And so the second season of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow is about to sneak up on us against – and let’s be fair about this – most folks’ expectations. Off all the entrants into Greg Berlanti’s Arrowverse last season, the antics of the crew of the Waverider – a sort of Misfits of Science Fiction – proved the most divisive and patchy. But with a bolt-from-the-blue cliffhanger, new cast members, and an insane number of guest villains promised for the sophomore season – and a crossover to end all crossovers planned for the autumn – things may be looking up for the show. Here’s everything we – and you – need to know about season two…
Following the destruction of the Occulus by Captain Cold last season, which left the Time Masters impotent, reality has been left undefended. As a result, and as hinted at by Rip Hunter’s warning that someone needs to protect history, the Legends are now taking on that role, protecting Earth’s past and future from manipulation by time travelling criminals.
“The Legends appointed themselves because we knew we wanted them to basically be acting as time cops,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Collider. “That’s fundamentally what they’re doing, and that structure, while loose, helps focus us.”
But the new series will also see them facing both a lot more villains, both in terms of an ongoing story arc and with appearances from familiar foes from the rest of the Arrow universe’s rogues galleries. As revealed at the end of the last season, the Justice Society of America – the original comics superhero team – will be featuring, not least as a square-jawed, clean cut contrast to the jumble sale table of heroes Rip gathered last year.
We’ve also got two new regulars joining in place of Ciara Renee and Falk Hentschel, the Hawk duo.
Well, the last season ended with the reveal that the Justice Society of America was in town, and in some way set to have interaction with the Legends of Tomorrow. JSA vs LOT. There’s your Countdown Conundrum.
But that revelation and new cast announcements mean we can expect to see a whole bunch more DC characters joining the show…
- Hourman – as seen at the end of season one, warning the gang not to get in the Waverider, Patrick J Adams plays the Rex Tyler version of the character, a founder member of the JSA who in the comics boasts superhuman strength and speed.
- Vixen – but not the Megan EK version who showed up in Arrow, and will continue to appear in her own web cartoon, unavailable because of her other work commitments. Instead, Maisie Richardson-Sellars will join as Amaya Jiwe, the grandmother of Mari McCabe.
- Obsidian – Lance Heinriksen plays Todd Rice, who, in the comics was the son of the original Green Lantern, who can merge his body with his own shadow. But let’s be honest, the big appeal here is that it’s Lance Heinriksen. What more do you want?
- Comander Steel/Citizen Steel – iZombie star Matthew MacCaull will play the former, an enhanced former soldier by the name of Henry Heywood who was injured during World War 2 and given bionic support by scientists,. His grandson, historian Dr Nate Heywood will join the show as a regular, played by Nick Zano. Presumably Nate and Amaya are the replacements for the Hawk pair…
- Stargirl – Sarah Grey, another iZombie alumni, will be seen as the JSA’s Courtney Whitmore, wielding a cosmic staff that gives her flight and power to manipulate energy.
- Dr Mid-Nite – a superhero physician from the JSA, still to be cast. In the comics he’s blind, but given the success of Daredevil on Netflix it will interesting to see if they keep that disability in place. We’ve already had a hint of him being about with his orbs showing up in Rip Hunter’s office on the Waverider in season one
“For season two of Legends, we decided that the perfect antagonist for TV’s first-ever team of Super Heroes would be TV’s first-ever team of Super-Villains, recruited from the ranks of Arrow and The Flash’s deadliest adversaries,” said the show’s executive producer Marg Guggenheim. “Being huge fans of Challenge Of The Super Friends, we’ve come to call this group our ‘Legion of Doom.’”
And here was us thinking they were fans of late 80s WWF tag teams.
- Despite apparently sacrificing himself to save the team at the tail end of series one, expect to see Wentworth Miller back as Leonard (Captain Cold) Snart.
- Like Miller, Neal McDonough and John Barrowman have signed cross-universe deals, so Damien Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn will also be around to challenge the team.
- Expect to see Reverse-Flash being an antagonist for our rag tag group of heroes, with Matt Letscher reprising his role from The Flash season two, to round off the Legion of Doom.
- As well as the rogues from elsewhere in the Berlantiverse, expect to see a bigger threat behind the scenes for the team – although it won’t be the alien race of the Thanagarians, as hinted at the end of the first series. “The season two big bad is actually not going to be the Thanagarians,” insisted Guggenheim. “It’s going to be something else entirely.”
Random plot points
- The first four episodes are called “Out Of Time”, “The Justice Society Of America”, “Shogun” and Abominations”. We’re kinda guessing the image below is from the third episode. Just a hunch.
- The show starts six months after the last episode, meaning the cliffhanger won’t be resolved straight away.
- Last season’s losses will take their toll on Rip Hunter, with Arthur Darvill revealing at Comic Con: “He’s got a real internal sadness, no matter what’s happening. He’s lost so much and failed so hard. It’s something that he’ll never be able to get back.”
- Expect to see Jonathan Schaech’s Jonah Hex pop back up after his appearance in the first season.
- Likewise Oliver Queen should show up, not least because the show’s continuing to keep Star City as a modern day touchstone – where he is, of course, now mayor…
- The Justice Society of America storyline will feature the gang back in the 1940s.
- Hawkgirl and Hawkman won’t feature prominently in the show now Savage has gone. “When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories.,” said Guggenheim. “Bringing them back to the team as soon as the the beginning of season two felt premature.”
- That said, the producers Tweeted out a picture of hieroglyphics with the Waverider flying over some pyramids, so a trip to the Hawk Couple’s origins in ancient Egypt seems likely.
- A new love interest for Sara Lance is on the cards. “I think Sara might get a new girlfriend,” Caity Lotz said in an interview.
- Oh, and there’s THAT crossover still to come…