The project had been shrouded in mystery up until last week, when we learned the context in which that brings an unlikely team of heroes and villains — led by Brandon Routh (Arrow's Atom), Wentworth Miller (The Flash's Captain Cold), Caity Lotz (Arrow's Canary), Dominic Purcell (The Flash's Heatwave) and Victor Garber (The Flash's Firestorm) — together.
Though an actual pilot hasn't been filmed, the trailer revealed quite a bit about what's to come and opens with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) rounding up the forces. "Sometimes the world needs a team," Barry says as we cut to our first look at the new superhero team-up.
Some exciting moments are featured in the trailer, from the introduction of Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), White Canary (Lotz) and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill). We also get to see Atom shrinking down to miniature size for the very first time (not to be confused with Ant-Man) and the reveal of the season's big bad, the immortal supervillain Vandal Savage.
During a Thursday call with reporters, The CW president Mark Pedowitz filled the missing piece of the puzzle, confirming speculation that Lotz — whose Arrow character Sara Lance/Canary died at the start of the third season — is now playing the White Canary. (The first official photo was confirmation enough, showing Lotz dressed in an all-white ensemble.)
Is the Lazarus Pit, the magical hot tub with mystical powers of resurrection, responsible for bringing her back from the dead? That's exactly the case, as we see in the trailer above. Lotz teased her character's new form in a chat with Entertainment Weekly, saying,"There’s going to be some differences. There’s going to be some repercussions [from] whatever happened and it’s definitely going to make a difference in how she is."
Though we won't get any real answers for a while — The CW has slotted Legends of Tomorrow for a midseason, likely January/February, launch — we did get a clearer idea on what we can expect when it does hit the small screen. As a refresher, here is the official logline:
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 a ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
By nature of the story Pedowitz noted that the series will see characters traveling through time, both to the future and to the past — not dissimilar to the way in which time travel has been featured on The Flash.
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow debuts midseason on The CW.