Well it's finally happening! We are getting a live action version of the Legion of Doom! As announced at last week's San Diego Comic Con the Legion of Doom will be the primary antagonists of DC's Legends of Tomorrow season 2. Given the revelation that the Justice Society of America would feature in the new season it really shouldn't come as a surprise. Especially since the past four years of DC CW series have built up a hell of rogues gallery in and of themselves. From Arrow, the Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and even Supergirl there are have been many adversaries to choose from, some are even pictured above.
So far the LoD is confirmed to have Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, Captain Cold and the Reverse Flash.
Not much room for diversity in the Legion of Doom is there?
Over on Gotham, it seems like the villains are teaming up all the time or at least that happened quite a few times during season 2. Having a whole slew of baddies on the CW to fight their burgeoning Justice Society is definitely exciting. However, one can't help but wonder, is that it? Will we get to see more Legionnaires? Oh wait . . . That's a different thing . . . But you know what I mean! Who else might we get to see this year torture and fight our beloved Legends? Well, I have a wish list I'd like to share . . .
I think it's pretty safe to say that Grodd was a surprise inclusion during season 1 of The Flash. Even more surprising was his return in season 2 where he got a lot of screen time. That's no small feat for a character that basically demands to be 100% CGI, i.e. he's very expensive to use especially for a cable TV series. We left him last about to discover Gorilla City in another dimension. Given Grodd's rising intellect it's safe to say he will find a way back to Central City to cause trouble for our beloved Scarlet Speedster. But what if before he makes it back to Central City, he's recruited by the Legion of Doom? He's been an LoD mainstay for a long time. It's not out of the realm of possibilities that the LoD will need some serious muscle, not to mention a psychic powered muscle, to help them carry out their evil schemes. The only issue I can foresee is that Grodd would be very expensive to animate for multiple episodes, given the fact that most of the main heroes require a good deal of animation to begin with. But then again, ya never know! The producers of the DC CW shows have surprised us before!
While he's never been a member of the Legion of Doom in the comic books, as far as I know, he was a very important and arguably the best villain that Arrow has had so far. Fans have practically been begging for his return since he was left on Lian Yu at the end of season 2. True, he came back for an episode in season 3 but does that really count? We didn't get to see him dawn his bad ass armor again and really cut loose! So why not do that? Let's bring back Oliver's worst enemy and have him really wreak havoc on the Legends! It's not so crazy when you think about it. Sara Lance is also one of his most hated enemies and she's got a front row seat on the Waverider. All Merlyn would have to do is say Sara's name and Slade would be more than happy to jump at the chance for revenge. It's what that crazy bastard lives for!
Grundy is kind of a no brainer. I mean literally, the dude doesn't have much intelligence. But he likes stealing things and apparantly he's a zombie that will never die. He's basically the muscle of the Legion of Doom. I mean, someone has to be stupid enough to start a fight with Superman for crying out loud! During season 2 of Arrow, Grundy's alter ego Cyrus Gold was used. He was infused with Mirakuru and gave the Arrow some trouble before he was finally put down. While that character was a cool nod to Grundy, back when Arrow was still skirting around having actual superpowers in the show, it would be nice to see that character come back as the walking undead thief we all know and love(ish). His inclusion this season is unlikely though given that Gotham is set to include their own version of Grundy sometime during their new season. Still . . . it would be great to see him brought to life and make trouble for the Legends.
Another mainstay of the Legion of Doom is Superman's backwards doppelganger, Bizarro. In the comics he is from a cube shaped Earth and is the opposite of Superman. In some stories he speaks in opposites, like Hi means Good Bye, etc. In other stories his powers are the reverse of Superman. For example he has Ice Vision and Fire Breath in contrast to Superman's Arctic Breath and Heat Vision. Not long ago, Supergirl got her own version of Bizarro in the comic books. When the producers adapted Supergirl into a live action TV Series they loosely adapted this story. Bizarro Supergirl is the reverse of Supergirl, she's monstrous, Ice Vision, Fire Breath, and destroys instead of saving. She's created by Maxwell Lord as a counterpoint to Supergirl, but as these things go, she goes off the reservation and well . . . there's fighting and such . . . Anyway! She would make a great addition to the CW's Legion of Doom, assuming of course that Supergirl is established on their Earth as opposed to being in a different part of the Multiverse (I really hope that's corrected). Like with Grundy, since the majority of the confirmed LoD members are just regular dudes, minus Reverse Flash, it's a good idea to have some serious muscle on the team to throw off the team's ability to stop whatever evil scheme they are hatching. Cuz in the end, we wanna see handsome men like Brandon Routh punching ugly people like Bizarro am I right? Haha! . . . No . . . Yeesh . . . Anyway!
Another mainstay of the Legion of Doom! In the comics, Winslow Schott AKA the Toyman was a disgruntled toy maker hell bent on getting revenge on those who wronged him. For the most part, that origin remains intact for his various appearances on Smallville, Superman: the Animated Series, and of course Supergirl. It seems like his motivation for joining the Legion of Doom is nothing more than having a group of like minded people that love taking their aggression out on superheroes in creative ways. And let's face it, what's wrong with that? I think the Supergirl version of the character would fit in perfectly next to Damien Darhk, Merlyn, Cold, and Reverse Flash. He's a creepy enough guy with a penchant for making crazy robot things for the heroes to fight. It's why he's always been included in almost every version of the Legion of Doom thus far, why should Legends of Tomorrow be any different? I think he'd fit it in well and would be a great foil to the other characters. Or maybe just have him show up in the crossover episode and screw with Green Arrow and the Flash.
They have EXPLOSIVE personalities! Haha . . . get it?
While those are just a small number of characters that I think would fit into the Legion of Doom, I think they are all good choices. Whether it's their history with the organization from Challenge of the Super Friends or the comic books or just the characters' histories within the CW-verse, they are all good choices. I can't wait to see what happens with these villains and how the heroes will deal with them. Especially Captain Cold. Didn't he die? . . . Stupid time travel . . .
Till Next Time!
JJ - The Comic Junkie!