DC's Legends of Tomorrow, or simply Legends of Tomorrow, is an upcoming American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, who
also executive produce with Sarah Schechter. It is scheduled to air on The CW, with its debut in 2016 during the 2015–16 season. The series is a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, and exists in
the same fictional universe.
Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself.
In January 2015, Greg Berlanti stated that there were "very early" preliminary talks for an additional spin-off series centered on Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh). In February 2015, it was reported that a spin-off series, which is described as a superhero team-up show, was in discussion by The CW for a possible 2015–16 midseason release. Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter would serve as executive producers. The potential series would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash, including Ray Palmer, Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber). Caity Lotz is also mentioned to be among the main cast. There is potential for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new series, and the series is casting "three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series."
In March 2015, Stephen Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen / Arrow on Arrow, confirmed the series would air in the 2015–16 midseason. Additionally, Kreisberg stated more would be revealed about the nature of the series by the end of Arrow 's third season, specifically why Lotz is slated to appear, given her previous character, Canary, was killed at the start of Arrow season three. Berlanti also stated there was a particular reason for the other half of Firestorm, as seen on The Flash, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) not being mentioned in the initial cast announcement. On the purpose of the series, Berlanti said it was designed to be "most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time. For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it." He also revealed the producers were focusing on “making sure that the villain that we have on [the] show is distinct too… another big character who hasn’t been used yet.” Also in March, Dominic Purcell was revealed to be reprising his role as Heat Wave in the series, and Blake Neely, composer of Arrow and The Flash, would serve as composer. At the end of the month, Arthur Darvill was cast as Rip Hunter, one of the "new to TV" DC characters, while Ciara Renée was cast as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl. In April 2015, in a Variety article on the recent MipTV event, it noted the title for the series would be Legends of Tomorrow, despite it still being unconfirmed by those involved with the series. Also in the month, Franz Drameh was cast as Jay Jackson.
In May 2015, Garber revealed filming would begin in August 2015, for a January 2016 premiere. Additionally, he said that The CW was impressed with what was shown to them, giving the project a straight-to-series order. The network officially confirmed the order for the series on May 7, 2015, as well as the official title, DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Later in the month, it was confirmed that Lotz would reprise her role as Sara Lance, who has taken the name White Canary, as well as revealing the antagonist as Vandal Savage.