How Legends Of Tomorrow Will Replace Firestorm

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While DC's "Crisis On Earth-X" crossover was an exciting romp, it was not without heartbreak. The mega-crossover was particularly hard for Legends of Tomorrow fans as Professor Stein met his end just before officially retiring from his Waverider adventures. This week's midseason finale saw his other half, Jax, leave as well, and now fans are wondering who will step in to replace the two heroes on the ship. While executive producer Marc Guggenheim couldn't be too upfront about what the show has planned, he did confirm that whoever is joining is already a part of the Arrow-verse:

We do have a plan for how to replace Firestorm on the bridge, and it's a really cool one. It's one we're really excited about. There's really like two empty chairs on the Waverider. So we do have a game plan. We've always had a game plan. I just can't talk about the game plan. The CW publicity will determine when we get to unleash that bit of news... It's a returning. It's a previously established character from the Arrow-verse.

Considering the heroes that are currently available to join the Waverider, that's some very interesting news. One popular theory circling around the web is that John Constantine will be staying along for the ride past his episode arc in the latter half of Season 3, which is great news for anyone that misses his canceled series. While he does typically deal in the occult, John Constantine is known to be a pretty savvy con-man and trickster, and his skills would prove useful to the team beyond the appearances of any demons. Keeping Constantine a part of the crew would be not just an asset to the Waverider, but the show as well, as DC fans would love to see the hero in a more consistent capacity.

As Marc Guggenheim mentioned to Comicbook, there's more than just one slot to fill on the ship. While Constantine is guaranteed a seat on the Waverider for at least a couple of episodes, there's still an empty chair that could very well be filled by The Flash's Wally West. Wally has been largely written out of the Season 4 story of The Flash and is on a journey of self-discovery, and where better to do that than on Legends of Tomorrow? With The Flash writers saying the true reason Wally was written off was due to having too many speedsters to work with, putting Wally on the Waverider is a way to keep the character in front of fans in case they want to bring them back later, while still allowing The Flash to tell its current one-speedster story without constantly giving updates on Wally.

Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW in 2018, and it is believed it will switch to Monday nights following Supergirl when it returns. For a look at other shows coming in 2018, head on over to our midseason premiere guide. To see what 2017 still has to offer in terms of programming, hit up our fall premiere guide. For a list of shows that were canceled this year, visit our cancellation guide.

Mick Joest
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