WonderCon 2016: Interviews with the Cast of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

legends of tomorrow posterAlong with its sister series, Arrow and The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been officially renewed for an all new season on The CW. The series, which follows a ragtag team of heroes and villains set out to alter history and save the world from the villainous Vandal Savage, continues to strive on The CW offering fun and action-packed episodes every week. At this year’s WonderCon in Los Angeles, we had the pleasure of the discussing the series with cast members Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renée, and Franz Drameh who play The Atom, White Canary, Hawkgirl, and Firestorm respectively, as well as Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim.

Marc Gugenheim had a lot to offer in regards to what to expect from the second half of this season and the future of the series as a whole. The producer feels confident and proud of the second half of this first season, stating it’s “stronger than the first half of season one”. The series continues to learn from its mistakes and improve with each episode. One of the biggest challenges the series faces, according to Guggenheim, is attempting to maintain a “lighter tone” considering so much death and destruction serves as a backdrop for the series. That being said, Guggenheim promises that by the end of season one we will have definitive answers to unsolved mysteries and will know what will become of Vandal Savage, if he will succeed at conquering the world, and if Rip Hunter’s family will be saved.

Guggenheim also points out that potentially the team line-up can always change, as it did when Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) was booted off the team.The amount of change-ups and new additions to the team will depend on how many episodes the series will have to play with next season. Before the conclusion of season one Arrow stars Emily Bett Rickards and Paul Blackthorne will make guest appearances on an upcoming episode as Felicity Smoak and Captain Quentin Lance, respectively. Also, we have not seen the last of Falk Hentschel’s Hawkman as he will continue to appear in Hawkgirl’s memories of her past lives.

Ciara Renée, who plays Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, discussed the physical aspects of playing a character who can fly and move the way she does. Additionally, Renée elaborates on the evolution of the character as she continues to grow and learn more about her past lives and become more confident in her role as a super hero. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to shed much light or tease specific events that will occur in upcoming episodes, but is interested in seeing a reunion between her character and The Flash‘s Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), with whom she had a fling with in the 2-part Arrow/The Flash crossover where her origin was first detailed. She has changed much since the last time she and Cisco were together.

Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance/White Canary, has the longest history with The CW’s DC universe being that her character was first introduced way back in the beginning of Arrow‘s second season. Of course, back then she was known simply as The Canary. Lotz made sure to address the changes in her character having been a dark, tortured character on Arrow and now having some lighter qualities on Legends of Tomorrow. She has found a way to make those changes occur as seamlessly as possible. Like her co-star, Ciara Renée, Lotz doesn’t go into details of what expect next season or in upcoming episodes, but hopes to get more personal screen time with other actors, which has been difficult since the show juggles so many characters. She also would love to see an Earth-2 version of the Birds of Prey, which, using Arrow as a template, could include White Canary, Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland), and maybe even The Huntress, formerly portrayed by Jessica De Gouw. Of course, nothing is set in stone and these are just the hopes of Lotz herself.

Former Superman, Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/The Atom, talked a lot about what he hopes to see in future episodes. He’s interested in re-exploring the Old West timeline along with Johnathon Schaech’s Jonah Hex and has pitched the idea to have the team travel to medieval times, placing his character in a knight’s suit of armor rather than his electronic Atom suit. Routh isn’t afraid to mention his past role in Superman Returns, as he mentions how it has inspired his current role on Legends of Tomorrow and how he has brought elements of his Clark Kent to Ray Palmer. When asked if there was anything he could tease from upcoming episodes, Routh stated that the characters will continue to evolve and the romance between Ray and Kendra will be brought more into the forefront.

Franz Drameh (Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm), much like his aforementioned co-star, hopes that Legends of Tomorrow eventually makes its way to medieval times, but unlike Routh, Drameh speaks of his trip to the 1970s as his favorite era the team has visited. Drameh states that the series will delve more into his character’s background, focusing some attention on his family and the relationship with his father. Drameh mentions how much he enjoys working with the cast, especially Victor Garber, who plays his other half Dr. Martin Stein, and Arthur Darvill, who plays Time Master Rip Hunter. In addition to discussing Legends of Tomorrow, Drameh made sure to input his personal thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, currently in theaters. While that movie has certainly failed with the critics, Drameh had nothing praise for the film and Ben Affleck portraying Drameh’s favorite super hero of all time.

Sounds like we have a lot to look forward in upcoming episodes and everyone seems very excited and confident in what the series will potentially bring in season two. In the meantime, be sure to check out DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW and check out The CW’s official trailer for next week’s episode entitled “Progeny” below. The team will travel to the year 2147 and will be faced with one of their most difficult choice yet.