Gorilla Grodd is back for an episode of Legends of Tomorrow. In “Welcome to the Jungle,” the team will come face-to-face the telepathic gorilla, and each member will have a unique reaction. During a set visit, several cast members teased how their characters will respond to meeting Gorilla Grodd.
“Ray is the one person who has experience with Grodd — well, he doesn’t really have experience with Grodd, but he knows about him from his friends in Central City,” explained Brandon Routh, who plays Ray “The Atom” Palmer. “So I think he’s equally amazed, intrigued and also frightened of what they’re going to do about that problem.”
As for Vixen, Maisie Richardson-Sellers revealed that she will develop a special bond with the telepathic gorilla. “I loved that episode. I actually had — I had quite an interesting personal relationship with the gorilla in that episode, which was great, obviously, because Amaya speaks to the animals, so they communicate on a whole other level,” she explained. “We see a more tender side to Gorilla Grodd, which I think is quite beautiful, actually. I think one thing Legends does really well is that there is no such thing as a villain and a hero. Everyone is flawed and everyone has their positives as well. So we actually see positives to Gorilla Grodd. And we go to Vietnam, which was awesome. So it’s good.”
“Yeah, I think for the first few episodes, Zari is just trying to process everything she’s seeing,” Tala Ashe said of her character. “The telepathic gorilla is a lot. I think she does consider herself a member-isn of the team, so when things like that happen she’s just trying to wrap her head around it and it’s going to take her a while to really be part of them. But she’s also trying to do good and trying to do the mission because she doesn’t really have anything left in 2042.”
According to Mick Rory actor Dominic Purcell, Heatwave will have a pretty standard reaction to Gorilla Grodd. “Rory, how is his reaction to the monkey? It’s huge! It’s big, and he’s Rory. You know, he tries to burn the bloody thing,” he teased with a laugh.
Even as the team deals with Grodd, the episode will explore some of Rory’s backstory. “I think this is the first time this season where we get Rory’s… we get to see some character stuff, some real deep stuff from Rory, and so he’s starting to unwind a little, certainly in this episode,” Purcell shared. “He meets his father, and so there’s beautiful moments there. For me personally, it was a great experience, just doing some emotional work.”
Airing Tuesdays at 9 pm EST/PT on The CW, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber as Martin Stein, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel.
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