DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to be an Anthology Series with Standalone Seasons, Says Showrunner

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s showrunner reveals series’ format as an anthology and what to expect of their storytelling formula.

Legends-of-Tomorrow-trailerLegends of Tomorrow’s showrunner Phil Klemmer referred to the show’s format as been an anthology, with each season working as its own standalone story. Comparing the format to True Detective but deferring to it by showcasing the differences in his storytelling in the series as a whole.

It’s an anthology show. This is not designed to go forever. This season is meant to be standalone, I mean not as anthological as ‘True Detective.’ But not everybody will be continuing on this journey. The sort of central premise of time travel and Vandal Savage is totally up for grabs. This is meant to be a season that is tightly serialized that, when it’s over, you can’t go home again. It’s not going to begin Season 2 with us all hopping back on the same ship and like ‘Let’s get Vandal! Let’s get him for real this time!’ This is not traditional episodic television.

With this said, it will greatly differ from what we have seen so far on Arrow and The Flash, with major arcs working alongside minor storylines that are resolved in one or two episodes.

Executive Produce Marc Guggenheim clarifies the show’s formula in terms of serialized storytelling and where the line is drawn.

The way we think of it is each arc, each season is its own separate movie. What we want to do is have each separate movie have its own identity. So almost to the point where each season was telling one big story that you could sort of subtitle, like the way you do subtitle ‘American Horror Story,’ if that makes sense.

Though sharing the serialized/standalone storytelling technique with hit shows like American Horror Story and True Detective, the show will keep it original, with a rotating main cast, still working over building the big picture and showing connections here and there that ties the show with the rest of the universe the CW is building on TV.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz as White Canary, Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/the Atom, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Arthur Darvill debuting as Rip Hunter. Stephen Amell and Grant Gusting will act as recurring characters on the show, as the Arrow (or Green Arrow per Comic Con revelations) and The Flash respectively.

The show will air during midseason on 2016.

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Antonio Jose Chavez

Antonio Jose Chavez

Antonio is a comic book artist-in process, writer and a huge fan of everything related to DC Comics. He would like to become the next Batman, however he lacks the billions to do so....oh and the ninja training too
  • Bruce Wayne

    Hopefully this means no villain of the week. That killed the Flash for me. Taking away focus from the story you care about for an entire episode for a slow burner, extended plot line that could have been settled in 5 episodes or less. Also hope they add more heroes like Hal to the cast.

    • Antonio Chavez

      My thoughts exactly, but the Flash still has a lot of potential as a series.

      • Bruce Wayne

        Especially with him going to Earth 2. Now they will have twice the heroes and villains to work with. Wonder if they will have an Earth 2 Arrow.