Legends of Tomorrow has essentially become DCTV’s movie-of-the-week. Last season, the Legends were on a quest for the mythical Spear of Destiny, a goal that set them against the Legion of Doom, and each episode presented a spectacle of humor, a myriad of historical figures, and everyone’s favorite characters, from the Waverider and beyond.
When the show’s third season kicks off in October, the crew of the Waverider will be tasked to fix time — which they broke. They’ll be sent from Ancient Rome to the near future where anachronisms have run amuck. Legends of Tomorrow While speaking with the press at Comic-Con International, executive producer Phil Klemmer explained just what some of the anachronisms they’ll be tasked to set right.
But before looking to the future, Klemmer explored the past, explaining how Legends course corrected from Season 1 and leaned into its more comedic style. “It was pretty organic,” he said of the show’s evolution. “It’s funny, because we’re given permission to do anything. You would imagine that the network would be the most restrictive and something really interesting has happened at The CW. I think the success of the other shows that Greg [Berlanti’s] put on the air has really brought a lot of trust. We expect some day somebody is going to say that we’ve hit peak absurdity. ”
This absurdity lends itself to great moments between characters, like Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood losing their intelligence because George Lucas never created Star Wars. That episode — “Raiders of the Lost Art” — explored intimate character moments while looking at the life of a film maker who largely influenced two characters on this show.
“You could make it formulaic, because it works,” Klemmer said. “What we love about these characters is that we could put them in any situation and they made sense. The relationships are so strong that the concepts don’t matter as much. The concept of the show is bananas. You could have an episode with George Lucas dropping out of film school and ask, ‘Where are the stakes in that?’ Season 1, we were saving the world, but one of the challenges is, what can you get away with and have it still work? We have the tiniest stakes imaginable in the DC universe, but for our characters it’s great.”
As for the various eras the Legends will visit this season, Klemmer was more than happy to discuss at least a few of them. “We start out in 2017, obviously, but we’re going to take a trip back to Ancient Rome,” he said. “From there, you’ll know about Billy Zane and the role of PT Barnum in the nineteenth-century circus freak show. The parallels between heroes by a different moniker is essentially a freak. Our heroes find their way into the circus. Episode 3 is going into the future, meeting Zari, this sort of depending on your politics, is a post-apocalyptic future. From there to Amblin, [which is]a bit of a love letter to E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.” Co-EP revealed on Twitter this week that this
Helen of Troy will also feature into this season, but not in Ancient Greece. “[She] ends up in Hollywood in 1938 and starts a studio war between Louis B. Mayer and Jack Warner who want to sign her as the latest it girl. It’s like the Trojan war playing out between two Hollywood Studios.”
In addition to visiting the future and old Hollywood, the Legends will also go back to 1800s England. “We’re doing a macabre, Victorian Bram Stoker Dracula [episode with] cobblestone streets and torch lamps. I don’t think you should be surprised if Rip Hunter factors into that.” Speaking of Rip Hunter, Klemmer addressed when the Waverider’s former captain would return to the show. “[Arthur Darvill] has a flourishing career and many talents that make him very sought after. Last season, there was a potency to not having him in every episode, and we never knew which Rip we were going to be needing. The same is going to be happening with Wentworth [Miller] this season. He’s not a regular anymore — it’s all about how can we make the most of his appearances.”
In Season 2, Hunter was manipulated by the Legion of Doom, and while the Legion isn’t coming back, one of their members has an important role to play in antagonizing the Legends this season. “The kernel that we’re going to begin with is Damien Darhk. We’ve come up with a way he can come into our show. He was kind of glib and a lighter version of himself last season. We want to give him some real teeth and a real sinister presence. We want to slowly build out his dark alliance.”
This alliance will be with Amaya’s granddaughter and Vixen’s sister, Kuasa. “We saw Kuasa’s character, who will have a personal impact on our guys. The fact that Amaya thought she had this destiny to fulfill. This season she’ll learn her destiny wasn’t this pure ‘I will have a granddaughter who will become Vixen’ it’s always mixed. Her lineage also will lead to a line of evil through her family.” Kuasa will be the seasons’ main villain, which will be extremely personal for Amaya and the Legends to deal with. “You want bad guys who enrich our characters and not just be two-dimensional,” Klemmer said. “Our show is frothy and always personal.”
Premiering on the CW on Tuesday, October 10, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s third season will star Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, Nick Zano as Nick Heywood, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson.
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