Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Premiere Date Confirmed, Plus More Details
News Mike Cecchini
6/17/2016 at 2:36PM
Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 will premiere on Thursday, October 13th.
As for what kind of shape the show might take? Well, that's another story. The showrunners have made it clear that not everyone will make it out of season one alive. So who knows what the team will look like when Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 comes around...it could be pretty different! Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Phil Klemmer spoke with IGN, and he told them how they're "determined to make every part of Season 2 feel like its own show. Episode 201 will very much be a new pilot with new good guys, new bad guys, new stakes, new dynamics, new goals. The team will basically have to find a new purpose."
Mr. Klemmer elaborated that the second season will see the team "no longer going to be hunted by Time Masters. They're no longer going to be burdened with having to save the world. It's no longer going to be about saving Miranda and Jonas... it's going to have a much, much different tone because our Legends are going to have a totally different purpose... There will be new faces and new everything."
As for what kind of shape the season will take, Marc Guggenheim told TV Line... (Legends) was always designed to be this hybrid, serialized/anthology show. We always said that each year would be its own distinct movie — almost to the point that you could give each season a subtitle. So we’ve got the same objective for next year and I think it’s really cool and exciting. It will have a very clear beginning, middle and end, much the same way Season 1 did. But it’ll be constructed a little bit differently, in so far as this first season was a pilot coming off of the Arrow/Flash crossover, so the villain was already set up. We weren’t able to roll things out with the mystery that we typically like to do on the shows. This will be a bit more of a cold start, which is exciting for us.
Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Cast and New Characters
There will be at least two new heroes joining the team for Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. TV Line has the earliest details, and they're vague, but not so vague that we can't have some fun with speculation.
Let's take 'em one at a time...
"A male in his late-20s to mid-30s is being sought to play a guy who grew up in the shadow of his World War II hero grandfather and has used a Han Solo-like facade to conceal his insecurity — until, that is, the development of super powers enables him to live up to his family legacy."
Whenever anyone says "World War II hero" in the context of a show that specializes in obscure DC Comics superheroes, I always have to think of Sgt. Rock. But I wonder if the answer is less obvious here. In the comics, Damage is the son of original Atom, Al Pratt, something that could easily be fudged for "grandson" on this show. Just something that crossed my mind, especially in light of tonight's JSA reveal with Rex Tyler/Hourman (played by Patrick J. Adams). Unless, of course, that's who this description refers to.
And then there's this one...
"the female member of an elite paramilitary team living in the 1940s. An African-American, she is scrutinized in her time for both her gender and race and thus has worked twice as hard to be a perfect soldier. That said, she blames herself for — and aims to avenge — the death of a team member for whom she had repressed feelings."
The only key I'm seeing here is "an elite paramilitary team." Could this be a member of the Blackhawks? Megalyn E.K. has been well received as Mari "Vixen" McCabe both on the CW animated Vixen series, and in her guest appearance in live action on Arrow season 4. Vixen is joining up with the crew of the Waverider for Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, but because of the actresses' other commitments, she won't be available (she'll continue to voice Vixen on season two of her animated series, though).
The solution? We're going to meet an earlier version of Vixen. Not necessarily a younger version of Mari McCabe, but an entirely different character in possession of the animal totem that grants her powers. The show is currently casting the role, and production on season two will likely begin in July. Thanks to TV Insider for the details.
Another Justice Society member is coming to Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. Nick Zano (Minority Report) will play Dr. Nate Heywood, described by Deadline as "a historian whose grandfather was Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America."
While the Steel legacy in DC Comics stretches back decades, the Nate Heywood version of the character was introduced in 2007, during Geoff Johns' tenure as writer on Justice Society. While his grandfather was cybernetically enhanced, Nate ended up being composed of living metal, with all of the advantages and drawbacks that brings with it. It's not clear how far they're taking that element of the character for the show.
It's also not clear if this is the same character from an earlier casting breakdown, "A male in his late-20s to mid-30s is being sought to play a guy who grew up in the shadow of his World War II hero grandfather and has used a Han Solo-like facade to conceal his insecurity — until, that is, the development of super powers enables him to live up to his family legacy."
We'll find out soon enough. It doesn't look like Hawkman and Hawkgirl will return, for obvious reasons. Certainly not as regulars, although there's a chance they'll be back for guest spots.
And yes, Brandon Routh will be back as Ray Palmer. He told us "As far as I know, I’m back. I haven’t heard otherwise!"
As for the villain? You can expect a "much, much bigger threat" this time around. More details on that here.
We'll update this with more information as we get it.