The CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow is looking to hire two characters with ties to World War II for its second season this fall, according to TVLine. The two roles are described as series regulars.
"A male in his late-20s to mid-30s is being sought 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," reads the Hollywood trade.
"Also being cast for Legends Season 2 is the female member of an elite paramilitary team living in the 1940s, TVLine continued. "An African-American, she is scrutinized in her time for both her gender and race and thus has worked twice as hard to be a perfect soldier. That said, she blames herself for — and aims to avenge — the death of a team member for whom she had repressed feelings."
DC's Legends of Tomorrow has already positioned itself with somewhat of a Justice Society of America vibe, and the "Han Solo-like" role carries that generational superhero role that David Goyer and Geoff Johns introduced to the JSA comic book title.
Of course, with both characters having ties to World War II and the mention of an "elite paramilitary team," Sgt. Rock and Easy Company come to mind. Sgt. Frank Rock led Easy Company during WWII, but in modern times his grandson, Joe Rock, took his place as leader of the team. And while there weren't any female African-American soldiers shown as part of the WW2-era group, the African-American male Jackie Robinson was a lynchpin of the team.
Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams has already been cast as an unnamed superhero for DC's Legends of Tomorrow's second season, and showrunner Phil Klemmer has described it as "a lot different" than its freshman outing.
"[The season finale] is not just hitting the reset button, it really is modifying their mission,” Klemmer said. “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.”
The season finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow is scheduled to air May 19 on the CW.