Legends Of Tomorrow EP Explains How Villains Fit In


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is going to team super heroes we’ve already seen on The Flash and Arrow, like the Atom, White Canary and Firestorm (or half of him, anyway) with newcomers like Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter. The group is also going to include two men who definitely aren’t heroes: the calculating Captain Cold and the volatile Heat Wave.

What gives? Executive producer Marc Guggenheim explained the thought process behind having two of the Flash’s Rogues in the mix during the Television Critics Association press tour, when he told Comic Book Resources that their inclusion begins with the men playing those roles.

"I think it’s a combination of a couple things: first of all, when you’ve got Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell and you don’t use them, that’s, like, criminal. That’s really what’s criminal. Like, you’ve got to make use of those guys. But also, it’s the virtue of having these X factors, these monkey wrenches in the works. It makes the whole situation very unpredictable."

Indeed, both Miller and Purcell are fan favorites from their time together on Prison Break, and their on-screen rapport makes the unlikely alliance between Captain Cold and Heat Wave that much more believable. They’re both on-board for that show’s revival, but Guggenheim didn’t know of any reason their availability would be lessened for Legends of Tomorrow or The Flash.

He also used an analogy to a very popular villain from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to relate how he thinks the two villains would give the group dynamic on the upcoming show an extra dose of entertainment value.

"And the show is so much richer for having these two guys in this group of superheroes. It’s almost like, if you did Avengers but you made Loki an Avenger. Can you imagine how much fun that would be? And that’s what it is. It gives you so much more story to tell. So you’ve got great actors, and you get a chance to use them in a way that is so interesting and so challenging."

We’ve seen Captain Cold on the side of the angels briefly in the pages of DC Comics, as he and Lex Luthor have kind of, sort of been members of the Justice League. His unusual code of honor makes him an interesting villain, and if his interactions with heroes on TV are half of fun as the ones he’s had with the likes of Wonder Woman in print, we could be in for a treat.

No premiere date has been announced yet for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but we know it’s coming to The CW in 2016.

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