This past weekend, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow executive producer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told the assembled journos at TCA that he did not believe there was a saturation point for superheroes on television. I agree. But, as my video review says, the CW’s new anticipated team-up series that debuts January 21 sure feels like it has too many fast-moving pieces and would-be legends.
With strong performances from Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Victor Garber as half of Firestorm plus the inevitable appearances from Grant Gustin’s Flash and Stephen Amell’s Arrow to come, Legends Of Tomorrow could prove well worth sticking around for. However, it needs to find its footing and, with sometimes uneven pacing, take it a bit more one day at a time for the fun to begin and the potential to be mined.
Part of that is the inevitable process of the Arrow and Flash spinoff from Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg is finding its own identity. Teased on Arrow and Flash’s most recent annual crossover, the Legends are brought together on the series by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to jump across time and stop the destruction to come of villainous immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
There are many opportunities there but, at least from what I’ve seen, it’s wasted with a visit to the way overused 1970s and too much time giving everyone screen time. While Prison Break alum Miller and Alias vet Garber (who played his Dr. Martin Stein character on Flash) are solid foundations for the show, it’s hard to get a handle on the other Legends between the seemingly endless set-up, battle scenes and one hell of a bar brawl. There’s Arrow’s White Canary, played by Caity Lotz; former Superman Brandon Routh as The Atom; Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave; Ciara Renée, who also appeared on several episodes of The Flash, as Hawkgirl; Falk Hentschel as Hawkman; and Franz Drameh as the other half of Firestorm. When CW boss Mark Pedowitz called Legends a mash-up of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Doctor Who at TCA, he wasn’t kidding – though it would do the WBTV-produced series a favor not to make its influences so obvious.
So take a look at my video review of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow and tell us what you think? Are you going to join the team?