The newest superhero show spinning off from ‘Arrow‘ on The CW debuted this month. The highly anticipated ‘Legends Of Tomorrow‘ featuring ‘Arrow’ Season 2’s White Canary and Season 3’s Ray Palmer (The Atom) teaming up with a bevy of supporting characters introduced from Season 1 of ‘The Flash‘ such as Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, Hawkman all under the command of ‘Legends’ debuting character Rip Hunter who is a time traveler with a single goal: stop Vandal Savage (who debuted in the most recent ‘Arrow’ / ‘The Flash’ crossover) from coming to power and killing Hunter’s wife and child.
At first look there is so much to like about ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’!! After all, the team of Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti have knocked it out of the park with their other DC Comics based offerings both on The CW (‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’) and on CBS with the freshman season of ‘Supergirl‘. Add in the amazing cast of already established fan favorites such as Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Wentworth Miller but also bringing in ‘Doctor Who‘ alum Arthur Darvill as time-traveling Rip Hunter is enough to make any fanboy or fangirl “squeee!” with joy. The final icing on the cake is that with the premise of time travel and alternate realities, there is the promise of weaving a great deal of the rich history of DC Comics into the show (I.E. It’s already rumored that Lobo and Constantine may show up at some point.) Sooooo why is it that I didn’t feel that same electric buzz that comes from watching the already established shows? ***SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT***
First of all, the story of Hawkman and Hawkgirl seems to me to be a little….. dull. I get it! They’re the reason why Vandal Savage is in this at all. (Such a long story. Like…. thousands of years and 206 lives long story.) So in the second half of the two-part premiere when Hawkman is killed at the hands of Vandal Savage, I was almost relieved. On paper, Hawkman is a solid character and very interesting. That being said, he’s never had a comic book series last longer than 49 issues. There have been at least 5 attempts. Now with him out of the way, maybe Hawkgirl will become a more interesting character and the show will take a sharper turn.
My other issue was with the show’s treatment of Ray Palmer / The Atom. The character we’re seeing is the Silver Age incarnation but he’s obviously been adapted and tweaked for the 21st century. (Since there are hardly any land lines around these days, it’s unlikely we’ll see him traveling from place-to-place through the telephone system as he used to do in the comics.) Clearly Ray Palmer is a genius and clearly Brandon Routh is a solid and entertaining actor. I’m just hoping that the character eventually evolves from the Dudly Do-Right bumbling tech genius into the confident and capable superhero that we all know The Atom to be.
Now given these criticisms, I am still delighted by the show and very intrigued to see where it goes from here. As I alluded to earlier on, there is virtually no limit to where it can go or what they can do which I find very thrilling. Every show struggles in the beginning but because I didn’t notice any huge problems right out of the gate with ‘Arrow’ and because ‘The Flash’ really hit the ground running (pun intended), perhaps I was expecting just a bit more from ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ from square one. Or maybe it’s because Kreisberg and Berlanti have done such brilliant work in the past that my expectations were higher than they should have been going in to this one. In any case, I have no doubt that this will certainly be a show that will gain steam as it progresses with a cast that is more than up to the challenge of carrying on the DC Comics legacy that their small screen offerings have demonstrated thus far.