Blu-ray Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow The Complete First Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I review in this blog post. All opinions I share are my own.

Release Date: August 23, 2016
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: Approx. 704 min (not including bonus content)

From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, as well as new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon.  Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront the unstoppable threat ofthe immortal Vandal Savage— a threat which not only puts the world at stake, but all of time itself.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (The Flash, Titanic), Brandon Routh (Arrow, Superman Returns), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who), Caity Lotz (Arrow, Mad Men), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Edge of Tomorrow), and Ciara Renée (The Flash), with Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, The Flash) and Wentworth Miller (Prison Break, The Flash).  Falk Hentschel (The Flash), and Casper Crump (The Flash, Arrow) are recurring guest stars in the series.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Phil Klemmer (Chuck, Political Animals), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Blindspot, Supergirl, The Mysteries of Laura) and Chris Fedak (Chuck, Forever).


Of all of the DC TV shows, I was most excited for the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, because, time travel. Time travel is one of my absolute favorites so I had very high expectations and I am so happy to say that this show is everything that I’d hope it would be and so much more.

In Legends of Tomorrow, we follow an unlikely team of superheroes as they travel through time and go on mission after mission to change the past, the present, and save the future. First, I loved that this team of superheroes included not only two women but one woman of color. Diversity for the win! Representation matters because everyone matters so this inclusion of the often overlooked meant so much to me. Plus, she’s Hawkgirl. A black woman can fly and she does here and that is beautiful.

Okay, so the time travel. I was most excited for the “mission of the week” portion of the show, which took us to a different point in time every week. I loved it all, from the Old Wild West to the 1950s to the Cold War in 1986 and so on.

Then, there’s the overarching storyline which takes us to the ruins of the future and gives us a romance that spans back to the 1700s. This show has so much to offer, so much to be enamored by. There’s plenty of action, plenty of laughs, love, tension, and classic sci fi time travel drama. Legends of Tomorrow made my night each week I settled into to watch a new episode.

I really loved the dynamics between everyone on the team, as they get to know each other, become closer, are willing to fight with and for each other, but also are not so vulnerable enough that they don’t still keep a distance. They’ve all got pasts, they’ve all got skeletons in the closet and weaknesses that they’d rather not focus on. Seeing a group of superheroes learn what it means to come together, to be a team, despite their pasts and differences, it’s great. And great is surely an understatement here.

So if you’ve been sleeping on Legends of Tomorrow, do yourself a favor and get on it. You’ll get over the fact that Arthur Darvill is basically his own time lord here haha and you’ll really dig it. You’re missing out big time if this isn’t on your watch list. So much to love here! Get this on blu-ray or DVD. Go, go, go!

Bonus Features:

* DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel (18:49 minutes) – In case you want to hear the cast and crew talk about what it’s like being part of the first DC show focused on a team of superheroes, check out this panel. Otherwise, you’re not missing much here.

Appearing in this Feature:
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Moderator, Geoff Johns (CCO of DC Comics)
Executive Producers, Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter
Cast Members, Ciara Renée, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell

* Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot (6:57 minutes) – In this feature, the crew talks about bringing to life the Old Wild West for the episode, “The Magnificent Eight.” I’m not necessarily a fan of westerns but I do admire the world building and seeing not only the Wild West come together but the comic book character of Jonah Hex come to life and really make the setting even more fascinating and gripping from the ground up was really wonderful to see.

Appearing in this Feature:
Executive Producers, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer
Production Designer, Ian Thomas
Location Manager, Peter Klassen
Prop Master, Trinita Waller
Costume Designers, Vicky Mulholland, Maya Mani
Cast Member, Johnathon Schaech

* A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set (8:53 minutes) – In this feature, the crew talks about the name behind the Waverider before giving us an inside look at how the interior of the spaceship came together…which includes quite a few easter eggs for anyone keeping track. If you enjoy hearing the crew talk about set design, tone, and the character the setting brings to the show, you’ll really enjoy this feature. I definitely did.

Appearing in this Feature:
Executive Producers, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer
Production Designer, Ian Thomas
Director of Photography, David Geddes

* History in the Making (13:04 minutes) – In this feature, the crew talks about the ideas, details, and miracles from concept to script to shooting to air, the complexity of tone for each setting given the time travel element, and their favorite episodes. I loved it. As Guggenheim says in the feature about the time travel element, each episode really feels like its own mini movie, and that’s why I love this show so much. Seeing how all of that work comes together is really special. The crew also talks about the characters and what it means to portray a team – these superheroes speak for themselves but what does it mean when their weight is added to and their dynamics brush with others on the team? This is touched on a bit, not nearly enough in my opinion but the fact that it was acknowledged is something.

Appearing in this Feature:
Executive Producers, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer
Director of Photography, David Geddes
Prop Master, Trinita Waller
Costume Designer, Vicky Mulholland
Location Managers, Peter Klassen, Catou Kearney
Production Designer, Ian Thomas
Visual Effects Supervisor, Armen Kevorkian

* Gag Reel (7 minutes) – This is one of my favorite gag reels of the 2015-2016 season for sure. So. much. fun.

Own DC’s Legends of Tomorrow The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Watch an all new season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this fall on The CW.