“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” aims to kill bad guy Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), but will the heroes ever get to successfully do it? And if so, what’s next for them? Co-creator Marc Guggenheim has provided answers and spoilers to the fate of the show, including how they would address a “Prison Break” line for either Dominic Purcell or Wentworth Miller to say.
Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) had a clear goal in mind when he travelled from the future to the year 2016 and kidnapped a group of heroes and villains: to kill the immortal Vandal so he wouldn’t be able to wreak havoc in the future, Rip’s present time. But three episodes on, the disparate group still couldn’t kill the show’s ultimate villain. As frustrating that sounds, it’s actually not a bad thing. The viewers are still getting to know the individual characters and the show hasn’t even reached half of its 16-episode season yet.
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But the questions remains: How will the show hold the viewers’ interest for that long if the group only has one objective?
“Very simply, by the fact that they do not try to go after Vandal Savage and fail each week,” Guggenheim told EW their plan to prolong everyone’s attention. “We recognise that it could very easily become this Sisyphean exercise and be really boring for the audience.”
Case in point is the next episode, titled “White Knights” (Friday at 7:30 p.m. AEDT on Fox8). Guggenheim revealed that the group will not capture or kill Vandal in that episode. “Similarly, 105, 106, 107, in none of those episodes is their primary objective to capture or kill Vandal,” he said, referring to fifth, sixth and seventh episodes.
He further explained that in the episodes where they will try to kill the ultimate villain, the episodes play out very differently. Although immortal, Vandal can still be killed, but by specific items and by specific people. Kendra (Ciara Renée), a.k.a. Hawkgirl, can eradicate Vandal’s existence once and for all, but she must use an artefact from the event in the past that gave Vandal immortality, and her and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) power to reincarnate.
Vandal has an end as well, but Guggenheim is tight-lipped how that will happen. He revealed, though, that Vandal’s storyline will be resolved by the end of the first season.
In the last episode, the group – Rip, Kendra, Professor Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax (Franz Drameh), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), and Mick Rory (Purcell) and Leonard Snart (Miller) – left 1975 to travel to the ‘80s. As Guggenheim said, the fourth episode will have three separate movements in that decade, with episodes 4 and 5 considered a two-parter.
And the fifth episode is where the producers can finally use a “Prison Break”-inspired line since it would involve a prison break scene. Purcell and Miller, who play accomplices Rory (Heat Wave) and Snart (Captain Cold) respectively, both came from the top-rating series “Prison Break,” which bowed down from air in 2009. Fans of the now-defunct drama series were delighted to learn the two were cast in the superhero show, and as partners to boot! So it’s just right that there should be witty reference to the two’s past job in “LoT.”
“And, as one would expect, a very terrific line regarding that. I said to the writers, ‘If we’re going to do a prison break episode, that’s perfectly fine, but we better come up with a goddamn funny line for either Dominic or Wentworth to say, or we’re all fired,” Guggenheim continued to EW. He’s probably right. Fans will never forgive them if they messed that up.
Before that episode, though, viewers will see the Firestorm team in trouble. Stein and Jax, who make up the superhero Firestorm together, will explore and learn more about the dynamics of their partnership, with Jax realising he’s getting the short end of the stick, and Stein developing a more empathetic understanding of Jax’s feelings.
Ray will also attempt to bond with Soviet scientist Valentina Vostock (guest star Stephanie Corneliussen), hoping to learn about Vandal’s next move. As requested by Rip, Sara will train Kendra to fight better.
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