In case you missed it, allow me to give you a quick refresher: DC's Legends of Tomorrow trailer dropped Thursday, and it did a lot more than just reveal the first footage of the upcoming Arrow - The Flash spinoff series. Though it did offer a breathtaking taste of the Justice League-style team in action, The CW's trailer revealed exactly who the big bad these heroes will be fighting is. And, trust me when I tell you: it's a doozy.
So far, we've seen Brandon Routh's Atom, described in the trailer as "a billionaire with more tech than he clearly knows what to do with"; Caity Lotz's White Canary, "a deceased assassin"; Ciara Renee's Hawkgirl, "a girl with wings and a past-lives complex"; Dominic Purcell's Heatwave and Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold, "a pair of criminals"; Victor Garber's Firestorm, "half a hero"; Stephen Amell's Arrow; and Grant Gustin's The Flash. But, there are two new characters joining the fold that are setting the tone for what's coming: The first is Arthur Darvill from Doctor Who, who's playing another comic book character Rip Hunter who tries to get these unlikely teammates to work together to fight one of the biggest villains the DC comics has ever seen... and that, folks, is Vandal Savage.
In the trailer, Oliver Queen explained who this guy is in a nut shell: "What you're up against is bigger than all of us ... He's been alive thousands of years. He immortal and commands the most powerful army the world has ever seen." For the purposes of understanding DC's Legends of Tomorrow, that's all you need to know at this point — but if you want to whet your palette for what's coming down the road, here's a more in-depth look at this infamous character from the comics.
Vandal Savage has appeared numerous times in the DC comics, animated cartoons and animated movies as a villain of the Justice League. Aside from immortality, his abilities include super strength, invulnerability and enhanced intelligence. But what makes him more of a threat is his ambition.
Queen is correct is saying this guy has been around for thousands of years. He was born in the age of the neanderthals when a meteor crashed into the Earth. While everyone else ran away in fear, Savage huddled up against the glowing rock for warmth — and in doing so absorbed the radiation it emitted. This is how he developed his powers. Over the years, he's been watching the development of mankind and, when given the chance, has ruled them as a vicious tyrant. Additionally over the years, he has amassed a large fortune, which he uses to fund his villainous plans and develop new technology and weaponry.
Over the course of various story arcs, Savage's plans have included the annihilation of mankind and their enslavement. With the inclusion of Rip Hunter in DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The CW plans on tapping Savage's time-travel ventures for source material. In order to create a future where he is the supreme leader, Savage has gone back in time to change the course of history, which normally entails bringing back high-tech weapons to more primitive times.
Oh, and another important detail, he likes to drink wine.
Savage was portrayed in live-action by Curtis Knox in the Superman TV series Smallville, though this updated version has yet to be cast. DC's Legends of Tomorrow formally starts shooting this summer, so keep an eye out for more updates.
In the meantime, watch the trailer again and again until your eyes bleed from excitement.
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