we hope are true.
15. FACT: “ARUBA-CON”
The title of the season three premiere is “Aruba-Con,” a wink to the second season finale in which Heat Wave requested the team set a course for Aruba. The season premiere is scheduled to air on October 10th, 2017. The episode will be directed by Rob Seidenglanz and written by co-creators Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim.
After the long season two fight with the Legion of Doom, our heroes are in desperate need of a vacation. However, after the events of the season finale in which they actually broke time itself, they will have to deal with Rip Hunter and his reconstituted Time Masters. Reports say they will be feuding over which teams’ methods of safeguarding the timeline is best.
14. RUMOR: SMALLVILLE’S CHLOE SULLIVAN
Okay, full disclosure: we found out this one may have stemmed from an April Fool’s joke. We do know that Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim has confirmed than an established character who’s not from the DC Arrowverse will join Legends this season. Fan speculation has repeatedly claimed it’s Chloe Sullivan from the CW Superman prequel Smallville, but again, this one remains more of a case of wishful thinking inspired by online April Fool’s chicanery. But hey, stranger things have happened, right?
As the only supporting character for all ten seasons of Smallville, Allison Mack’s Chloe Sullivan was smart, loyal and brave. Chloe served as Clark Kent’s best friend and was also the heart of the show. She would eventually assume the identity of Watchtower, providing support to Clark, as well as the various other heroes like Green Arrow, Aquaman and Black Canary. There may be virtually no chance of this happening, with the rumor having since been debunked, but our fingers remain crossed that the overwhelming joy expressed by fandom over it will fuel showrunners into making the rumor coming true.
13. FACT: VIXEN WILL RETURN
Originally part of the Justice Society of America from the ’40s, Vixen first joined the Legends of Tomorrow in a quest to find the person who was responsible for the death of her lover, fellow JSA member Rex Tyler. This Vixen’s real name is Amaya Jiwe and is the grandmother of Mari McCabe, the Vixen who had previously appeared on Arrow. Using an ancient amulet, she is able to magically channel the abilities of any animal.
At the end of season two, this Vixen was killed by Leonard Snart in the heat of battle. However, Vixen’s portrayer, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, has been confirmed as a series regular in season three. Unfortunately, we are not sure if this will be the Vixen from last season or another time-displaced version. We would also be curious to see if her romance with fellow Legends member, Steel, will heat back up.
12. RUMOR: CONSTANTINE RETURNS
The team behind the DC Arrowverse aren’t giving up on bringing back Matt Ryan’s chain-smoking, occult expert Constantine. Ryan originated the role in his own short-lived NBC series that only last one season, but later made a guest appearance in an episode of Arrow. Creators of the show have stated that Legends will be dealing with more magic this season, making fans hope for another visit from Constantine to the Arrowverse.
Showrunner Phil Klemmer has stated that he is “actively campaigning” to get Constantine on the show as it delves deeper into dark magic with the return of the evil Damien Darhk. While the character will be receiving an animated spinoff, actor Matt Ryan has said he would love to bring back the live-action version to TV screens.
11. FACT: THE TIME BUREAU HAS A NEW FACE
Mistresses alumna Jes Macallan has been cast in the recurring role of Special Agent Ava Sharpe, a determined operative for a secret branch of the Federal Government (Time Bureau), which is dedicated to the regulation of time-travel and the protection of history. Her character has been described as being smart, ambitious and ruthless.
With her character not being based on an any actual comic book character, it’s hard to tell if Special Agent Sharpe will end up being more of a friend or foe. Given the Legends past track record with time-travel-monitoring agencies, it’s fair to guess she will start off as a foe to begin with. However, on this show, villains don’t always stay bad (and heroes don’t always stay good, for that matter).
10. RUMOR: KAMANDI, THE LAST BOY ON EARTH
A Jack Kirby creation, Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth was a comic book series set in a post-apocalyptic future version of Earth. A teenager and one of the last human survivors, Kamandi’s world was divided into dangerous zones ruled by various tribes of evolved animals. A different spin on Planet of the Apes, The Kamandi Challenge is also part of the current DC Rebirth line of comic books.
Since the Waverider landed in a battle-torn Los Angeles with dinosaurs walking around like they own the place, could Kamandi be far behind? It would definitely add an interesting twist to the dystopian future plot and, with the success of the Planet of the Apes movies, it’s not a big stretch to tie Legends in with Kamandi.
9. FACT: SEASON 3 VILLAINS WILL BE FAMILIAR FACES
The series has moved on from having a one-note bad guy (we’re looking at you, Vandal Savage), with a trio of familiar faces clashing with the team in season three. The enigmatic Damien Darhk will appear once again, after we saw him and the other members of the Legion of Doom defeated. It will be interesting to see where exactly in time he pops up. Last seen on The Flash, Gorilla Grodd will make his debut on Legends as well. Rounding out the trifecta will be Kuasa, Vixen’s great-granddaughter.
Vixen has already been trying to come to terms with knowing her future, and that it doesn’t exactly involve her lover, Steel. Bringing Kuasa on will definitely make things more intense, making her face her “evil” descendant. Who, by the way, is technically sister to the modern-day Vixen (Megalyn Echikunwoke).
8. RUMOR: SARA LANCE VS. BLACK SIREN
While we saw Arrow‘s Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and new Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy) face-off against the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance in the season five finale, Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) has yet to meet this world’s version of her sister, Sara. However, it appears that the Lance sisters will be introduced to each other in the upcoming seasons, possibly during the four-way Arrowverse crossover event.
At a recent convention, Cassidy talked a little bit about two meeting and what that dynamic would be, “I think that’s something we’ll definitely get to see next season…the different relationships, how each character will react.” Black Siren lost her Sara ten years ago when Robert Queen was the survivor instead of Oliver and Sara. It was also hinted that this Laurel had possibly lost both her parents, as viewers saw that she has a soft spot for this version of her father.
7. FACT: THERE WILL BE A NEW LEGEND
Actress Tala Ashe will be a new series regular this season. She will play Zari, a Muslim-American technology expert from the future where fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have made her into a “gray hat hacktivist.”
At the beginning of the season, she lives a double life and doesn’t know that she has latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical force. DC fans will know her as Isis, a female counterpart to the Black Adam character and a part of the Shazam! family. In the comics, Isis’s power set includes superhuman strength, speed, endurance, wisdom, flight and telekinesis. It remains to seen if this version will have all, or any, of these powers throughout the season, but we are excited to see this new member join the team.
6. RUMOR: THE FLYING GRAYSONS
Growing in ways never imagined when Arrow first premiered, the Arrowverse has become a sprawling mecca of superheroes with characters like Firestorm, Huntress and Martian Manhunter making appearances. However, there’s one hero that no one’s talking about: Batman. Despite numerous references such as Supergirl’s offhand comment about her cousin’s gadget-collecting friend and the title Oracle “being taken” when Felicity was choosing a codename indicting his existence, we have yet to see a direct link.
In the first trailer for Season 3 of Legends, we catch up with the team but there may have also provided us with a pretty cool Robin Easter egg. In it, the Legends visit a circus (presumably P.T. Barnum’s) and we see a couple of acrobats doing stunts behind Professor Stein and Sara Lance, wearing identical suits of Dick Grayson’s original Robin outfit. Could they be The Flying Graysons? We can’t wait to find out.
5. FACT: THERE WILL BE LESS RIP
At the end of it’s sophomore season, Legends viewers saw Rip quietly pack a bag and say goodbye to the Waverider and its new captain, Sara. As with many characters on this show, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s gone for good, though. Like Damien Darhk and Kuasa, Rip will no doubt be returning in the upcoming season three of the show.
Even though he is guaranteed to be on the show this season, early reports say that Rip Hunter has gone on to be the boss of the newly formed Time Bureau, which presumably means less screen time. Though not necessarily a villain, there will definitely be a conflict of interest between himself and the Legends as both groups go about fixing those pesky time aberrations.
4. RUMOR: RAY PALMER’S BACKSTORY
One episode in Legends’ third season will provide a look at one of the team’s surprisingly heartbreaking backstories, reports say. Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer will be at the forefront of this flashback episode, which shows Ray going through some dark times and how he has struggled in his life but ultimately ended up the optimistic hero we know and love today. It’s also been said that his backstory will help him bond with new Legend, Zari Adrianna (Tala Ashe).
Ray’s past was only briefly referenced on Arrow while he was dating Felcity Smoak. Stating that he had a lonely childhood filled with only books and movies, which sparked his interest in technology. Viewers may also get a glimpse of his brother, Sydney, who was shown in the form of a bust statue in Legends season one, where it was said he continued Ray’s work after he presumably died.
3. FACT: SARA LANCE GETS SOME LOVIN’
Ever since appearing on Arrow, Caity Lotz’s Sarah Lance has been a standout character. A former member of the League of Assassins who suffers from rage issues following her death and resurrection via Lazarus Pit, she’s always been a force to reckon with. In the second season, we saw Sara come into her own as leader of the team and captain of the Waverider. However, Sara’s love-life has been seriously lacking lately.
As one of the only bisexual characters on television right now, Sara has had relationships with both men and women. She previously had flings with Oliver Queen and Nyssa al Ghul and on Legends she had a mild flirtation with Captain Cold, which was cut short due to his untimely death. When season three commences, Sara will find herself embroiled in a new, and rather serious, romance with a new character.
2. RUMOR: LEGENDS OF HORROR?
While filming for season three is well underway, many fans are wondering where this garage band of time-traveling heroes will go next for this upcoming season. A recent behind-the-scenes photo from cast member Maisie Richardson-Sellers has the Legends heading into a spooky forest that looks like it came straight out of a classic scary movie. Could a horror-themed episode be in store?
Richardson-Sellers shared a shot of her in silhouette, walking onto a night-time wooded set. The caption written by co-star Caity Lotz jokes about doing a “horror movie spin-off.” Although the Arrowverse shows tend to not venture into slasher-movie territory, with the group breaking the timeline in last season’s finale, all bets are off and with all the timelines and alternate universes, you never know when and where the team will end up.
1. FACT: LEGENDS WILL MEET JULIUS CAESAR & P. T. BARNUM
Legends of Tomorrow focuses on the adventures of a group of time-traveling heroes. The team has been to the future multiple times, traveled to the past in the ’80s smack dab in the middle of the Russian Cold War and even onto a Civil War battlefield. During the second season, the show embraced it’s crazy antics and gleefully took turns plopping our heroes in various “fish out of water” situations.
In season three, we will see the Legends travel through time fixing multiple aberrations and visiting far away destinations, one of which will be Ancient Rome. It has been confirmed that actor Simon Merrells (Spartacus) will be portraying Julius Caesar. In addition, veteran actor Billy Zane (Titanic) has been cast in an upcoming episode as P. T. Barnum.
Anything else you’re hoping for in the upcoming Legends season? Let us know in the comments!
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