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In about one week the new ensemble comics based series Legends Of Tomorrow will premiere on the CW, and like many fans I am wondering will it be a hit or a miss?
The recent proliferation of comic based tv shows is something we can all appreciate and enjoy (for the most part) and few people today have had more to do with that than television writer/director/producer Greg Berlanti. Berlanti is the creative mind behind the popular series Arrow (the more grounded substitute for the Batman series we all really want to see) and The Flash (the more fantastical successful and improved succeeder to the 1990 series). Berlanti seems to have the magic touch when it comes to adapting these characters into a modern take that is well liked by most fans of the genre.
That has not always been the case however, Berlanti was the co-writer and co-producer of the Green Lantern (2011) movie starring Ryan Reynolds which most fans agree was a pretty poor example of what a superhero movie should be, and the jury is still out on the Supergirl series, but a lot of fans don’t seem to think it is quite as good as was hoped for either. (Although personally i think it has shown signs of improvement since it began)
So far, that puts Berlanti in the win column as far as tv goes. As far as Legends Of Tomorrow goes, it shows signs of potentially being great. It has a stellar choice in villains in the person of Vandal Savage, the immortal and bad-ass baddie that has a history of taking on Superman and Batman too with varying degrees of success.
Its a departure from previous projects, being the first ensemble approach in the DC universe preceding the future Justice League movie planned for 2017. This sort of project has unique challenges of its own, as demonstrated in the Avengers films calling for a balanced approach to portraying multiple characters in a story which by definition becomes more complex.
Another issue that concerns me is the time travel wrinkle the show is based on. Time travel works in science fiction shows only sometimes, and sometimes it simply does not. It can become confusing and has a history of things getting lost in the shuffle when portraying the paradoxes inherent in traveling back and forth in the temporal stream.
The show features some interesting characters in the rag-tag team of heroes and has the novel approach of villains and good guys working together against a common foe, so i assume we can expect some betrayals and surprises along the way with the villains reverting to character at the worst possible moments. The characters are updated versions of some of the classic villains and heroes from the DC universe. The Atom, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, White Canary, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Firestorm, and Rip Hunter, the time traveller that brings them all together to save the world.
From Warner Brothers:
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends.
Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, 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 this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (The Flash, Alias); Brandon Routh (Arrow, Superman Returns); Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who); Caity Lotz (Arrow); Ciarra Renee (Pippin); Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow); with Dominic Purcell (The Flash, Prison Break); and Wentworth Miller (The Flash, Prison Break).
The show had me hooked when i saw the first promo for the series that included a gigantic robot foot crashing through the roof of a building immediately following a fight the team has just wrapped up with what i assume are Savage’s minions. That was all i needed to convince me to check it out. I will be following this show with interest. (unless it proves its not worth my time) Here’s hoping for the best. Be sure to check back here for updates following the premiere or the announcement of any relevant news regarding the show. The series premieres January 21, 2016 at 8pm and the first episode is planned to be slightly over one hour in length.
This is the trailer that got me hooked: