By Shirley Li
March 19, 2017 at 06:06 PM EDT
Credit: The CW

The motley crew of superheroes on The CW’s upcoming Legends of Tomorrow may call themselves “legends,” but showrunner Phil Klemmer tells EW the team members haven’t quite lived up to the name — at least not when time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) recruits them at the start of the series to protect the time stream from Vandal Savage, a super-villain capable of destroying time itself.

“They’re screwups,” Klemmer says. “Instead of tiptoeing through history, they’re plodding through it, leaving their footprints and fingerprints and constantly having to wonder whether they’re going to screw the future up rather than fix it… It’s going to be total madness.”

Madness may be an understatement. The series, set in the same world as Arrow and The Flash (and sharing two of the same executive producers), plunges the team of benevolent heroes, jaded villains, and one resurrected assassin (Caity Lotz’s White Canary) into mayhem as they struggle to work together. And in the exclusive concept art of a battle sequence above, the team (try to spot Grant Gustin’s The Flash in the background!) is clearly doing its best to fight off evil, but there’s no method to the madness—for now.


Ultimately, Klemmer teases that these lesser-known DC Comics characters won’t just use time to fight crime and stop Savage—they’ll be tempted to meddle with it for their own gain, without thinking through the consequences.

“Who can resist the urge to correct the past or to investigate the future?” he says. “The idea of traveling through time has a caper quality to it, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. Yes, there will be the big ‘try to stop Vandal Savage’ [plot], but people will inevitably become diverted on their little side missions and when people are trying to fix their own timeline, that’s when you really start screwing things up.”

Legends of Tomorrow debuts winter 2016 on The CW.

An edited version of this story ran in Entertainment Weekly issue #1371-1372, on newsstands Friday, July 3.

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