Legends of Tomorrow showrunner on creating an 'anthology show' in the Arrow-verse

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Jul 22, 2015

A new spinoff to The Flash and Arrow is coming soon, but don’t expect it to fit into the mold you’ve come to expect from those flagship series.

Screen Rant caught up with showrunner Phil Klemmer to discuss the new series Legends of Tomorrow, which teams up a motley crew of heroes and villains to take on DC big bad Vandal Savage. Klemmer stressed the fact that Legends is a very different beast from the other superhero shows on the network, and they essentially view this first season as a self-contained anthology event. If there is another season, it’ll almost certainly take on a drastically different form.

He also dropped several interesting hints. First up, as expected, Legends will be taking the zany sci-fi vibe of The Flash and running with it. This is more in line with that tone, than the darker world of Arrow. It’s also almost like a caper type of story, as well, which could make for a perfect small screen hit in the wake of Ant-Man's critical success. We’re all about some capers, these days.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“[The] Arrow is the dark sort of vigilante. And Flash has a sort of lightness and sort of family qualities. Ours will definitely be a little closer to that. It’s more like a caper, because it’s sort of like ‘Ocean’s 11′, where you have a team of misfits, a dirty dozen, and they’ve been sent on essentially a suicide mission. So it will have a lot of interpersonal tension and it will have a lot more… it’s like a fun.. it is almost like a family dynamic between people who can’t get along but are forced to get along because they’re stuck in this stupid time travel spaceship and having to save the world. But if it weren’t for that they would absolutely kill each other. At a certain point, we will have darkness emerge and characters will betray one another and be tempted by the dark side. And others might not make it along for the full trip. And others might be lost in weird time periods.

It’s an anthology show. This is not designed to go forever. This season is meant to be standalone… I mean not as anthological as ‘True Detective.’ But not everybody will be continuing on this journey. The sort of central premise of time travel and Vandal Savage is totally up for grabs. This is meant to be a season that is tightly serialized that, when it’s over, you can’t go home again. It’s not going to begin Season 2 with us all hopping back on the same ship and like ‘Let’s get Vandal! Let’s get him for real this time!’ This is not traditional episodic television.”

Legends of Tomorrow is set to debut in the first half of 2016, though the new seasons of Arrow and The Flash this fall will take on a lot of heavy lifting to set it up. So, yeah, set your DVR accordingly.

(Via Screen Rant)

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