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DC Comics is doing absolutely fantastic when it comes to their television properties. Arrow was arguably one of the most popular shows on television throughout its first few seasons. That’s why everybody was so surprised when its spin-off show, The Flash, blew away all expectations. Also, both Gotham and Supergirl have very loyal fan bases. Then DC decided to do something that had never been done before, make a live-action TV show about a superhero team. While these Legends of Tomorrow were no Justice League, fans were ecstatic when they announced it. Unfortunately, they haven’t really stuck the landing. So here are some key factors that lead to the ultimate disappointment that is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
(Keep in mind that this might feature some very minor spoilers from the first two episodes)
Poor Fight Choreography
The fight scenes in Arrow and The Flash are a few of the leading factors that have contributed to their popularity. The choreography of the fight scenes makes them so believable. (At least, as believable as a man literally running through time can be.) When it was announced that a superhero team-up show made by these same people was coming out, the fights were what a lot of people got excited about.
Unfortunately, these fights are poorly orchestrated. People are using fighting techniques that would not be useful at all in hand-to-hand combat. Plus, you can visibly see the gap between peoples’ fists and faces. For example, here on the right Heat Wave is supposed to be hitting this goon in the head with his gun. Maybe they just have some really bad extras, but you’d think they could, at least, react at the correct time. Right?
One-liners can be great if they’re executed correctly. It seems as if Legends of Tomorrow is trying to completely rely on one-liners. They are extremely common in this show. I would even go as far to say that you can expect one every five minutes or so. While this wouldn’t be a bad thing if they landed, only about 25% of them do, if that. It takes you out of it whenever they try and make an epic one-liner, and in some cases, I’ve even found myself cringing at how bad they are.
Not Enough Time-Masters
Personally, I was stoked when they announced that this show was going to heavily feature time-travel and the Time Masters. You can imagine my disappointment when they were only in the first ten minutes of the first episode. Yes, the whole “Going rogue” approach that they’re taking with Rip Hunter does seem intriguing. But it’s as if they used that as a gimmick to justify not having the Time-Masters at all. Is it just me or does the idea of an organization traveling through time protecting the timeline seem amazing? You’d think DC would want to capitalize on that.
Team Chemistry (or lack thereof)
This is by far the most disappointing thing about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The Atom, Sara Lance, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl, all of the members of this team were great on Arrow and The Flash. The difference is, on those shows they were fantastic side-characters. Here, they were brought to the forefront, and it hasn’t worked out too well. It seems as if Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim chose these characters because they were fan favorites, not because they were best for the show. It’s lazy storytelling. When building a good story, you don’t start with the characters and build around them. You start with the story and add in characters that fit and add to the overall experience. While I love all of these characters, they do not work well together at all.
It is important to note that the show is only two episodes in. So maybe Berlanti and Guggenheim have heard the fans’ complaints, and they have some big surprise up their sleeve that will make this show so much better. While we know Jonah Hex and a one-armed elderly Oliver Queen are coming to the show, I’m not sure exactly where they're going, and I’m not so sure they do either. It feels too much like a quick cash-grab. Which is a problem they NEED to fix if they want to keep fans interested and get a second season.
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