With The CW’s big crossover event series, Crisis on Infinite Earths just three days away, the network released a trailer today for something a bit different. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow also stars Brandon Routh, but in a capacity entirely other. He’s not Clark Kent/Superman here, but someone a little closer to home. In the trailer, we’re treated to some misdirection, some self-aware humor, and ever welcome Tommy guns.
But best of all, capitalizing on the current popularity of Mister Rogers, thanks to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (though that man ought to be popular regardless of whether or not Tom Hanks is portraying him on screen), we’ve got Routh, AKA Ray Palmer/The Atom entering a tranquil home, putting on a red sweater, and singing sweetly to his audience. Subverting superhero expectations is what this series does best—one that has improved with each season.
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, and Andrew Kreisberg, the series’ ensemble cast has featured Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Ciara Renée (Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl), Falk Hentschel (Carter Hall/Hawkman), and Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), among others. For season five, in addition to Routh and Lotz, principals include Tala Ashe, Nick Zano, Dominic Purcell, Maise Richardson-Sellers, Matt Ryan, Courtney Ford, Romona Young, and Amy Louise Pemberton.
This go-round, it appears we’ve got lots more madness, gunplay, swordplay, and guffaws to look forward to. The Legends are back, the trailer tells us, whether we want them or not.
You can check out the trailer and an official synopsis of season 5 below. The show premieres Tuesday January 21. And Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths starts this Sunday (December 8) with Supergirl at 8/7c.
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.