TV Review: The CW’s ‘DC’s Legends OF Tomorrow’ First Impressions

As part of next year’s television season, The CW announced the addition of another comic book themed series to its midseason lineup, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Legends of Tomorrow is a team-up show, spinning off from events and characters featured in the network’s two other big properties, Arrow and The Flash. Like those programs, Legends of Tomorrow is developed by the same team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim, which bodes well for the project’s life.

So, what does all this mean exactly?

Well, from the trailer for the Legends of Tomorrow pilot, we find our way into the show through those same properties, with Arrow and Flash, and other characters from the Flash universe: Victor Garber’s Firestorm, Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave, and Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold. We also meet more characters from the DC Comic stable, as the show introduces Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), White Canary (Caity Lotz), and The Atom (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns), who appears to be the central figure of the team/show.

It’s unclear exactly how this group bands together from the trailer, but they are all visited by a time traveler by the name of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who provides the team with someone to punch: a villian named Vandal Savage, whom they must defeat and become legends in the process.

The trailer is all about putting the action foot forward, full of some pretty cool action sequences and special effects. We get to observe each team member separately and realting together. Legends of Tomorrow is built on an ensemble, so the show will succeed based on how well these characters blend and the chemistry of the cast.

While I haven’t caught any of Arrow, but I LOVE the Flash series, I’m wondering just how much of this attempt to construct a larger television universe will affect the source shows. Arrow’s been goign strong now for a number of seasons, yet Flash has only one under its speedy belt. Still, Legends of Tomorrow offers things I like: big, comic book action and mythologies, and Arthur Darvill back on television, who played Rory on Doctor Who.

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