The Messy Heroes: Legends Of Tomorrow Boss Talks Season Two

Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW

Legends of Tomorrow returns to our screens tomorrow (10/13) on the CW.

It’s definitely an exciting season. With the first live-action version of the Justice Society of America hitting our screens, it looks like things are going to get more interesting for the Legends.

Of course, things are not going to be the same in the second season as they were in the first.

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Marc Guggenheim to talk about what we can expect from season two.

At the end of season, the Time Masters have disbanded. This means that the Legends are essentially acting as the time cops now.

We’re not starting at the beginning of this journey.

Guggenheim said: “So we pick up six months later, and the Legends are acting like time cops. They’re going around history, fixing aberrations, dealing with time pirates, all sorts of fun things. One of the things we found last year that we want to do more of is go to fun time periods like 1958, like the Old West, and have our team both get into trouble, because that’s what they do, but also fix some things in history, and that’s what they’ve been doing for six months. Something happens in the premiere that changes the game for them, and we’re going to end up with a shift in leadership away from Rip into the hands of someone new. It’ll be very organic, you will understand why it’s happening, but I don’t want to spoil it too much. I will say it’s fun to see the team wrestling with the new dynamic. It’s part and parcel of our goal this year of how much fun can we make the show?”

I have to wonder who this new leader will be? Could it be Citizen Steel/Nate Heywood (Nick Zano)?

Guggenheim didn’t tell, but he did talk about Nate.

He said: “Nate is very different. Nate comes in as a regular Joe, and we get to have the fun of watching him develop superpowers, learn how to deal with them, and get his costume for the first time. It’s a little bit like the way, quite frankly, season 1 of The Flash was, with watching this new guy learn the ropes. He’s doing it in the context of this crazy team of people, as well as going all throughout history, and all these fun different time periods. We’re really excited.”

I have to admit that I find the idea of a secret origin story within a larger team narrative to be very interesting. Especially since Nate has his own legacy to live up to with his grandfather. It definitely provides a new perspective within the team.

So, okay, what about the Justice Society of America? Because we’ve been waiting for the JSA.

Guggenheim said: “The JSA exists in the 1940s, and we really wanted to play up this notion of they’re the greatest generation, that these guys are real superheroes. We’ve always said our Legends are screw-ups. So, our Legends, they’re messy. They get the job done, but it’s really by the skin of their teeth, and in contrast, the JSA, they do everything right.”

Oh that’s going to provide some very interesting culture clashes, especially once Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) of the JSA joins the team.

“There’s a lot of comedy to be found in that, and there’s also a lot of growth for her to go through as she realizes that maybe her place on the Legends is more natural than what she thought, that maybe she makes a better Legend than a member of the JSA.”

It certainly sounds like there’s a lot of interesting things going on in Legends season two.

Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Bec Heim