While the next season of Legends of Tomorrow is still roughly a year away, members of the cast and crew offered a few teases regarding what executive producer Grainee Godfrey said will be a “bigger and zanier” year for the time traveling DC heroes.
As teased by Sara Lance’s (Caity Lotz) abduction at the end of last season, the show will use aliens as its big thematic backdrop. Fellow EP and co-showrunner Keto Shimizu said their take on ETs will be “different” from Supergirl and its more dramatic metaphor. One can practically imagine episodes riffing on books like Communion and movies like Aliens. Sara’s abduction means she will be away from the rest of the cast, but both Godfree and Shimizu assured viewers that Lotz is still very much a member of the cast.
But with the Waverider captain gone, some of the Legends stories will see the “kids kind of go crazy,” as Godfree put it. Unlikely people will have to step up even as co-captain Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) “gets frayed.” Will it finally be Mick Rory’s (Dominic Purcell) time to shine? His absence from recent cast lists leaves us in doubt.
Perhaps the unlikely person will be Behrad (Shayan Sobhian). Spared from death at the end of last season, the now permanent Legend will confront unresolved issues from growing up in his sister Zari’s (Tala Ashe) shadow. For her part, Zari will remain in her “2.0” influencer configuration, although Ashe said she was ready to play both versions of the character whenever possible.
Maybe John Constantine (Matt Ryan) will step up. Ryan was happy to see John finally resolve his grief about Astra (Olivia Swann) as it is an element of the character touched upon in every version of the character he’s played in other shows and animated projects. And though it seems John himself may finally be happy, Ryan said, “I love the idea of John being unhappy about him being happy.” But with Astra living with him at the Constantine mansion, it is possible his happiness may be muted by her human-raised-in-Hell antics.
It could also be Nate’s (Nick Zano) time to be an adult. But the only mentions of his future the actor or the producers made included a planned “acknowledgement” of his terrible love life and a growing difficulty for Nate to be the most positive member of the team.
Then again, the unlikeliest contender may be new Legend Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz (Lisseth Chavez). As we reported on Saturday, the character survived an alien abduction and lives off the grid while inventing instruments meant to track the very same creatures she’s trying to avoid. Godfree said the character will not be a “lovable loser” like the rest of the Legends, but we expect — much like Zari and Ava before her — Spooner will learn to be a bit of a ne’er-do-well before long.
Of course we could be totally wrong and Gary (Adam Tsekhman) learns to lead the group. Stranger things have happened on the show, but we’ll have to wait until The CW’s “mid-season 2021” to find out.