The DC universe is going to get its biggest small screen debut yet when the Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow hits The CW next year. We’ve learned tons of details about the show over the past few months, from characters involved to what they’ll be doing, but it’s been a mystery when the show would actually debut. Until now. Probably. Here’s what Warner Bros. exec Peter Roth had to say about it at a recent Paley Dialogues event.
For those of you who don’t know, Greg is currently shepherding the numbers 1 and 2 highest-rated new series of the year, with the third series, Legends of Tomorrow, that we have very high hopes for on January 21.
For those of you who don’t have a calendar nearby – and if you’re on a computer or phone, you definitely do, but no one is blaming you for not checking it – January 21 is a Thursday, which would indeed give The CW a majority hold on the middle of the work week as far as superhero storytelling goes. With Gotham and Supergirl on Mondays, now we just need something on Friday night and our dream TV week would be complete. Of course, that Friday night show would just get canceled after one season anyway, but still.
It’s of course worth noting that this date isn’t set in stone. Warner Bros. and CBS are joint partners for The CW, so Roth would definitely have some insight on when the show will be debuting, but his words can’t be considered gospel until The CW officially announces it. We’re hoping that, with the cat now out of the bag, that declaration will come sooner rather than later.
All of the steps to set up Legends of Tomorrow have been happening on both The Flash and Arrow this season. We’re already quite familiar with villains-turned-sorta-good-guys like Captain Cold and Heat Wave, as well as heroes like Atom and Firestorm. But here in the past few weeks, we’ve been introduced to Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders, and the upcoming Flash/Arrow crossover event will bring Hawkman out for the first time, along with the bearded big bad Vandal Savage.
In Legends of Tomorrow, the time-traveling hero Rip Hunter will arrive in the present to assemble the core squad to face Savage, an immortal threat whose goal is to take over the world. Or to destroy the world. Or to destroy mankind. You know how bad guys are. We can expect to see some trips through time and space, as well as the possibility of some characters not making it to the end of the season.
If you have some time, you can check out the whole Paley panel in the video below, with the key info coming around the 1:02:00 mark.
For now, we’re putting Legends of Tomorrow down for premiering on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016. We’ll let you guys know if that changes in the future.