Legends of Tomorrow Executive Producer Praises Cast Diversity, Teases Future Seasons

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Rumors that DC's Legends of Tomorrow is designed as a one-season event series are seemingly exaggerated, as showrunner Greg Berlanti referenced two or three years of plans when asked about the show's diverse cast.

Saying that diversity is a talking point in Hollywood "because it should be," Berlanti -- who also produces SupergirlArrow and The Flash -- said that he was proud of the diversity in the Legends of Tomorrow cast, which features characters from a variety of cultures, races, ages, and two female leads.

The plan is for the cast to be even more diverse in two to three years, Berlanti told ComicBook.com's Emily Donn today at the Television Critics Association.

 

"That's the desire," Berlanti said. "It makes the story more interesting; it allows us to keep going to more places and keep working with better and better talent. That being said, I think everybody can take things even further. I don't look at this ensemble and think it's as diverse as it should be or could be even two or three years from now."

At the suggestion that future seasons could see changes to the cast makeup, series star Victor Garber jokingly asked how long he had.

More details and fuller conext for Berlanti's remarks will be coming out of TCA later today and in the week ahead.

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).

Legends of Tomorrow premieres Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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    • DarkWater
    • 938 Posts in 17 Months

    If there is a sequel hopefully it brings in some more diversity. I always find it funny with people when studios say they want more diversity, but never really bring it into their products. Their definition of diversity is a black man, white strong female and a gay or lesbian person, yet you very rarely see a Mexican, Native American or an Asian actor being part of that diversity.

    In the next season you could have Ray working at his company full time, so Ryan Choi takes over as the Atom. Young Justice showed that Apache Chief could be used in a non racist way, so give him a shot at a season. Bring in Brazilian superhero Fire and her best friend from Switzerland, Ice too. There is a lot of possibilities for more diversity in the next season or the one after that. Maybe even get real twins to play the Wonder Twins. I believe there is great potential with those two, yet no one shows or gives it to them and instead makes them the comic relief. Why not instead take those characters seriously and if you do, you'll have great characters with them if you do?

    • RJW
    • 404 Posts in 18 Months

    Nyssa is gay and half asian, if that helps.

    • timmmc
    • 44 Posts in 26 Months

    Not to make an excuse (because there is none), but perhaps they initially planned on including Katana, but had to replace her because of Suicide Squad (since there's a precident for that already). Maybe she'd be an option for a later season.

    • cimmerian
    • 784 Posts in 26 Months

    Maybe the Titans can come play at the CW now.

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