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Oh man, oh man, oh man! The first trailer for the Flash/Arrow spinoff Legends of Tomorrow is here, and there isn’t a dull second to be found in it. If your interest in superhero series is based mostly on seeing costumed characters running around and being badass, this is the epitome of awesome. Check it out!
It’s an extensive trailer, and starts off by re-introducing the two heroes whose own series gave birth to this one, but it doesn’t take long for the core squad to get together and talk shop, which basically involves saving the world. Duh! We’ve got familiar characters like Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick "Heat Wave" Rory (Dominic Purcell), and Ray “Atom” Palmer (Brandon Routh), but we also get our first look at some of the new characters in action.
Meet Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders (Ciara Renée). I don't know what it is, but I just love seeing giant CGI wings coming out of a person's back right before they fly over a city. Not something you see everyday, and Hawkgirl will hopefully use this tactic on a regular basis.
Meet Sara “White Canary” Lance (Caity Lotz), whose identity was only just revealed earlier today. Seeing her rise from the Lazarus Pit is quite exciting, and puts to rest all the rumors over how Lotz could return to this universe after being killed off of Arrow as the Black Canary.
And meet the time-traveling savior Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill). Odd that he's the most normal-looking guy in the bunch, considering he's crossed time barriers to get there.
And while we're at it, let's give a big warm welcome to Atom in his tiny form, something fans have been waiting to see ever since the character first came to Arrow.
Rip Hunter is the guy putting everything together, as he revealed he’s a member of the Time Masters, a futuristic organization whose duty to the world is protecting history. (NBD, since The Flash is also guided by future-information for its plot mechanics.) He tells this motley group of heroes and villains that they eventually work together to take on a bigger threat than any of them have ever faced, the immortal and brilliant Vandal Savage, who apparently has an army of subordinates for the “Legends” to battle with in the meantime.
We’ll get our second look at this team – or at least parts of it – in action when The Flash finale airs next Tuesday. If that episode is at least half as exciting as the best Flash episodes, or even that trailer, then we’re in for one of the best superhero outings that television has ever given us.
Legends of Tomorrow is set to premiere during The CW’s midseason push, so keep your calendars open in 2016. Or maybe just stay friendly with Rip Hunter and he can take you to the future whenever you want.