Did the Coronavirus Pandemic Halt ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Production?

Like the rest of the characters in the Arrowverse, the heroes from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow were rocked by the 2019 events of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths.’ The 5-episode, multi-show story changed the fabric of the shared television landscape. The unprecedented disaster wiped out the multiverse, created a new world called Earth-Prime, and as a result, many souls ceased to exist. The characters were devastated by the consequences of Crisis. But the red wave that decimated fictional worlds is nothing compared to the real-world ripples of the coronavirus pandemic that our entire planet is now combatting. In the interest of slowing the spread of the virus, many production companies have suspended work on television series and films.

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Has ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ suspended production?

In an effort to contain the virus, many businesses, schools, and even sports leagues have suspended activities amid positive diagnoses of individuals, and out of an abundance of caution. The coronavirus can spread at such a rapid rate that hospitals may not be able to keep up with the demand for beds, supplies, and ventilators, according to NBC News. The United States is already experiencing a shortage of testing kits and authorities are desperate to keep the disease at bay.

CNN reports that the Center for Disease Control recommends strict guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus. According to the CDC, the best way to avoid spreading the highly contagious respiratory disease is to limit time spent in big groups. The agency recommends that gatherings of 50 or more be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks. Large assemblies have been banned by various governing bodies to try to curb the spread of the virus.

With stars like Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson disclosing that they have tested positive for the virus, it is clear that the entertainment industry is not immune to the effects. Keeping guidelines from the CDC in mind, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has halted production in the interest of public health. As a result, The CW has shifted premiere dates for new episodes by two weeks, according to CBR.com. The full ramifications of suspending production in the midst of shooting Season 5 remain to be seen.

How can fans get their fix of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ while production is on hold?

Much of the country is practicing social distancing as a way to hinder the reach of the coronavirus. With many people staying home for the next several weeks, it is an ideal time for TV buffs to catch up on shows on streaming platforms. Whether re-watching a favorite series or discovering something new, binge-watching can be an effective way to pass the time.

Netflix subscribers are in luck because the first four seasons of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are available on the streamer. Season 5 is scheduled to become available on Netflix eight days after the finale airs. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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