Updated May 7: Just days after we openly speculated what the name of DC's new team show spinning out of Arrow and The Flash on CW would be named (see below), Variety reports that the show has been greenlit and is titled...
... DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
In other words, we were off-base. We dismissed the ides of the showing being called "Legends" because the characters associated with the then-unnamed show were relatively new names to the general public, but Warner Bros TV and the CW are attempting to address that somewhat by calling it the more presumptive DC's Legends of Tomorrow (we still like All-Star Squadron better).
This is the second new DC television series to get a greenlight in as many days, as Wednesday CBS announced Supergirl , which is reportedly taking place in the shared continuity and universe of Arrow and The Flash and now DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
The series will star Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom, Arthur Davill as Rip Hunter, Ciarra Renee as Hawkgirl, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave, and Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson.
Caity Lotz, who played the deceased Sarah Lance/Black Canary on Arrow, is also in the cast in an unnamed role. But since the new series focuses on time travel, her return as Black Canary could be easily explained.
Executive producers on the show are Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.
Here's the series' official description.
"When heroes alone are not enough ... the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?"
The pilot was reportedly ordered "sight unseen" according to The Hollywood Reporter, and a special trailer is expected to debut at the CW's upfront next week.
Original Story: The CW is moving fast toward a new team show spinning out of the success of this year's The Flash/Arrow crossover episodes. Actors are being hired and announced, and some of the concepts are already being introduced in existing shows.
But one thing key thing about the show remains a mystery — what's the title?
Not only is it getting a little tough for the media to fit CW news into their headlines — with "unnamed Arrow/Flash spin-off team show" getting a little ridiculous — but show co-creator Andrew Kreisberg already had to go on Twitter to quelch rumors about what the show will be called.
We already know some of the key players in the team, including Ray Palmer/Atom, time-traveling Rip Hunter, Black Canary (maybe??), Hawkgirl, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, at least half of Firestorm, and a mystery teen male character who sounds and looks a little like Static, but could be a brand new hero.
So we've got some or all of the line-up, but we still don't know the show's title. There are rumblings that there will be a big reveal at the CW's upfront presentation on May 14 (and the aforementioned Kreisberg tweet promised we'd know "soon"). But until then, Newsarama decided to examine a few ideas for the team name — and the new show's title — that Warners and The CW might consider.
To establish the ground rules, we’re assuming the CW and Warner Bros. TV will use an established brand of some kind for the new show.
There have been rumors online about this name, and the word "legends" has been used from time to time in DC projects, including video games and comics.
But the idea also has a few things going against it. Although it's certainly accurate to call the concept of the Atom and other heroes "legendary," the actual characters on the show are mostly newbies to the superhero world. "Legends" seems a little grandiose for this team of young heroes — not to mention aiming a little older than The CW's assumed target demographic of younger adults.
With villains like Captain Cold and Heat Wave involved, the name "Doom Patrol" might fit a team that features super villains. But it would be very far removed from the comic book source material.
The Doom Patrol from the comics has always been associated with characters who are considered "freaks" in society, whose superpowers caused them alienation and personal distress. The concept usually deals with the odd or strange, tending to deal with both darker concepts and things that appeared "weird" — from the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man to the Brain, an actual detached, living brain.
Sorry, CW. That one's taken.
The name "The Outsiders" might be a good fit, because these characters wouldn't be considered top-tier characters like those in the Justice League. Plus, the aforementioned inclusion of villains would put them outside the usual hero team-up.
But in the TV universe, there is no Justice League or existing team of heroes. So we'd technically have to ask — just what group are they "outside" of?
There's also less name recognition for non-comics readers of the name "Outsiders" being associated with DC Comics. In fact, most of the mainstream audience of the CW would probably think the name refers to S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders or the film version that starred a slew of well-known '80s actors. Stay gold, Ponyboy…stay gold.
Justice Society of America
As comic book fans know, the Justice Society of America is traditionally recognized as the very first group of DC heroes to join forces against evil. With The CW universe starring young, new heroes, the use of the JSA moniker would make sense because it's the network's first "team-up" show.
It would also give the network the use of the term "justice," which has a high recognition factor and has long been associated with DC superheroes — from the Hall of Justice in Super Friends to the always familiar "Justice League."
Of course, that the one drawback to using the name "Justice Society" — it's not quite the League, is it? Plus there's already a Justice League being created in the cinematic universe. Warner Bros. might not want to confuse audiences with more than one "Justice" team.
The word "society" also has an old-fashioned feel to it. Justice Squad? Justice Inc.? Justice Watch? Or maybe just…
Although there appears to be little to no coordination between the TV universe and the cinematic universe (as evidenced by there being two different Katanas revealed recently — one for TV in Arrow, and one for Suicide Squad), DC executives are surely consulting on both shows, and might want to build brand recognition overall. And there's probably no more important and recognizable "team" brand in the DC Universe than the Justice League.
So…if the "League" is taken (by the upcoming big-screen team), and the "Society" confuses the issue, why not just use the word "Justice" as the title? The team could forego an official name and just throw around the word "justice" to describe that they do. Secret files could use the word as well, similar to the "Avengers Initiative" files we saw in Marvel's cinematic universe before that team formed.
We're leaning toward this being the best bet for the new show's title.
The name has very strong ties to the DC Comics universe (from the Golden Age title All-Star Comics and the recent acclaimed All-Star Superman). Plus, just like the Justice Society of America, it's a name that's associated with the original DC superhero team (since the first All-Star comics were about the JSA).
While the name might ring somewhat antiquated, that may just be a case of old-by-association for long-time comic book readers. Many of the new fans of the CW universe wouldn't attach that kind of connotation to the word. Plus, DC doesn't have a problem with "Squad" being part of their Suicide Squad, so why not Squadron?
Plus, the "All-Star" name has already been used in the TV-verse — an episode of The Flash that featured The Atom and other DC characters was called "All Star Team Up." The use of "star" also makes sense in the TV-verse because there's an established organization called S.T.A.R. Labs. If the new team is at all associated with S.T.A.R., their use of the "All-Stars" moniker would fit well.