CW brought its army of cast and crew behind the new DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to the TCA today, braving critics’ questions like this: How many superhero series would it take to make networks say “enough?”
Now, Veteran Reporters Who Cover TV know network execs never announce “enough” – that falls to viewers (or lack thereof). Still, Legends EP Geoff Johns took a stab at answering: “Personally I don’t think there is a saturation point,” he said, but the networks will stop only when “they feel they’ve got enough great shows out there.” And, no, networks “don’t want to have all superhero shows.”
Legends of Tomorrow assembles characters from Arrow and The Flash, and sprinkles in a few new characters, a la Avengers. A couple TCA panels prior to this one, CW chief Mark Pedowitz described the new series as “fun,” “big,” and “lighter than Arrow and The Flash.“
Johns reminded the TCA crowd that “hundreds” of comic books published monthly, “and have been for decades. The ones that really survive have different worlds to explore and emotional underpinnings for real life.” Asked the underlying metaphor of Legends of Tomorrow, he responded, simply, “Destiny.”
With a cast including Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow premieres January 21 at 8 PM, followed by the return of post-apocalyptic drama The 100 at 9 PM.