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Although it’s a spinoff of one of the fastest superheroes out there, the CW’s offshoot of The Flash and Arrow has taken its sweet time in getting from inception to confirmation. (Or at least it feels that way.) The network has officially announced a series order for the spinoff, which is now officially titled Legends of Tomorrow. Let’s all shoot our confetti arrows up into the air now.
Rumors have been flying about how this series would be set up, given its sizeable cast of heroes and villains. (It looked like it would be focused largely on Atom at one point, but that’s not the case.) Here’s the official Legends of Tomorrow synopsis from The CW, which puts a brand new-to-TV character at the center of the excitement.
When heroes alone are not enough, the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
That’s awesome! We knew Rip Hunter would be a part of the action when it was announced that Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill was taking on the role, but it certainly wasn’t clear that he would be the catalyst behind all of these super-folks getting together. Here’s hoping he remains at the forefront, as Darvill is an excellent actor.
Beyond the lone namecheck in Rip Hunter, Legends of Tomorrow is also confirmed to feature Victor Garber’s Dr. Martin “Half of Firestorm” Stein, Brandon Routh’s Ray “Atom” Palmer, Dominic Purcell’s Mick “Heat Wave” Rory, Wentworth Miller’s Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart, Ciara Renée’s Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders, and Caity Lotz in an as-yet-unconfirmed role. As well, superhero newbie Franz Drameh joined the show as a mystery parter for the S.T.A.R. Labs team.
It’s not clear exactly how many episodes Legends of Tomorrow will get, but it will definitely be one of the network’s more prized projects in their upcoming 2015-2016 season. According to Flash star Victor Garber, who spoke with Broadway World earlier this month, production on the series is set to begin in August, with the premiere not actually hitting The CW until January 2016. That’s to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, but that timeline makes sense, as there is probably still some casting and writing to do before it all gets underway.
Are you guys ready for even more time-traveling superheroes on The CW? In the meantime, you can catch Barry Allen and Oliver Queen (or whatever he's going by these days) re-teaming for the Arrow Season 3 finale next Wednesday.