The Legends of Tomorrow have been all around the timeline in its two seasons. They’ve gone back to age of dinosaurs, all the way to the futuristic Detroit of the year 3000.
The CW team of the Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, and others have often been witness to some historic moments in earth’s history, as well as dealt with some important moments in nerddom in their interactions with JRR Tolkien and George Lucas.
But while this season’s primary drive has been preventing the Legion of Doom from getting their hands on the Spear of Destiny—the object that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he was hung on the cross—the producers behind the show are hesitant to go to the actual moment that made the Spear important. So don’t expect them to visit when Jesus was stabbed any time soon.
On the show, Rip Hunter gave the explanation that some moments in history are too important to go back to and that even going near them could have devastating effects on reality.
Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Patrick Klemmer gave a more practical explanation behind the reason why during an interview with ComicBook.com.
“A lot of times you have to come up with a rule that explains something you just can’t do,” Klemmer said. “We probably would love to go to Judea, 33 AD, but it’s hard to make Vancouver look like that — aside from being a huge, theological lightning rod. So that might have been a case of production driving a rule.”
Klemmer added that “marquee moments in history are great,” but there’s are restrictions in what they can achieve during the show’s production.
“It’s always a question of what you can pull off in 8 days on a TV budget in Canada,” Klemmer said.
But the showrunner also hinted that season 3’s structure might shift as well, and that going to different places in history might not always be in the cards.
“The thing I can tease about next season: it’s not going to be as simple as traveling through to famous eras in history and trying to spot the aberration and then correcting it,” Klemmer said. “There’s going to be an added dimension that’s sort of platformed on what our team ends up doing int he finale. It becomes exponentially more complicated, what the mission of the week will look like in season 3.”
Hmm, could the Legends of Tomorrow be heading to different destinations in the Multiverse like their ally Barry Allen aka The Flash? Maybe we’ll learn more when the second season finale airs tonight.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The season 2 finale will air at a special time tonight night at 8 p.m. ET/PT before the season 3 premiere of iZombie.