Love Arrow and The Flash, and all the secondary fan-favorite characters that come along with both shows? Well, you better not get too attached. At least a few of these DC Comics superheroes (or villains) may be killed off in the spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow. And some are going to find themselves transported to alternate timelines. When it comes to most superhero shows, while there is always the chance that anyone could die at any minute, there is also the feeling that the main heroes are safe from true harm. DC's Legends of Tomorrow show runner Phil Klemmer definitely wants to change that notion, and keep viewers on their toes.
Phil Klemmer describes the new DC superhero team-up as a limited event series, even though he hints that there will be multiple seasons. He likes to refer to it as an anthology. But it won't be an anthology like American Horror Story or True Detective. Instead, it will retain and push forward the narrative that is set up in previous seasons, with each run of episodes serving as it's own stand alone adventure. And not everyone is going to make it from year to year.
Speaking with ScreenRant, the show runner compared the series to Ocean's Eleven. He calls their first season a 'suicide mission', which brings the upcoming DC movie Suicide Squad to mind, especially since villains /flash-tv-series-captain-cold-heat-wave-posters/Heat Wave and Captain Cold are part of the team line-up. Phil Klemmer had this to say about the group's building tension, and how certain alliances will bring out the worst in people.
At a certain point, we will have darkness emerge and characters will betray one another and be tempted by the dark side. And others might not make it along for the full trip. And others might be lost in weird time periods."
Time-Traveling DC superhero Rip Hunter is being introduced in DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and he will be responsible for bringing Atom, White Canary, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, Firestorm and Hawkgirl together for an important mission. And it will incorporate the alternate timelines already established in The Flash's first season. Its likely that all of the Legends character will find themselves fighting evil in an unfamiliar era or location. And that could be their undoing. Phil Klemmer went onto explain how the show will set up a mythology that plays within the anthology framework. And he confirms that this will not be a 'mission of the week' type scenario.
"It's an anthology show. This is not designed to go forever. This season is meant to be standalone... I mean not as anthological as True Detective. But not everybody will be continuing on this journey... It's not going to begin Season 2 with us all hopping back on the same ship and like 'Let's get Vandal! Let's get him for real this time!' This is not traditional episodic television."
It's safe to say that Arrow and The Flash will be kept out of harms way, as they have their own CW series to contend with on a week-to-week basis, and it isn't even known how much they will participate in the first season's main story arc. Though, their presence will surely be felt looming over the entire operation. Everyone else, though, is prey for the picking. Who do you hope makes it to season 2? And are you ready for a show that wants and needs to get rid of its main characters? That formula seems to work wonders for The Walking Dead.