The latest DC series to hit The CW is arguably the most ambitious effort in the network’s history, firing the Legends of Tomorrow off through time and space to take on Vandal Savage. But, messing with the timeline can have its consequences.
Showrunner Phil Klemmer chatted with Comic Book about the approach of the series, which zips around through time and dives headfirst into the aftermath of messing around in the timeline. Seriously, this show has a straight-up Back to the Future vibe in that sense. Klemmer said they have a lot of fun playing with cause and effect, pushing the limits of how they can (and can’t) affect the Arrow-verse along the way.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“The interesting thing about the show is that they leave 2016...the idea is to travel through time, vanquish Vandal Savage and return to the moment you left. So if you do that successfully, nobody knows you're gone, the world continues. The only variable that's been changed is Vandal's gone. But the problem is in doing so, you change millions of other variables.
Part of the fun of the show is you have the uber mission, stopping Vandal, but then you have the missions that you sort of accidentally, unwittingly caused, the idea that if I accidentally in Cold War Russian left the Soviets know that they lose, if I drop a piece of tech in battlefield at World War II, you can create your own sort of disturbances in time and then you also have to go back and correct that. Until you return to 2016, it's like, you know...
Part of the fun is screwing things up, to see the consequences of our team's actions. But as long as you have a time machine, you have the ability to counteract whatever you've done wrong. That's a long way of saying we get a huge amount of latitude because we f**k up the world of Arrow and The Flash as long as we're not f**king up the world of their show in 2016, the episodes that are taking place right now. Because presumably, we can also right the ship.”
Legends of Tomorrow premieres Thursday night on The CW.
(Via Comic Book)