TV review: Legends of Tomorrow, Sky 1
More silly fun from the team behind Arrow and The Flash, starring Arthur Darvill
Arthur 'Rory' Darvill might be keen to leave his Doctor Who days behind, but he's still dabbling with the old time travel in Legends of Tomorrow, the latest addition to DC's Arrowverse. Darvill plays Rip Hunter – 'I'm from East London,' he says. 'Oh, and the future.'
In order to save the world from the nefarious Vandal Savage, time master Hunter travels back in time and assembles a team of eight assorted goodies and baddies, all of whom have appeared as either regular characters or occasional guests in Arrow and The Flash before. From Arrow, there's Atom (Brandon Routh) and the recently resurrected Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), and main man Stephen Amell even makes a cameo, quiver and all.
But most of the gang are Flash people – Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Hawkgirl and Hawkman – and Legends oozes the same silly-fun of Barry Allen and his bunch. As Captain Cold, Wentworth Miller is at his hammy best and the unexpected chemistry between him and Sara Lance looks like it will be one of the series' highlights.
In this first episode, Hunter takes the legends-in-waiting back to 1975, to meet a scholar who's Vandall Savage expert, and who could give them the key to defeating him in the future – but a bounty hunter pursues the team through time, and interferes with their mission.
With the po-faced Captain America: Civil War and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice set to be two of the biggest releases of the year, DC's camp-ish TV universe offers some relief for fans that want to see a return to a time when superheroes weren't so serious. Like its cousins Arrow and The Flash, Legends keeps it light – with its retro theme, this episode reaches Adam West Batman-style frivolity – but still emotionally invested. With nine leads, the cast feels a little large and the dialogue is goofy and old-fashioned. But if silly superhero fun is what you're after, add Legends to the list.
Legends of Tomorrow is on Sky 1, 8pm Thu 3 Mar.