Has Rip Hunter left Legends of Tomorrow for good?
That was among the burning questions after DC’s Legends of Tomorrow capped off its second season Tuesday night with Rip (Arthur Darvill) packing his bag and leaving the team. But fear not: Viewers have not seen the last of the Waverider’s former captain.
“We’ve got plans for Rip for next year,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told EW on our SiriusXM radio show Superhero Insider. “It’s just in a different capacity than him being a member of the team.”
The other big question raised in the finale was what exactly the Legends have wrought. After interacting with their past selves in order to prevent the Legion of Doom from getting its hands on the Spear of Destiny again, the Legends created a time storm that landed them in Los Angeles circa 2017 — though there was a horde of dinosaurs and buildings from various eras littered about. What’s really going on?
“Our metaphor in the writers’ room is that we’re approaching time as a jigsaw puzzle,” Guggenheim says. “What the Legends did in the finale was take the jigsaw puzzle box and shake it up… The fact that we broke time, part of that was a desire on our part to go even crazier in season 3. By breaking time, we created a lot more opportunities for zaniness.”
Could that zaniness include the potential introduction of Kamandi, the last boy in a Planet of the Apes-esque post-apocalyptic future in which highly evolved animals rule the Earth? “We have talked about Kamandi in the writers’ room,” Guggenheim says. “He’s definitely a character that we love and a concept that we love. Certainly, we’ve opened the door for that kind of story. I can’t say that we’re absolutely committed to doing Kamandi next year, it’s just totally on the table and certainly something we’ve been talking about.”
Whichever route the show goes next season, the consequences of the Legends’ actions will not reverberate throughout the full Arrow-verse. “There will be an explanation in season 3 about why you’re not seeing dinosaurs running through Central City,” Guggenheim says. “We’d rather keep the shows separate in that regard.”
Listen below to the full interview, where Guggenheim also teases new season 3 characters and also drops hints about what’s in store for Arrow‘s upcoming finale:[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/316438841" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to return in the fall. Tune in to SiriusXM’s Ch. 105 on Thursdays at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET for more on The CW’s super series on Superhero Insider, hosted by Kyle Anderson and this reporter.