Phil Klemmer says Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 will “feel like its own show”
With Legends of Tomorrow winding down its first season, there are a lot of questions regarding what the next season will entail. Unlike sibling shows Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow has no primary setting (other than the Waverider time ship), and its ensemble cast could easily change without major ripples.
IGN talked with Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Phil Klemmer and got some new details on not only the upcoming Season 2, but a few tidbits on the remaining Season 1 episodes, as well.
First, Klemmer talks about crossover potential between all of the Arrowverse shows and the inherent difficulties:
“It helps to have Marc [Guggenheim] working on both shows. In Season 2, we are bringing a writer from Arrow [Keto Shimizu] and a writer from Flash [Grainne Godfree] onto our series, just so that we can make our stories work in concert. The only challenge is the logistics of a crossover. If it weren’t for the fact that Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell were busy working 16 hours a day, five days a week on their own series, we would certainly find more time for the crossovers. It’s definitely something that we’re planning on doing next season for our show.”
It looks like we could be seeing the return of some familiar fan favorite characters like John Constantine and Jonah Hex next year, too:
“There’s a 100 percent probability, and I feel like in Season 2 we’re determined to make it an even greater infusion of familiar faces and names from the DC Universe. We flirted with it and we had a version of guest stars, but as we move into Season 2, I think we’re all determined to have people who are going to be integral to the season-long mythology.”
Klemmer also reveals how the writers are approaching Season 2, with the Vandal Savage storyline completed:
“We’re coming at it from a completely different angle. We’re determined to make every part of Season 2 feel like its own show. Episode 201 will very much be a new pilot with new good guys, new bad guys, new stakes, new dynamics, new goals. The team will basically have to find a new purpose. Once you save the world, what do you do then? It’s sort of a question of after you’ve won a Super Bowl, what do you do from there? The fact that the world was in peril sort of forced our team to fall into its own dysfunctional version of lockstep.
“Season 2, they’re no longer going to be hunted by Time Masters. They’re no longer going to be burdened with having to save the world. It’s no longer going to be about saving Miranda and Jonas. The interesting thing about Season 2 is I think it’s going to have a much, much different tone because our Legends are going to have a totally different purpose. They’re actually going to have a totally different constitution. There will be new faces and new everything.”
IGN then asks Klemmer to expound on that “new faces” comment, as it was recently revealed that the cast would be staying the same next year:
“The joy of doing an ensemble show is you can change the dynamic. We never want our characters to be too comfortable or familiar with one another. I think what makes the show so fun is that they’re not your usual square-jawed, straight-edge, grim and determined version of a superhero team. As we find them working very well at the end of Season 1, I think we’re obliged as storytellers to come up with a reason they are not working well in Season 2. I kind of feel like that’s when they’re at their best.”
For much more, including details on Hawkman’s return to the series, check out the entire interview at IGN. And for all the latest Legends of Tomorrow news, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.