With the freshman season of Legends of Tomorrow now concluded, details about what fans can expect from its second season are already starting to surface. As recently revealed, the CW’s hero team-up series will undergo a major revamp next year. Here’s everything we know about Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 so far.
1. The core cast will return
Despite initial speculation that the show would be doing a cast overhaul in its sophomore season, it’s since been confirmed that the original Legends will be returning. Per TVLine, producers aren’t planning on changing up the entire core cast, so fans can rest easy knowing that Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renee, and Dominic Purcell will be back in their respective hero roles in Season 2.
However, viewers can expect the dynamic between the team to change. “The joy of doing an ensemble show is you can change the dynamic. We never want our characters to be too comfortable or familiar with one another,” Klemmer told IGN. “As we find them working very well at the end of Season 1, I think we’re obliged as storytellers to come up with a reason they are not working well in Season 2. I kind of feel like that’s when they’re at their best.
[Update 5/13/16:] According to Deadline, Miller will not be a regular on Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. Instead, he will split his time between both Legends and The Flash, appearing in a recurring role on both shows throughout the season. That being said, producer Greg Berlanti assures fans that though Miller “won’t be part of the team of Legends on board of The Waverider next year, he will [still] have a very active role on the show.”
[Update 5/20/16:] Per Deadline, Renée, who played Hawkgirl in Season 1, is exiting as a series regular in Season 2. With the Vandal Savage story arc over, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says audiences see a lot less of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the next season. “We went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories,” he explained. “The bow was tied so tightly and neatly with their story in the finale, that everything we thought of felt very forced. After 4000 years, they were no longer under the specter of Vandal, and we felt they need some time off. Bringing them back to the team as soon as the the beginning of Season 2 felt premature.”
[Update 10/7/16:] The “Out of Time” extended trailer has just been released (see below).
2. Several new heroes will be introduced
While the original cast members will be back, there will also be some additional new faces. As revealed in March, Patrick J. Adams has been cast to play a “beloved hero” from the DC canon whose mysterious agenda serves as a launching point for the second season. The character will be introduced in the Season 1 finale and will also appear in the Season 2 premiere, with the possibility of recurring in future episodes after. While the identity of Adams’s character has not been revealed, fans have widely speculated that it will be DC favorite Booster Gold, since he has a connection to Legends’ team leader, Rip Hunter.
[Update 5/19/16:] The Season 1 finale unveiled that Adams will be playing Rex Tyler aka Hourman. He, along with the Justice Society of America, will be a major part of Legends’ sophomore season.
In addition to Adams’s character, TVLine has also revealed that the show is in the process of casting two other new roles for its sophomore season. According to the report, the series is seeking a male in his late-20s to mid-30s to play “a guy who grew up in the shadow of his World War II hero grandfather and has used a Han Solo-like facade to conceal his insecurity — until, that is, the development of super powers enables him to love up to his family legacy.”
Also being cast is “a female member of an elite paramilitary team living in the 1940s. An African-American, she is scrutinized in her time for both her –That said, she blames herself for — and aims to avenge — the death of a team member for whom she had repressed feelings.”
Fans will have to stay tuned to see who will portray these characters, both of which are expected to be series regulars next season.
[Update 6/8/16:] Per TV Insider, the character of Vixen will be a series regular next season. However, she won’t be portrayed by the same actress who brought the character to life on Arrow last season (Megalyn E.K.). Instead, a new Vixen will be introduced. This reportedly won’t be a complete recasting though, but an earlier version of the character who may or may not share some sort of historical tie to Miss McCabe.” It’s unclear whether this Vixen is the character they were referring to in the casting details above.
[Update 6/24/16:] Maisie Richardson-Sellers has been cast to play a different incarnation of the heroine Vixen on Legends of Tomorrow.
[Update 6/16/16:] Per Deadline, Nick Zano is joining the cast of Legends of Tomorrow as a new series regular for Season 2. He will play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes Steel/Citizen Steel, a former member of the Justice League of America.
[Update, 7/25/16:] As announced at Comic-Con, Obsidian, Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite will be making an appearance as members of the JSA in season 2. Casting for roles has not yet been announced.
[Update 8/3/16:] Marc Guggenheim, a co-creator and executive producer on the show, recently tweeted the logo for the Justice Society of America (see below).
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 3, 2016
[Update 8/9/16] Guggenheim shared another Justice Society of America image, this one showing the logo on a table in what is presumably the JSA headquarters.
This has me giddy… pic.twitter.com/7SDwmpBOm8
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 8, 2016
[Update 9/30/16]: The CW has released the first batch of photos for Legends of Tomorrow Episode 2.02 featuring our first look at the full Justice Society of America:
3. The group has a new mission that won’t involve Vandal Savage
The Legends have spent the entire first season chasing down time-traveling immortal, Vandal Savage, in an attempt to save the world. But they’ll be tasked with a very different mission in season two. “They’re no longer going to be burdened with having to save the world. It’s no longer going to be about saving Miranda and Jonas,” showrunner Phil Klemmer told IGN.
They also won’t be on the run from Time Masters anymore, a plot device that the show’s freshman season devoted a lot of time to.
Season 2 “is not just hitting the reset button, it really is modifying their mission,” Klemmer said, per TVLine. “Season 2 isn’t going to be about saving the world and stopping a singular entity from doing evil. We wanted to change the stakes and dynamics to make it an entirely new show — not just with new characters but with a new dramatic engine.”
[Update 6/28/16:] It looks like the Legends team will be running into an important historical figure during their new mission. Per TVLine, the crew will cross paths with Albert Einstein circa 1942 in the upcoming season. But they’ll be taken aback to discover that the legendary scientist is actually “a snarky, brusque skirt-chaser”.
[Update 7/25/16:] As officially announced at Comic-Con, the Legends will be facing off against the Legion of Doom Super-Villains in season 2, otherwise known as Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold ( Miller). That means that Letscher, who plays the Reverse-Flash/Eobard Thawne on The Flash, will join Legends as a series regular, while Miller and Barrowman will appear across multiple of the CW’s DC shows. Meanwhile, McDonough’s character will have have a recurring role on Legends in season 2.
[Update 8/11/16:] The CW has released a lengthy, first official Season 2 synopsis, seen below:
After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the corrupt Time Masters who colluded with him, a new threat emerges. Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), an unconventional and charming historian, is thrust into the action upon making a shocking discovery – the Legends are scattered throughout time. Nate must find a way to rescue season one’s beloved team of heroes and rogues, including billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who has created an exo-suit with the power to shrink him to miniscule size, as the Atom; Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), the White Canary, a trained assassin; Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm; and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), aka Heat Wave, a career criminal.
When the Legends encounter the J.S.A (the Justice Society of America, the precursor to DC’s Justice League) in the 1940s, Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), aka Vixen, joins the team. While the team reunites, a mystery looms – the fate of former captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).
Once reunited, the Legends continue their new mission to protect the timeline from temporal aberrations – unusual changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences. When Nate, the grandson of J.S.A. member Commander Steel, unexpectedly finds himself with powers, he must overcome his own insecurities and find the hero within himself. Ultimately, the Legends will clash with foes both past and present, to save the world from a mysterious new threat.
[Update 9/15/16:] Matt Letscher (who plays Reverse-Flash) recently shared an image that shows himself and fellow Legion of Doom member Neal McDonough (who plays Damien Darhk) in character on the set (see below).
A photo posted by Matt Letscher (@realmattletscher) on Sep 13, 2016 at 4:06pm PDT
4. The show will have a very different tone
As the team of Legends finds a new undertaking, the tone of the series will also be altered. “The interesting thing about season two is, I think it’s going to have a much, much different tone because our Legends are going to have a totally different purpose,” Klemmer said. “They’re actually going to have a totally different constitution. There will be new faces and new everything.”
[Update 8/19/16:] Some of the Legends may get a new look to go with the new tone. On Twitter, Guggeheim released a new photo of Routh’s Atom wearing a new, samurai-style set helmet with his traditional armor while riding on horseback. No explanation for the tweak in the uniform has been revealed, but perhaps he’s trying to fit in with a new time period?
Legends of Tomorrow. This show is insane… pic.twitter.com/sEskMkHW4q
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 16, 2016
5. Jonah Hex will return
— Johnathon Schaech (@JohnSchaech) September 9, 2016
Legends of Tomorrow fans who hoped to see more of DC figures like Jonah Hex are in luck. Johnathon Schaech, who played Hex in in Season 2, has confirmed that the character will be returning in Season 2. The actor announced the news by posting a photo of himself with a Legends of Tomorrow script on Twitter, as seen above. Further details of his role in the Legends’ mission have not been revealed.
6. Laurel’s death on Arrow will be addressed
After finding out that her sister, Laurel, died on Arrow, Sara Lance (Lotz) will be left to grieve. The death will have a major impact on her character moving forward into Legends of Tomorrow Season 2.
“Laurel’s death will resonate into Season 2,” Klemmer told IGN. “It’s so cool how that just enriches the world, the universe. It just makes it seem so much larger and so much more real when something that happens on Arrow can create ripples that appear on our show in a huge way. It fundamentally alters the DNA of our series.”
But it won’t be all sorrow and heartbreak for Sara. Lotz recently teased a new love interest for the upcoming season, telling Moviefone, “I think Sara might get a new girlfriend!”
7. There will be a big crossover
Speaking of the interconnectivity between DC shows, Klemmer reveals he definitely hopes to include an Arrow or Flash crossover in Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. In fact, the latter is bringing two new writers from each of the aforementioned shows to its creative team next season.
“In Season 2, we are bringing a writer from Arrow [Keto Shimizu] and a writer from Flash [Grainne Godfree] onto our series, just so that we can make our stories work in concert,” Klemmer said. “The only challenge is the logistics of a crossover. If it weren’t for the fact that Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell were busy working 16 hours a day, five days a week on their own series, we would certainly find more time for the crossovers. It’s definitely something that we’re planning on doing next season for our show.”
Now that Supergirl has also moved to the CW, expect Melissa Benoise’s Kara Zor El to join in on the fun as well.
[Update 7/25/16:] At this summer’s Comic Con, the executive producers confirmed that Arrow‘s Stephen Amell will appear in the Legends season two premiere. Amell will reportedly be seen as “Mayor Oliver Queen” in the episode instead of the Green Arrow.
“It’s right out of the gate, right away. The first few seconds. You won’t have to wait long to see it,” Klemmer said of the crossover, per THR. “I would recommend waiting to go to the bathroom until the first commercial break.” But don’t expect this to be the only crossover moment. All four of the CW’s DC shows will cross paths in the fall.
[Update 9/6/16:] The CW has released the first photos Oliver Queen joining the Legends in the season 2 premiere, below:
Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 premieres on Thursday, October 13.