Who are DC’s Legends of Tomorrow?
Batman, Superman, Arrow, The Flash… I think it’s fairly safe to say we’re all well acquainted with DC’s legends of today. But what about the comics publisher’s Legends of Tomorrow? Faithful viewers of The Flash and Arrow will recognise at least a handful of these superpowered personalities, but for the uninitiated, or those in need of a refresher course, here’s a brief introduction to the stars of the new DC team-up show, Legends of Tomorrow, which premieres on Sky 1 this March 3rd.
Portrayed by: Victor Garber (Argo)
First Appearance: The Flash S1E13 “The Nuclear Man”
When the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator erupted, the life of physics professor Martin Stein was forever changed, as he found himself fused with the ghostly form of Caitlin Snow’s fiancé Ronnie Raymond. By developing a quantum ‘splicer,’ the S.T.A.R. Labs team allowed the two men to return to separate forms, however their bond demanded that they merge regularly or face nuclear meltdown. When Ronnie was lost to the singularity over Central City, Stein needed to find a new match with whom to create a new Firestorm…
Portrayed by: Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow)
First Appearance: The Flash S2E4 “The Fury of Firestorm”
Will you check out this lil’ cutie? Jefferson ‘Jax’ Jackson made his on-screen debut earlier in the current season of The Flash, where we learned how his plans for a professional football career were ruined by the particle accelerator’s blast wave, which sent him hurtling into a concrete wall (he’d been too busy saving the lives of others to seek safety for himself). The episode saw the team at S.T.A.R. Labs discovering that Jax was a metahuman match for Martin Stein, with whom he could merge to form Firestorm. Move over, Ronnie!
Portrayed by: Falk Hentschel (Transcendence)
First Appearance: The Flash S2E8 “Legends of Today”
Carter Hall/Khufu/Hawkman swooped onto the scene when he appeared earlier in this season of The Flash in search of his newly reincarnated lover and soulmate through numerous centuries, Kendra Saunders/Chay Ara, who is similarly locked in a cycle of death and reincarnation, and fleeing immortal/reincarnating villain Vandal Savage.
Portrayed by: Ciara Renée
First Appearance: The Flash S1E23 “Fast Enough”
When Kendra Saunders moved to Central City, she had no real explanation for her attraction to the place. She came across as a normal girl working in a local coffee shop, who later found a boyfriend in Cisco Ramon. Then Vandal Savage tracked her down, alerting her to the massive magical wings that grow from her back. It’s expected that more of Chay-Ara’s ancient combat skills and knowledge will surface as her memories of past lives return.
Portrayed by: Brandon Routh (Superman Returns)
First Appearance: Arrow S3E1 “The Calm”
Here’s a familiar face! Looking a bit like a chemical reaction has taken place between The Simpsons’s Radioactive Man and Marvel’s Iron Man, Ray Palmer is the first technology-based hero in the DC television universe. He’s also the CEO of Palmer Technologies, and used to date Felicity Smoak. Could his former flame be cropping up in the team-up show, we wonder?
Portrayed by: Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)
First Appearance: The Flash S1E4 “Going Rogue”
After acquiring a Cold Gun engineered within S.T.A.R. Labs (and taking the moniker of ‘Captain Cold’), criminal Leonard Snart set out to uncover the true identity of The Flash. Upon learning that he was police scientist Barry Allen, Snart and the hero came to an agreement: Snart would carry out his plans ensuring that no innocent people would be harmed in the process, and The Flash would keep his distance.
Portrayed by: Dominic Purcell (Prison Break)
First Appearance: The Flash S1E10 “Revenge of the Rogues”
Recruited by Leonard Snart when he needed some extra fire power against Central City’s new metahuman protector, pyromaniac Mick Rory’s weapon of choice is a portable flamethrower. We’re happy to see former Prison Break co-stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reunited once again!
Portrayed by: Caity Lotz (Mad Men)
First Appearance: Arrow S1E1 “Pilot”
Having started her role in Arrow as a romantic conquest of Oliver Queen’s, Sara Lance found a whole new calling for herself when she was recruited into the League of Assassins by Nyssa al Ghul, taking the name of ‘Canary’. Now swapping black for white, it seems Sara has a heroic career ahead of her.
Portrayed by: Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who)
First Appearance: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The freshest face in the team, Rip’s character – who has not yet been explored on television – was the star of the DC comic book series Rip Hunter… Time Master between 1961 and 1965, meaning that this will be Darvill’s second foray into time-travel. As a time master, Rip has witnessed the terrible future that will unravel thanks to Vandal Savage. To help preserve humanity’s future, he collects an assortment of heroes and villains.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on Sky 1 this March 3rd.
Check out the trailer for it here: