When Legends of Tomorrow returns for its third season, it is set to bring plenty of time-traveling antics back onto viewers' television screens. But along the way, it will also provide a look at one of the Legends' surprisingly heartbreaking backstories.
During the show's panel at today's Television Critics Association press tour, it was revealed that a future episode of Legends' third season will address the backstory of Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh).
"Ray has had dark times." explained Routh. "It's interesting to see his counterpoint [of] light versus darkness."
According to Legends executive producer Phil Klemmer, the goal of that storyline will be to show the "pathology behind optimism." It was also revealed that Ray's backstory will, in the process, help him bond with the newest Legends team member, Zari Adrianna (Tala Ashe).
Ray's past has only briefly been referenced on Arrow and Legends, with the hero having a lonely childhood filled with books and movies. Along the way, fans can expect a return - or really, official debut - of Sydney Palmer, Ray's brother. Sydney was referenced - and shown in the form of a bust - in the Legends season one episode 'Progeny', where it was revealed that he had become the 'father of the robotics industry' after continuing the work of his presumably-dead brother Ray.
It's unclear if this flashback will be a true flashback (similar to those of Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl and Carter Hall/Hawkman in Legends season one), or if the Waverider will actually travel back to the time of Ray's childhood (similar to Leonard Snart/Captain Cold's run-in with his childhood self in season one). Fans will just have to stay tuned in to Legends of Tomorrow to find out.
The series returns to Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., following new episodes of The Flash, in October.
Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.
Supergirl premieres on Monday, October 9th at 8 pm, while The Flash debuts on Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm. Legends of Tomorrow moves to Tuesdays this Fall, airing right after The Flash on October 10. On Thursday, October 12 at 9 pm Arrow will premiere to round out the DC roster.