In the ever-growing landscape of superhero television, yet another has arrived on UK television to whet your appetite. Legends of Tomorrow brings together a whole host of exciting characters that we’ve already seen in Arrow and The Flash who join Rip Hunter, a time master from the year 2166 who needs their help to take down the villainous Vandal Savage. With the rag-tag team of superheroes and villains assembled, it’s time to embark on an a time-travelling adventure that they can’t resist.
Where we’ve seen him: Rip is the only new addition to the Arrowverse.
In 2166, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) is seen seeking permission from the Time Council to change the course of history. They deny his request so the time master takes matters into his own hands, steals a ship and goes back in time to recruit a team of heroes from the year 2016. He needs the help of “Legends” like The Atom, White Canary and Captain Cold to stop the immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from destroying the world.
Ray Palmer/The Atom
Where we’ve seen him: Ray made his debut in the third season of Arrow.
Billionaire scientist and inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) first appears in Arrow’s third season when he buys Queen Consolidated after Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) company found itself down in the dumps. He dated Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) for a while but spent most of his time on the show developing a super suit that would let him shrink in size. An explosion at Palmer Technologies in the final episode of season three seemingly killed him but it wasn’t until season four that Team Arrow discovered he was being held captive in mini-size by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
Sara Lance/White Canary
Where we’ve seen her: Sara arrived in the second season of Arrow.
Laurel Lance’s (Katie Cassidy) younger sister Sara (Caity Lotz) was on the Queen’s Gambit when it sunk and she ended up on the island Lian Yu with Oliver. After leaving the island, she joined the League of Assassins under the tutelage of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) where she met her lover Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). Sara finds her way into Team Arrow but she is killed by a drugged Thea (Willa Holland). In a twist of fate, she is resurrected by Laurel through the League’s Lazarus Pit.
Professor Martin Stein and Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm
Where we’ve seen them: Professor Stein is introduced in season one of The Flash while Jefferson made his first appearance in season two.
After the particle accelerator explosion in season one of The Flash, Professor Stein (Victor Garber), a brilliant nuclear physicist, finds himself with fused with Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). Stein embraces his new identity under the name Firestorm but Team Flash finds a way to separate and fuse the two men at will. When Ronnie sacrifices himself to protect Central City, Stein finds a new partner in Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh), a former high school football star whose career was derailed by an injury. However, Jefferson isn’t interested in gaining superpowers, so this will play into Legends.
Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl and Carter Hall/Hawkman
Where we’ve seen them: Kendra appeared in the second season of The Flash while both characters played a central role in the big Flash-Arrow crossover this season.
Having only become recently aware of her Hawk powers, Kendra (Ciara Renee) is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Priestess (known as Chay-Ara). She is reunited with her soul-mate Carter Hall (Falk Henstschel), the reincarnation of the Egyptian Prince Khufu because the two have been connected for over 4,000 years. Together, they’re destined to die, to be reborn and to find each other in every lifetime. They’re able to access the power of the Hawk God Horus and their destiny is linked with Savage, a huge factor that will play into this season of Legends.
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Mick Rory/Heat Wave
Where we’ve seen them: They made their debut in season one of The Flash.
The cunning thief Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), who’s go-to weapon is a freeze gun, leads a group of Rogues who’s aim is to kill The Flash (Grant Gustin). His adventures land him with the pyromaniac Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) who found an outlet for his obsession with fire but the duo haven’t succeeded in coming close to harming The Flash. However, it’s only recently we saw a softer side to Leonard after learning about his abusive father and love for his villainous sister Lisa Snart (Peyton List).
Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays on Sky1 at 8:00pm. Episode one is available on Sky On Demand now.