During a recent visit to the set of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, series star Franz Drameh spoke with ComicBook.com and a group of other reporters about the series, which debuts on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
The actor, who was cast late in the game and whose role as the second Firestorm had to be kept under wraps until The Flash premiered and revealed the death of the first Firestorm (Robbie Amell's Ronnie Raymond), hadn't yet made his debut on an episode of The Flash at that point, and was just getting into some of his first interviews where he could actually speak about what he was doing on Legends.
Among other things, he told us about potential sparks for his character -- and on the ship, where he said he'd like to see Static pop up at some point.
A bit of irony there, since many fans had speculated early on that his character would turn out to actually be Static...!
Is it nice to be able to actually talk about who your character is now?
Yeah. Like, it was so difficult holding it when I was being asked questions, but now I'm actually talking about being Firestorm is a lot of fun.
There are some beautiful women on this ship. Do any of them catch Jax’s attention?
Not yet. Not so far, but we’ll see how it pans out. Maybe. Who knows? [Laughs]
What can you say about the difference between this Firestorm with Jax versus the one we saw with Robbie?
Well, Jax does not want to be a hero. Like, he does not want these powers, but at the end of the day, when it comes down to it, he has to step up and kind of embrace it and do his job. So, yeah, this Jax is more of a… I mean, he’s an athlete. He’s an ex-high school athlete working as a mechanic when he becomes Firestorm. So it’s a very different character to Ronnie Raymond, who we’ve previously seen.
What can you say about working with Victor Garber?
Oh, he’s a lot of fun. Love Victor. He’s so funny. Yeah, we have good banter on and off-set. It’s fun.
Now in the comics we’ve had a number of Firestorms. When you’re taking on a role like this, especially on a show where the teaser said not all of you will live, do you sit there and worry every episode, like going through the script wondering, "Man, am I going to still be on fire?"
"Oh, made it! Oh, made it!" I really wouldn’t want to say "worried." I’m not really worried about that kind of stuff. I kind of just take each episode as it comes and just look forward to reading a good ep and can’t wait to film it.
How has he been handling the time traveling? Like I imagine, especially for a younger person, to go back to an era that he could only read about, at this point might be a little bit mind-blowing.
Yeah, definitely. He definitely kind of finds the whole time travel thing weird, and he always has random questions about it. And definitely questions the fashion of some eras. [Laughs] So, yeah, it’s fun.
How was it for him to be in the '70s?
Yeah, that was cool. That was a good episode. Got to dress up, get my Saturday Night Fever on, so it was fun.
Is there any character in the DC universe that you would like to see on Legends?
Oh…Static Shock would be fun. Static Shock. I do like Static. Yeah, it’d be fun. Static would be cool.
Now, we know the big picture is eyes on Vandal Savage. Week in week out, do you have new individual threats that contribute to that story?
Yeah, I think there’s definitely each week kind of stories, but obviously Vandal Savage is the kind of through line. But yeah there’s definitely issues that need to be overcome each week.