Rip Hunter has a complicated history throughout the comics and is not a very well-known character. However all you need to know is his context within the CW universe. He gets a brief namedrop at the finale of season 1 of The Flash where Reverse Flash mentions that the first being to create a time machine was Rip Hunter. Being a time traveler, he has an immense knowledge of how the world has worked, currently works, and will work in the future. His ultimate goal is to save humanity, and so he recruits the Legends specifically for the task. Personally, I would’ve added Ollie and Barry to the roster, but they’ve got their own problems.
The thing about Legends of Tomorrow is that it’s full of characters who aren’t widely known by the populace or modern superhero fans. The trailer spends a brief moment with each one of them, so here’s some context you’ll need to know about them.
Originating in Arrow, Ray Palmer developed a high-tech suit (very akin to Iron Man) that would allow him to fight crime. He eventually found a way to minimize the distance between atoms and was able to shrink and grow at will. In the comics, the Atom merely had a spandex suit that allowed him to grow and shrink, none of the bells and whistles he has in this incarnation.
Another Arrow star, Sara Lance was shipwrecked along with Oliver Queen. After spending some time with the League of Assassins, she became known as The Canary and fought alongside The Arrow. However, after an untimely death caused by Malcolm Merlyn, her sister Laurel took up the mantle of Black Canary. Then with some help from John Constantine and the Lazarus Pit, Sara was brought back to life, and has deemed to embrace the lighter side of her humanity. Hence the name White Canary.
Firestorm is an interesting phenomenon. The result of two men bonding together gives them the power of combustion and flight. Dr. Joseph Stein and Ronnie Raymond were the original Firestorm. However, in a black hole event that threatened to destroy Central City, Raymond gave his life to stop it. Since then, Stein found a new compatible partner, Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, and they have been seeking to learn more about what makes them Firestorm.
Captain Cold and Heat Wave
Portrayed by fantastic actors, Leonard Snart and Mick Rory are opposites of one another. While Snart is cold and calculated, Rory is unpredictable and lacks control. Together with their respective elemental weapons, they make up Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Originally villains of the Flash, for some reason, Rip Hunter has enlisted them for his team. And from the looks of the trailer, it won’t sit too well with everyone else.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Probably the most recognizable members of this time, Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall are both reincarnations of a married duo, Hawkman and Hawkgirl. This is teased a bit in the trailer, having flashbacks of ancient Egypt as well as Rip making a snide comment about the two needing “marriage counseling.” The two have the same powers of flight and enhanced strength, and while they were introduced in The Flash, they were brought on solely for Legends of Tomorrow.
Who Else Exists in This Universe?
This is a big question from CW and DC fans alike. Which heroes and villains can we expect to see appear on the small screen? The Legends of Tomorrow trailer gives us a few ideas. First off, by introducing various artifacts that have ties to other characters like Doctor Fate and Shazam, it seems as if the door is being opened for more faces to start showing up. Plus, there’s no reason why we can’t have Constantine again.
The most interesting little tidbit comes from some dialogue form Rip Hunter. He says, “I’ve seen Men of Steel die and Dark Knights fall.” Obviously we know who he’s talking about. Could this mean an appearance by our favorite Kryptonian and Caped Crusader? Probably not, but at the very least, I believe we may see some villains or side characters that come from their comics. I mean, we’ve already gotten acquainted with Ra’s al Ghul.
Legends of Tomorrow is a gigantic project that can really open up the CW universe to more and more characters making some fantastic appearances. Personally, I’d like to see Doctor Fate and Spectre, but maybe that’s just because I’m a Justice League Dark fan.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for Legends of Tomorrow? Who would you like to see appear on the CW? Let us know down in the comments!