Even in quarantine, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s gotta do its thing.
“Every season we try to go bigger and zanier,” said Producer Grainne Godfree on a panel for the show at today’s DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse event. “Which is interesting this season, trying to be safe, and film during possible quarantine. But I feel like if any show can do it, the Legends can do it.”
Attended by stars from the expansive ensemble of the cast, including Caity Lotz, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Jess Macallan, Matt Ryan, Amy Louise Pemberton, Shayan Sobhian and Olivia Swann, the half-hour long virtual session was mostly focused on looking back at Season 5; but did contain some fun teases for Season 6, which will debut midseason 2021 on The CW.
Most of those teases, naturally, focused on the wild cliffhanger at the end of Season 5. After successfully stopping the Fates from rewriting the history of the world, the Legends chilled out at a punk rock show and bonded. Only unbeknownst to them, as they exited the club their leader Sara Lance (Lotz) was kidnapped by aliens. Yes, really.
“With Sara away, the kids kind of go crazy,” Godfree teased. “I feel like Sara is kind of one of the grounding influences on the show. The other might be Zari 1.0, but because she’s in a totem, everyone is going a little bonkers in her absence. So we really looked at this season as what would it do to people to have Sara missing.”
In case you’re a little confused by terms like “Zari 1.0” and “totem,” here’s the short version: after changing the history of the universe in Season 4, Zari (Ashe) was trapped inside her mystical wind totem, while a new version of her, a social media influencer we’ll call Zari 2.0, ran around in the real world. At the end of Season 5, Zari 1.0 sacrificed herself to save the universe — and her brother — and left Zari 2.0 behind as the now permanent member of the Legends.
“I do have mixed feelings about it because I do love Zari 1.0 and Zari 2.0,” Ashe reflected on the plot twist. “So yeah, I was surprised how genuinely sad I was shooting that last episode. I had these very split personality moments where I would be mad at my other self, shooting scenes. I would be very angry at 2.0, or vice versa. It’s sort of a mixed bag. I’m excited to be developing 2.0 further. But yeah, it was sad to say goodbye to 1.0.”
For the writers, though, that leads to new opportunities — specifically, spending more time with Zari 2.0, Behrad (Sobhian) and their sibling dynamic.
“We have a great episode, I think it’s number two actually, where we get into exactly that,” said EP Keto Shimizu, “exactly what it was like for [Behrad] to grow up in the shadow of your sister and to establish sort of your own thing. And you’re put into a time period, and you’re in an undercover identity where you kind of get to do that thing. And she’s the outsider, and she’s flummoxed, and she doesn’t know what’s going on. You have to teach her a thing or two. It’s a really fun opportunity for us to tell a story about the sibling dynamic without the fraught-ness of life or death, or ‘which one are you?’”
But the main focus on Season 6? Aliens. Every year, the Legends end up tangling with some new weirdness, from time-displaced dictators to Hell itself. In Season 6, Sara’s kidnapping will lead to solo stories for the team leader (“Don’t worry, we’re not losing Sara in this story, we will be checking her adventure even as she’s separated from the team,” added Shimizu), her girlfriend Ava (Macallan) losing control (“She takes Sara’s absence the hardest, and she starts to get a little frayed around the edges,” EP Phil Klemmer teased), as well as the introduction of a new Legend.
“She is a young Latinx woman from Texas who was kidnapped by aliens, and has got a thirst for vengeance,” Godfree said. “She’s going to come up to the ship… And she’s not going to be [one of] the lovable losers that we normally have. She’s going to be someone who is pretty tough and gives it to the other Legends, and they’re going to have to react and it’s going to throw them off their feet a little bit.”
That character will be named Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, and be played by Lisseth Chavez (Chicago P.D.). Cruz is described via a press release provided to Decider as, “Tough and self-sufficient, Spooner Cruz lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of — and defense against — space aliens. And while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared. A survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner now believes she has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens — making her the perfect recruit for Waverider captains Sara Lance, Ava Sharpe and the Legends who, in season six, will be hunting down extraterrestrials who have been displaced throughout history.”
“If everyone joins the ship and becomes best friends immediately, where’s the story there?” Shimizu added. “You gotta earn that. You gotta earn your place in the family.”
Back to the aliens, though. Fans of the Arrow-verse shows are very well aware of the existence of aliens, through crossovers as well as their intrinsic plot ties in Supergirl. But naturally, Legends is gonna do its own thing.
“We’re trying to lean into some genres, like alien genres?” Shimizu said. “Supergirl does their own version of aliens, and we’re really trying to make it look and feel different. We’re really putting our own spin on it.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return for Season 6 is midseason, 2021. Whatever that means with the current TV schedule.