Marc Guggenheim says ‘Vandal Savage looks like a walk in the park’ compared to next season
In the wake of last night’s epic season one finale, Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has been making the press rounds to discuss both the finale and what’s to come next season.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE LEGENDS OF TOMORROW SEASON FINALE, “LEGENDARY”
In last moments of the season finale, a damaged Waverider arrived with a mysterious occupant who warned the Legends not to leave. His name was Rex Tyler, AKA Hourman, (played by Patrick J. Adams) and he claimed to be a member of the Justice Society of America. Guggenheim talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the significance of that moment:
“With his final words in the finale, he planted a pretty deep flag about where we’re headed in season two, which is not just introducing Hourman but introducing his teammates in the Justice Society of America. For comic book fans, everyone knows the Justice Society is really the precursor to the Justice League, so it’s a pretty big move in our DC universe here on TV.”
With Vandal Savage finally vanquished, Rip and his team will inevitably face another foe next season. While many have thought it could be the alien Thanagarians that will come up against the Legends, Guggenheim says it’s someone (or something) far worse:
“People will be asking, ‘Vandal who?'”
“The season two big bad is actually not going to be the [alien race of] Thanagarians. It’s going to be something else entirely. All I’ll really say about the nemesis in season two is Vandal Savage looks like a walk in the park compared to what the Legends will be facing. This will be a much, much bigger threat. I’m going to leave it at that because when we do reveal it, it’s going to be pretty big. People will be asking, ‘Vandal who?’ once they get the full picture of what our team is up against. It’s going to be way bigger than what you can even imagine, I can guarantee it.”
Deadline also talked to Guggenheim, who confirmed that actress Ciara Renée (Kendra Saunders) will not be joining the show next year. Unlike Wentworth Miller’s exit as Leonard Snart, though, Kendra’s exit was not planned from the beginning:
“We went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories. The bow was tied so tightly and neatly with their story in the finale, that everything we thought of felt very forced. After 4000 years, they were no longer under the specter of Vandal, and we felt they need some time off. Bringing them back to the team as soon as the the beginning of Season 2 felt premature.”
And finally, Guggenheim talked to ComicBook.com, who asked him about those casting calls for two new Season Two characters that have been making waves:
“Casting breakdowns are not news. That’s true for any show, but for these shows, we know that they’re going to get picked up and reported as news, so the casting breakdowns for these shows are fake. Fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake. The names are fake, the descriptions are fake, everything is completely fake.
“So people can assume whatever they want, and people can keep reporting on fake news, but I just want them to know that it’s fake.”