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When the Legends of Tomorrow crew begins their temporal journey to stop Vandal Savage this Thursday, they’ll be interacting with a lot of interesting characters in different eras. So far, we’ve mostly been getting details on the people they’ll be meeting in the past, from the 1950s to the Old West, but there hasn’t much in the way of anyone from post-2016 mentioned. Fortunately, it’s now been revealed that Jewel Staite, who was announced for the show two weeks back, will be playing someone from the future connected to someone we know.
When asked what’s in store for Staite’s guest spot, executive producer Phil Klemmer stated that the Firefly actress will be related to one of the show’s main players decades from now. He elaborated:
She’s related to one of our heroes. We will find that she’s not a person off the street. We are going into the most distant future that we will be visiting, and we will find that she is the biological result of something that one of our characters either directly or indirectly did before their recruitment in the pilot, in 2016. As we know, when we pull our characters out of the timeline, they cease to have an effect on the future, but this will be a sort of Ghost of Christmas Future where somebody will realize that something that they did before they left had a butterfly effect on the future that will effectively — they will have aided and abetted Vandal Savage’s rise to power.
Although Klemmer wouldn’t provide any more details about this character’s identity to KSite TV, he did confirm that Staite isn’t playing Scandal Savage, Vandal’s daughter. Klemmer also mentioned that the show won’t travel past 2166, a.k.a. the “Second Blitz of London,” in Season 1, and since he says Staite's character is from the "most distant future," that should mean that year is when the woman lives. Rather than her character being the result of something that one of the team members did while on their journey, she may have come about due to one of them doing something before Rip Hunter recruited them. Her existence will somehow lead to Vandal Savage gaining more power, which isn’t good for anyone else. Does this mean the team will attempt to go back into the past to fix whatever one of the members did? Maybe, but given how risky it is to meddle in the past, the consequences could be even more disastrous than they already are, especially when it directly concerns one of them.
Staite’s character won’t be the only person on Legends of Tomorrow that is connected to someone from The CW’s DC universe. It was announced late last year that Connor Hawke, the second Green Arrow from the comics, will show up. Although Connor won’t be Oliver Queen’s biological son in this continuity, he will “put on the uniform of a missing hero” (for now we’re assuming this means the Emerald Archer). Connor will also be battling a powerful villain who is picking up his or her father’s mantle, so there’s another connection. Beyond the present day guest spots, viewers will also be treated to past versions of Arrow villains Damien Darhk and Ra’s al Ghul, years before they gave Team Arrow trouble.
Legends of Tomorrow premieres this Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. In the meantime, let us know who you you think is the team member that is responsible for Staite’s character existing.