When Legends of Tomorrow returns tonight for its second half of season two, it will be heavily focused on fleshing out the Legion of Doom which consists of Reverse-Flash, Malcolm Merlyn and Damien Darhk. We saw in the mid-season finale that the group is looking for the Spear of Destiny which they are planning to use to change reality which the Legends will get aware of soon enough. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Phil Klemmer, who is the executive producer and show-runner on the show, gave fans a big insight into what we can expect from the Legion of Doom in this back half of the season.
Klemmer went into great length to talk about how the set up for the Legion came about as they wanted all three of them to be big bads on equal levels, despite having been recruited by the Reverse-Flash. He points out that episode 10, appropriately titled “The Legion of Doom” will be an essential episode for the villainous group.
“That’s a great point. That’s why we had multiple baddies — we wanted it to be a den of vipers. We wanted to give them their own personal agendas. Yeah, the fun is the prospect of them buddy-f—ing each other. In episode 10, which is two episodes from now, it all reaches a head. The conflict among the three primary members of the Legion, it’s all about asymmetrical power. Eobard Thawne, the speedster, is the only one who is able to take them through time, he’s the one who brought the missions to them, he’s the one recruited them. He’s not stupid; he picked three people for a reason. There’s a reason they don’t build tables with three legs; they tend to collapse. That was integral to his plan. He didn’t do this out of the goodness of his heart, bringing on Merlin and Darhk.
But what we get to in episode 10 is the two lesser shareholders of the Legion; are they going to turn against each other, or are they going to team up? How do they find equality? When you’re dealing with a speedster and this guy who clearly has them by whatever sensitive part of the body you choose, how do you take back leverage? There’s a great twist in the episode because you realize the one thing that Eobard Thawne is scared of. They basically force him to confront that and force him to decide, “Either we help you, or you go it alone and you’re screwed.” In a way, the episode is all about a stronger Legion, because they finally find that everybody becomes a 33 percent shareholder, but I don’t think there’s a lot of shows where you can have an episode all told basically from the point of view of your bad guys. It’s every bit as much an episode of Legends as a normal episode.”
However, there is still a fourth member that is expected to join the group very soon as it was announced back at San Diego Comic-Con that Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold would somehow get recruited too. We have seen Miller’s character appear once this season, but as a hallucination to Mick Rory a.k.a. Heatwave. When asked for more details about which version we are getting, Klemmer hinted that this version of the famous Flash rogue will not be like the one that joined the Legends team last season.
“There is a version of Snart that we got to know in season 1, and he underwent an evolution. He died trying to save the team. From a moral sense, he would get the most improved award for the Legends. It doesn’t make any sense of the Legion to go and recruit a rehabilitated version of Snart. The one that we met this season isn’t the Snart we know and love.”
With Cold’s inevitable return, could his former partner Heatwave perhaps be lured back to the dark side? Or will he still remain as a member of the Legends? Klemmer spoke about how the return of Cold will definitely have a big impact on Heatwave.
“For Rory, that’s really interesting, because his loyalty transcends good and bad. He’s Snart’s partner. The one constant in his life is that they have each other’s backs. When he returns to our show, it’s most interesting for Rory, because it sets him up for a big backslide. Rory is so vociferous about, “I’m not a hero, I’m never going to change,” but I think his arc with Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) this season is pretty poignant, especially in the last episode you guys saw. She’s gotten under his skin. It’s not a romantic thing, but there’s a real Beauty and the Beast vibe that those two characters have. So when Snart comes back, it’s really a question of, “Who is Rory? Has he really made progress? Or is he going to slip into his old ways?”
Legends of Tomorrow will be moving to a new timeslot as of Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 2 for our weekly reviews.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly