The CW recently made the decision to renew all of their scripted shows, even while still in the midst of the COVID pandemic, with the hopes of keeping everything on solid ground, strategically and financially speaking. With arguably the Arrowverse’s most underrated show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, being renewed for a seventh season, one star has taken a look back at his time within the shrinking superhero ensemble and announced he'll be departing the series.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is gearing up to air Season 6 on The CW, hopefully soon, but Dominic Purcell celebrated the show’s Season 7 renewal with a heartfelt Instagram post that announced less exciting news. The Prison Break actor, who portrays Mick Rory (a.k.a. Heat Wave), revealed that after his contract is up at the end of the seventh season, he will be leaving the show. Here's how he put it:
I’ll give ya 1 more/stay honorable to my contract. #Season7.... thanks to Warner Bros TV, DC Comics, [and] CW Legends of Tomorrow. It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am in a world full of turmoil and tragedy/nor the unfairness of life; that I prevail while others struggle… P.s. to celebrities/ rich people the ‘well off.’ We don’t wanna see how awesome your life is on social it’s not the time nor the place at present. Get a clue.
Dominic Purcell first joined the Arrowverse after appearing in Season 1 of The Flash. His small but important role as criminal Mick Rory earned him a spot on the Waverider in Legends of Tomorrow just a couple of years after. He was usually partnered up with Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart (portrayed by fellow Prison Break vet Wentworth Miller) but he quickly warmed up to the other Legends, and fit right in during recent Snart-free seasons. His post makes it clear that Purcell feels quite fortunate to have been a part of this show for as long as he has, especially with everything going on in the world right now, so he's definitely not leaving in anger.
Dominic Purcell is only the latest Legends of Tomorrow actor to announce his departure from the series, as Brandon Routh, who played Ray Palmer, left his post as The Atom in the middle of last season (though with slightly less appreciation). Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh and Arthur Darville are just some of the other major cast members who ended up leaving throughout the series, along with the aforementioned Wentworth Miller.
Check out Dominic Purcell's Instagram post below.
There’s no telling how much longer Legends of Tomorrow will be on the air, as it remains the Arrowverse’s underdog series. Regardless, Season 6 has yet to air, and with Season 7 most likely not premiering until 2022, fans will still have a while with Dominic Purcell aka Mick Rory as Heat Wave. But how will his story come to an end? Perhaps he’ll be leaving the Waverider for good to spend time with his daughter or be a full-time romance writer.