Legends of Tomorrow Snart Dies

Arrow/Flash Heroes Won't Fret About Sara, Firestorm, Other 'MIA' Legends

Although their plan is to only be “gone” for a hot second, the heroes and villains who form DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be missing in action from Arrow and The Flash for the foreseeable future.

Thus far, both Firestorm (comprised of Professor Stein and “Jax” Jackson, who are off learning to be a team) and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (who kissed Cisco goodbye to explore a future with longtime lover Carter Hall/Hawkman) have already been written off of The Flash, so their absences are accounted for. And in the Legends premiere, Arrow‘s Oliver and Laurel are respectively apprised of Ray and Sara’s far-out new lot in life.

But Team Flash theoretically should notice that the criminal coupling of Captain Cold and Heat Wave has hit a cold spell, or get to wondering what’s taking Firestorm 2.0 so long to get its act together.

Executive producer Greg Berlanti acknowledges that — as one character even notes in the Legends pilot — “If it all goes as planned,” after the unlikely allies are done helping time traveler Rip Hunter find and vanquish Vandal Savage, they will be returned to the precise time they left, and thus won’t ever go “missing.” But you know what they say about best laid plans, God laughing and such.

“They’re supposed to be coming back to when they left, but obviously that ain’t gonna happen!” Berlanti tells TVLine with a laugh. (After all, to do so would be to spoil who eventually survives the hunt for Savage.)

But neither will any conspicuous-ish absences be noticed or mentioned on-screen, on either Arrow or The Flash. Says Berlanti, “We haven’t done it as of yet,” at least through the 18th episode of each series’ current season.

That Legends debuts at midseason (specifically, this Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c) makes smoothing over the eight characters’ absences a smidgen easier.

“Were all the shows to have started at the same time [in the fall], that would be something we spend a lot of brainpower thinking about — like, how and when might we figure out ways to intersect some of these characters,” Berlanti says. “But they’re off on their mission, [away] from the timeline as our [Arrow/Flash] characters are experiencing it right now.”

Which of the eight Legends will you most miss from their “origin” series?

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  1. BeckyBoo says:

    Thank goodness. Can’t wait for Flash and Arrow to get back to being fully about Flash and Arrow. So much time faffing around setting up characters who have no future on either show (pun intended). Hope LoT is worth it, after all the time dedicated to setting it up.

  2. kath says:

    I’ll be glad when Arrow can get back to being Arrow again rather than a launch pad for LoT. The Flash fared better because it was more organic on that show.

    I’ll miss Sara the most because she was the perfect Canary (Black Canary) but then I missed her all last season. Ray wore out his welcome by the midseason finale so I hope he fits in better on the new show.

    • Glenda says:

      Oh dear, Sara was/is NEVER the “Black Canary”. The LOA gave her the name ‘canary, as in the actual bird, i.e. a beautiful yellow canary because of her golden hair. All a creation of TV arrow. The original actress portraying ‘Sara had dark hair and was written as a very shallow selfish back-stabbing sister . The Caity Lotz ‘ Sara is written as much more sympathetic and strong. Hopefully now that the Flash and LOT shows are rolling, the creators/writers of TV Arrow will give Laurel Lance, the “Black Canary” the depth of character growth deserved of the central woman of Green Arrow lore. And, NOT take away from all the beloved heroes of ‘team arrow ! The ” who is in the grave storyline” is not heroic..it’s become mundane! Write the Darkk, Hive, Felicity history story lines..not the soap opera romance, please Greg? Wendy?

      • kath says:

        While Laurel Lance got the name, Sara got the motivation and martial arts training of the comic book Black Canary. She even got the line “so that no woman would suffer at the hands of a man” which was straight from the comic Black Canary’s mouth.

        • VC says:

          Black Canary was NEVER an assassin in the comics. While Sara had some character traits of the comics Canary, Laurel is closer to the genuine article, as she should be.

      • Heather says:

        The LOA didn’t choose the name, Sara chose it because she had a pet canary as a child and saw one when she was floating in the ocean between the Gambit sinking and the Amazo picking her up. Thanks for exposing yourself as totally clueless, though!

  3. ABG says:

    Love Sara and will miss her on Arrow. I think that they will eventually figure out a way to crossover, but it’s most likely gonna be next season.

  4. ScottJ says:

    The logic doesn’t work. If the Legends are only gone for a second (real time) then they aren’t away at all during the remainder of the Flash and Arrow seasons. So they should still be showing up as they normally would.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      “They’re supposed to be coming back to when they left, but obviously that ain’t gonna happen!” Berlanti tells TVLine with a laugh. (After all, to do so would be to spoil who eventually survives the hunt for Savage.)

  5. Phoenix5634 says:

    Stein will be my most missed from the Flash, but I’m excited for him to have a larger role in LoTs. Also when Captain Cold and Heatwave first appeared on the Flash, I didn’t really like them, but I’m really starting too, every episode they get better in my opinion. Same goes for most the others Legends too I think, with their own show now I think a lot of them are really going to do very well. My favourite 4 Legends ( at this point ) would probably be; Stein, Capt Cold, Heatwave, and Canary.

  6. Phoenix5634 says:

    I want to see Michael Shanks get casted for a really good character on any of these DC shows. He’s a great actor.

  7. I can’t wait for Legends of Tomorrow!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Sara on Arrow for sure! She was perfect as Canary, I wish they had kept her but I hope she does well on LoT.