Legends of Tomorrow Star Argues Arrowverse Fans Deserve Better

The Arrowverse has been one of the collateral damages of the DC Universe's rebranding under its new co-heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran. The Arrowverse has thrived on television, with multiple shows sharing an interconnected storyline, including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman. But last year, DC Studios announced that Supergirl and The Flash would end with their ninth and sixth seasons, respectively, and that news was followed by the cancellation of Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow. One of Legends of Tomorrow's former cast members, Brandon Routh, believes that Arrowverse fans deserve a proper closure for their time-traveling superhero show.

Routh opened up to Syfy Wire about his time playing Ray Palmer/Atom on Legends of Tomorrow and how he feels about the series being canceled. “We were done in 2019, so we've been dealing with that for a while,” he said. “But you know, I just love all the Legends fans, and they deserve some kind of wrap-up, so I hope that they get it,” On the other hand, the actor also shared how happy he is to land another time travel series like Quantum Leap. “I just love this type of world of time travel where anything's possible. And I'm so excited to be a part of another show like that.” Routh reasoned.

Legends of Tomorrow premiered on The CW in January 2016 as a joint spinoff of Arrow and The Flash. Time Master Rip Hunter assembled a team of superheroes and villains to stop the immortal tyrant Vandal Savage from conquering Earth in the first season. The first Legends team featured Caity Lotz's White Canary, Victor Garber, and Franz Drameh as Firestorm, Ciara Renée's Hawkgirl, Falk Hentschel's Hawkman, Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold, and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave, with later seasons adding well-known DC superheroes Citizen Steel, Vixen, John Constantine, and Kid Flash to its cast. Legends of Tomorrow was canceled in 2022 after seven seasons and 110 episodes, despite having a large fan base.

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Due to its unexpected cancellation, Legends of Tomorrow ended on a cliffhanger, with the titular team and Booster Gold being arrested by the latter's superiors. While this was a disappointing end for the beloved superhero series, The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace had hoped to use his show's upcoming ninth season to properly conclude the Legends’ narrative. He expressed his desire to “have at least one [episode] — if not a two-parter — that wrapped up Legends of Tomorrow, and you know, there [would] be a little crossover. We get them back, we get them out of jail, all these good things, Booster Gold, etc, etc.” But upon learning that The Flash's final season would have 13 episodes rather than 20, Wallace realized that spending one or two entire episodes tying up Legends of Tomorrow “was no longer possible.”

New episodes of The Flash Season 9 air Wednesdays on The CW.

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