Post Mortems

Legends of Tomorrow Boss on Death of [Spoiler], Nate's Superpower Struggle

Legends of Tomorrow Recap

Warning: The following contains spoilers from Thursday’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Justice Society of America is down one team member, as of this week’s Legends of Tomorrow.

During the episode’s closing minutes, Reverse-Flash stole an artifact of value to Hitler from Hourman (Patrick J. Adams) and then killed the hero. Just before he took his last breath, the JSA icon delivered one final message to his friend Vixen (new series regular Maisie Richardson-Sellers), which will give her reason to be suspicious of the Waverider’s time-hopping crew.

As executive producer Marc Guggenheim points out, “If you’re Vixen, and you’ve got Rex Tyler dying in your arms, and you hear the words ‘time traveler,’ who would you think is responsible?”

While Vixen keeps tabs on the Legends, the show will find other ways to incorporate the JSA, even as it leaves behind their 1942 stomping grounds. For starters, “we do go back to 1987, [where] we’ll meet a much older version of Obsidian, who’s going to be played by [Millennium star] Lance Henriksen,” Guggenheim previews. “Then we have another device up our sleeves that I don’t want to spoil because it deals with stuff that is mythology-based in the back half of the year.”

Elsewhere in the hour, Nate’s origin story kicked off when Ray injected the new recruit with a “serum” in order to save the hemophiliac’s life. In the process, he gave the JSA legacy — Nate’s grandfather was Commander Steel, while he becomes Citizen Steel in the DC Comics lore — abilities that manifest in next Thursday’s episode, which “really shows how difficult it is for Nate to get his powers under control,” the EP teases.

“In the evolution of a hero, there are all these fun, seminal moments that we wanted to put our Legends spin on,” just as The Flash did with Barry Allen in Season 1, Guggenheim explains. “Part of that is discovering you have powers, learning how to control those powers, the first time you go out in costume, the first time you fail, the first time you realize you have a weakness. We wanted to be able to tell all those different kinds of stories.”

Legends fans, what did you think of Hourman’s demise? And are you excited for Nate the superhero?