Phil Klemmer, executive producer and showrunner for the new CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow talked with DCLegendsTV.com about the upcoming show. Some of the highlights include how often we will get to see Hawkman and just how much The Atom suit cost to make.
Starting off with the recently cast Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman, Klemmer confirms that we’ll first meet the winged hero in episode 408 of Arrow. Hawkman will also be a regular and like all members of the cast, will be seen in all of the episodes. He was asked if it would diminish the value of Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) to have him there:
It doesn’t, because the way we’ve imagined them is that they’ve obviously been reincarnated through the ages together, but the fact that he remembers their previous lives and she doesn’t… it gives them very much like a Bogie & Bacall sort of [relationship].
They’re constantly fighting, and the fact that they’re destined to be in love is something that seems impossible to her. That’s the kind of sentimentality that we really strive to avoid on this show. The fact that they’re going to be together someday, we try desperately at every moment to disprove that, this is going to be the one time that they decide to, like, shoot each other in the face.
Klemmer also talked about Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and if there are any difficulties writing a shrinking character after the recent release of Marvel’s Ant-Man:
The only challenge is how expensive his costume costs, and the danger that we actually injure him doing stunts, because his costume actually costs not just more than a car — more than, like, your average American home — so the scariest thing about Atom is I’m thinking, like, “when do you use a digital double, and when do you use Brandon?” I mean, obviously Brandon is irreplaceable.
I loved Ant-Man and I love Paul Rudd, and I think he’s a hilarious guy, but to me, they’re just such different people — the fact that they share a crossover of powers… it also helped that I was thinking about Legends of Tomorrow before I ever saw Ant-Man. I mean, if I hadn’t started to write this first, I just never would have seen that, because you don’t want to be contaminated with another pre-existing idea.
To me, Ray is a billionaire do-gooder with a secret and Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) is like a wisecracking cat burglar. So aside from the fact that they shrink, I don’t see a whole lot of overlap.
An average American home is said to be worth $188,900.00… so that may be close to what the Atom suit might have cost. But then again, Klemmer works in Hollywood and the median home price in California is $443,200.00.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will make its debut in early 2016 on the CW.