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DC's Legends of Tomorrow, commonly known Legends of Tomorrow, is an American superhero action-adventure television series that aired on The CW from January 21, 2016, to March 2, 2022. It is a spin-off of superhero series Arrow and The Flash, which exist in the same fictional universe.

On April 2, 2018, it was renewed for a 16-episode fourth season, which aired from October 22, 2018, to May 20, 2019. The CW renewed DC's Legends of Tomorrow for a fifth season on January 31, 2019, running from January 14, 2020, to June 2, 2020. On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a sixth season, which premiered on May 2, 2021, and concluded on September 5, 2021. On February 3, 2021, the network confirmed a seventh season, which premiered on October 13, 2021, and concluded on March 2, 2022.[1]

On April 29, 2022, The CW abruptly cancelled the series after seven seasons.[2]

Summary

Time Master Rip Hunter goes rogue after Vandal Savage murders Hunter's family. Intending to stop Savage, Hunter recruits a team consisting of Ray Palmer / The Atom, Sara Lance / White Canary, Martin Stein and Jefferson "Jax" Jackson, who together become the hero Firestorm, Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl, Carter Hall / Hawkman, Leonard Snart / Captain Cold, and Mick Rory / Heat Wave. They discover that the Time Masters are backing Savage in his domination of the world in 2166 to facilitate a successful repulsion of a Thanagarian invasion. Due to Snart's sacrifice, the Time Masters are destroyed.

In season two, with the Time Masters defeated, the team are left to guard the timeline themselves, and learn to cope in Rip's absence after he disappears. However, they are continually plagued by the Legion of Doom, a time-travelling supervillain team led by Reverse Flash (Eobard Thawne), who has recruited past versions of Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, and Leonard Snart to help him find the Spear of Destiny of Biblical fame, with which they can rewrite their fates. The team is joined by new members Amaya Jiwe / Vixen, an African superhero from 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America, and Nate Heywood / Steel, a modern-day historian with the power to become solid metal.

Cast

Main cast

  • Victor Garber as Martin Stein/Firestorm (seasons 1-3, special appearance season 7)
  • Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom (seasons 1-5, special appearance season 7)
  • Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter (seasons 1-2, special guest season 3, special appearance season 7)
  • Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (seasons 1-present)
  • Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson/Firestorm (seasons 1-3, special appearance season 7)
  • Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (season 1)
  • Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall/Hawkman (season 1, special appearance season 7)
  • Amy Pemberton as Gideon (voice) (seasons 1-present)
  • Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave (seasons 1-present, guest season 7)
  • Wentworth Miller as Lenard Snart/Captain Cold (season 1, special guest season 2-7) & Leo Snart/Citizen Cold (special appearance season 3)
  • Matt Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash (season 2)
  • Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (seasons 2-3) & Clotho/Charlie (seasons 4-5)
  • Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood/Citizen Steel (seasons 2-present)
  • Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz/Z (seasons 3-6) & Zari Tarazi/Z (seasons 5-present)
  • Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West/Kid Flash (season 3)
  • Matt Ryan as John Constantine (seasons 4-6, special appearance season 3)
  • Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe (seasons 4-present, recurring season 3)
  • Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk/Fairy Godmother (seasons 4-5, recurring season 3, special appearance season 7)
  • Ramona Young as Mona Wu/Wolfie (season 4, special guest season 5)
  • LaMonica Garrett as Mobius/Anti-Monitor (season 5, special appearance season 4)
  • Olivia Swann as Astra Logue (seasons 5-present, guest season 4)
  • Shayan Sobhian as Behrad Tarazi/B (season 6-present, recurring season 5, guest season 4)
  • Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza "Spooner" Cruz (season 6-present)
  • Adam Tsekhman as Gary Green (season 6-present, recurring seasons 3-5)

Series overview

Season No. of episodes Originally aired Time slot Average ratings
First aired Last aired Rating
(18-49)
Viewers (millions)
1 16 January 21, 2016 May 19, 2016 Thursdays 8/7c 0.8 2.17[3]
2 17 October 13, 2016 April 4, 2017 0.6 1.81[4]
Tuesdays 9/8c
3 18 October 10, 2017 April 9, 2018 0.5 1.50[5]
Mondays 8/7c
4 16 October 22, 2018 May 20, 2019 Mondays 9/8c 0.3 0.95[6]
Mondays 8/7c
5 15 January 14, 2020 June 2, 2020 Tuesdays 9/8c 0.2 0.76[7]
6 15 May 2, 2021 September 5, 2021 Sundays 8/7c 0.2 0.42[8]
7 13 October 13, 2021 March 2, 2022 Wednesdays 8/7c 0.1


Production

Development

In January 2015, co-creator Greg Berlanti stated that there were "very early" preliminary talks for an additional spin-off series centered on Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh), from Arrow and The Flash. In February 2015, it was reported that a spin-off series, described as a superhero team-up show, was in discussion by The CW for a possible 2015–16 midseason release. Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Sarah Schechter would serve as executive producers. The potential series would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash, including Palmer, Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber). Caity Lotz was also mentioned to be among the main cast. There would be potential for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new series, and the series would be casting "three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series".

Reception

Critical reception

The pilot was well-reviewed for its potential. Russ Burlingame from ComicBook.com praised it saying, "The series delivers a sharp, enjoyable pilot that's arguably the most attention-grabbing and entertaining from any of the current crop of superhero shows." Jesse Schedeen of IGN gave the first part of the pilot episode a 7.7/10, praising the show's "epic scope", "fun character dynamics", and Arthur Darvill's performance; and gave the second part of the pilot a 8.4/10, saying it "improved in its sophomore episode thanks to great character dynamics and superhero action".

However, review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the complete first season an only 58% approval rating, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 36 reviews. The website's consensus reads: "Fancy effects, comic-book nostalgia, and an alluring cast help keep it afloat, but DC's Legends of Tomorrow suffers from an overloaded cast of characters that contribute to a distractingly crowded canvas." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 58 out of 100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a 77% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.1/10 based on 13 reviews. The website's consensus reads: "Though the narrative remains too ambitious, DC's Legends of Tomorrow enjoys a freer creative arc with the removal of problem characters."

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