Marvel may be racking in the cash on the big screen, but it would seem that DC rules the roost when it comes to television. Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and now DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shows that these superheroes are killing it on the box.
Legends of Tomorrow has a lightness of touch that makes it fun viewing. It’s not the greatest show on earth but it’s a fun comic book romp that manages some decent production value on a relatively low budget. A sort of time-travelling X-Men, the Legends of Tomorrow are a team of superheroes, villains and other ‘ne’er-do-wells who are tasked by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) with protecting the world from the evil Vandal Savage (with a name like that, he was never going to be a boy scout).
A spin-off from Arrow and the Flash, Legends of Tomorrow weaves through the DC Comics universe, touching many elements from the pantheon (it even features Jonah Hex). This is the same type of world building that’s happening on the big screen with Dawn of Justice and Justice League and it feels very organic here. There’s plenty of time and room to make the pieces fit together – and don’t be surprised if Supergirl somehow fits into the mix come season two.
There’s an eclectic cast on display within the confines of Legends of Tomorrow with Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz and even John Barrowman (yes that John Barrowman) putting in an appearance. I’ll admit, it’s pretty weird seeing former Superman Brandon Routh playing Atom, the DC Universe version of Ant-Man (albeit with a better name). I’ve always thought that Routh made for a great Superman/Clark Kent in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns and it’s something of a shame that his run as the Man of Steel was cut short. Legends of Tomorrow is all about alternate timelines and somewhere Routh is still fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
A passionate attempt to bring comic books to life, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow works for those who like don’t like a lot of darkness to their superheroes. The show zips along at a fast pace and it has the potential to grow with subsequent seasons. It’s a fun time passer that doesn’t require too much attention, but it’s hardly a show that will keep you burning through multiple episodes in a row (though that isn’t always a bad thing).
A wealth of behind the scenes pieces which look at how they bring the shows complex timeline to life,a gag reel, a Comic Con panel and a look at the Jonah Hex ‘The Magnificent Eight’ episode. Good stuff.