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THIS WEEK we look at the tone of â€œDCâ€™s Legends of Tomorrow,â€ and then I ask you to paint me a picture of your ideal â€œBatman v Superman.â€
How â€œLegends of Tomorrowâ€ Will Compare to â€œArrowâ€ and â€œFlashâ€
2016 is the year of the DC fan. In the span of one short year, weâ€™ll be able to enjoy two huge blockbuster films based on our favorite DC characters, and in addition, weâ€™ll be watching five DC television shows including â€œGotham,â€ â€œArrow,â€ â€œThe Flash,â€ â€œSupergirl,â€ and finally, â€œDCâ€™s Legends of Tomorrow.â€
The advent of â€œLegends of Tomorrowâ€ comes on the heels of such successful shows as â€œArrowâ€ and â€œThe Flash,â€ and is itself set in the same universe. That being said, we canâ€™t exactly expect the show to fall in line with either of its predecessors in terms of tone and style. â€œThe Flashâ€ itself, when it spun off of â€œArrowâ€ boasts a completely different tone, one thatâ€™s a great deal more lighthearted and fun, so it’s natural that we can expect something a bit different from this new show.
So what can we expect out of â€œLegends of Tomorrowâ€ in this regard?
At the recent panel at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour, members of the cast and crew had a chance to explain many of these things (via Collider).
The first to speak was actor Arthur Darvill, who plays the time-traveling Rip Hunter in the series. In his comment, he addresses the intentionally lighthearted tone the series is shooting for, as well as Ripâ€™s perspective in the series.
â€œI think only through lightness does the darkness get highlighted. And I think Rip does have a sense of humorâ€¦ Rip only expects this show to last for one episode. And when it starts to kind of fall apart, heâ€™s really frustrated. But he doesnâ€™t want to spend any time with these people. He hasnâ€™t chosen it because he likes them, and there is a job to do, so I enjoy the balance.â€
Producer Phil Klemmer goes on to explain how the dynamic of the show is also founded in the conflict, which makes sense. Ask most people their favorite moments in â€œThe Avengers,â€ and itâ€™s likely the scenes where the personalities of these big characters clash in entertaining ways.
â€œI mean, Mick Rory (a.k.a. Heat Wave), for instance, not to single anyone out, is just like a bull in a china shop. He couldnâ€™t care about the future. And, you know, the fun comes from these people, you know, not just trying to pull together to, you know, save the world, but having to like exist on a spaceship together. And, to me, thatâ€™s like some of the most fun, is just them ?? because itâ€™s like the most dysfunctional family you can imagine.â€
â€œCharacters like Mick Rory, and Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), to help Ray see the other side of life, and to kind of find some balance, because sometimes positivity needs to be grounded a little bit,â€ actor Brandon Routh (who plays Ray Palmer/The Atom) added. â€œBut itâ€™s a lot of fun to be able to bring that type of energy to the show.â€
â€œIâ€™ve definitely noticed a big difference,â€ actress Caity Lotz said (who plays Sara Lance/White Canary).
â€œI mean, Arrow can be pretty dark. And Sara, out of all the characters, was pretty dark; [there was] a lot of weight and a lot of heaviness to her. And with â€˜Legends,â€™ thereâ€™s a levity that Sara never got to live in before. And I think after dying and coming back to life, and sheâ€™s kind of seen it all. And thereâ€™s like a new attitude that she gets to have where itâ€™s like whatever goesâ€¦ Itâ€™s been a nice exploration in finding that with Sara, kind of the levity and the lighter moments.â€
So all in all, if the trailers werenâ€™t enough evidence, Iâ€™d say this falls squarely in more â€œFlashâ€ territory than in â€œArrowâ€ territory in terms of tone. More than anything, it looks to be a fun ride for all involved. But, of course, the eternal question is whether or not the aforementioned series will cross over with â€œLegends.â€ In one of my past columns, I mention some of executive producer Greg Berlantiâ€™s comments, and how he seemed intent on keeping the series separated from the other two. Now, the EP seems a little less stringent on that ruling.
â€œBecause theyâ€™re a band of time-traveling rogues, as it were, itâ€™s harder for â€˜Arrowâ€™ and â€˜Flashâ€™ to be connected story-wise to it throughout the season. That being said, if you know the histories of â€˜Arrowâ€™ and â€˜Flash,â€™ it should be, you know, extra fun in its own way as we delve deeper and deeper into the charactersâ€™ livesâ€¦ I would say the same thing applies if you like comic books or donâ€™t like comic books, in general, hopefully, the show in and of itself is interesting and dynamic for the people that just show up.â€
What do you think of the comments on the new series and the overall intended tone? Let us know your thoughts below!
â€œDCâ€™s Legends of Tomorrowâ€ premieres on the CW on January 21, 2016.
Make Your Very Own â€œBatman v Supermanâ€
With the impending release of â€œBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,â€ I, along with many fans, are over-the-moon excited for the first official film in the DC Cinematic Universe (or as WB is trying to coin it, the DC Extended Universe, which I hate). â€œMan of Steelâ€ may have been the â€œfirstâ€ movie, but it wasnâ€™t until the creation of â€œBatman v Supermanâ€ that WB actually full-on committed to the idea of a shared universe. As it stood, they were very much of the old way of doing things â€” creating the movies one at a time.
Given that this film comes eight years after Marvel first committed to creating a shared universe (â€œIron Manâ€ and â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€ both came out in 2008), they were facing an uphill battle with fans. No matter what â€œBatman v Supermanâ€ became, fans would find problems with it. Letâ€™s face it, WB is following in Marvelâ€™s footsteps, and itâ€™s instinct that fans would look to find fault in what they consider to be a cheap strategy ripoff.
Weâ€™re a couple months from the release of the film, and weâ€™ve seen a couple trailers, and a couple clips, and all in all the reaction seemsâ€¦mixed. Now Iâ€™m not here to tell you youâ€™re wrong. Thatâ€™s not how film works. Like any piece of art, all film is subjective, so what works for me may ultimately fall flat for the rest of the world. Iâ€™m not even here to tell you youâ€™re biased because DC is entering this game so late. While yes, some fans canâ€™t look past the fact that WB and DC are trying to emulate Marvelâ€™s success, Iâ€™d like to think that the general fanbase is able to base their opinions on what weâ€™ve seen of â€œBatman v Supermanâ€ so far, and all the information we know about the film so far (as naÃ¯ve as that may be).
Perhaps the biggest criticism of the upcoming movie is that itâ€™s become too overstuffed. Yes, the concept of Batman taking on Superman is great, but now we know that Wonder Woman is in there, weâ€™ve heard rumors of other superheroes making cameos, Lex Luthor looks to play a big role, and Doomsday seems to be the uniting force between our two supers (which is an element WB marketing was foolish to reveal, even if we knew it was coming). In addition to all this, the film looks to show the aftermath of Supermanâ€™s destruction of Metropolis in â€œMan of Steel,â€ which is more than enough to fill a single movie in and of itself. Whatâ€™s more, we recently broke an extra secret element in the film that will push even more content into the movie. Iâ€™m not going to lie, thatâ€™s a LOT of stuff to happen in one two-and-a-half hour movie, and while I remain optimistic that theyâ€™ll managed to pull it off, I am a bit worried. And I know Iâ€™m not the only one.
Rather than speculate, argue, or ramble further, I thought Iâ€™d ask you, as readers and DC fans, to give me your ideal â€œBatman v Superman.â€ You can either pretend that weâ€™ve seen nothing so far, and tell us everything you want the film to be, or you can take bits and pieces from what we know about the film, and add/subtract to your heart’s content. How do you want it structured? Give us any detail to sell people on the idea.
For me personally, I love a lot of what they have on the table already. Iâ€™d keep most everything the same, with the exception of the Justice League stuff. Let this film focus solely on the Batman and Superman fight, and of course, weâ€™d have them team up against a baddie at the end. Heck, Iâ€™m okay with the whole Doomsday/Luthor thing. If we focus on this scuffle to the best of our abilities, then we can cover the Justice League stuff in a later film, as we have enough content to fill this movie as is.
So how would an ideal â€œBatman v Supermanâ€ film play out for you? Let us know in the comments down below!