During our roundtable interview with The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh on season four, they discussed who they’d like to see their characters work with more in the future. The ensemble of Legends of Tomorrow continues to grow, and season four will find Matt Ryan as John Constantine playing a big role on the team. Routh confessed he’d like to see his character, Ray Palmer, spend some time with Constantine because he thinks the pairing of magic and science would be pretty interesting to watch.
Caity Lotz, on the other hand, is pleased about all the female characters who are part of the season four cast, and she expressed interest in Sara getting a little more time with her fellow females. “I’d like to get more, now that we have so many girls on our cast, some missions where it’s all ladies. I think there’s a lot of great bromances on our show and we need some more girlmances,” said Lotz which led to a discussion of whether “girlmance” is an actual word. She added, “I would like for some of the female relationships to deepen a bit.”
Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh also discussed their characters’ arc for the new season and the impact of the return of Maisie Richardson-Sellers playing a new character named Charlie.
Season four of The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow will premiere on October 22, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT.
What would you say are your characters’ emotional journeys for season four?
Caity Lotz: “I think for Sara she really wants to try to build a life, and like some normalcy and feel like a real person. And, you know, she had a relationship and some normalcy, and of course that’s not an easy thing to do. I think she’s going to struggle a lot between her responsibilities as the captain and having a relationship and trying to be normal.”
Brandon Routh: “You know, Ray is happy they defeated Mallus but conflicted about his decision to give Nora Darhk the time stone. There’s some things that happen early on in the season that lead him to question whether that was a good idea and if his gamble on Nora turning into a good person is going to pay off or not. He’s a little worried about that.”
It seems like around season two they changed your character’s personality a bit and made him more wholesome. Do you know why?
Brandon Routh: “I think they leaned into what I was doing, and I think they wrote more towards that aspect, I guess. Maybe they had a need to make somebody be that to contrast with the other darker sides of characters that we had. I mean, the truth is that Ray on Arrow was, I think, envisioned one way and I swam upstream because I wanted to make him not so much a Tony Stark but have him be a kinder presence.
That just naturally fed into the comedic abilities of Ray and the comedy gold that could be mined out of a goody two-shoes character, a Boy Scout character. That worked and the comedy of that worked, so we just kept building and morphing Ray into this version which I think is great because it’s true to a lot of my growing up. I don’t know if it’s a character that’s represented or not enough… Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. Kind of the nerdy Boy Scout kid who still wants to be cool and part of the team.”
Caity Lotz: “There’s such a rise of the antihero on TV and if I had a kid I’d want my kid to watch and want to be Ray, rather than Heat Wave or Constantine. I’d be like, ‘Be like him!’ I think it’s good to have. We’re too into the antihero thing.”
Brandon Routh: “Also, the science aspect is something that I hear from a lot of fans – whether it be kids or parents – who like that, the fact that Ray is so geeked out about science and talking about science and having that positive role model for somebody who’s intelligent. And a scientist and physicist is a cool role model.”
How will Constantine challenge you?
Caity Lotz: “I think Constantine is sort of like the devil on Sara’s shoulder. She’s got this new hold on life of like, ‘We did good. We saved the world. I have a girlfriend. Maybe my life’s not so bad. Maybe I can let people in. Maybe I can love people.’ And then you have Constantine who’s like, ‘I know who you really are. You’re just like me.’ I see him putting in jeopardy the loose hold that she has on this new life. I think he’s going to make it harder.”
Brandon Routh: “As far as Ray’s concerned, I don’t see them having a contradiction or issues. I think Ray’s excited about understanding magic and learning about it and understanding how it works. He’s not going to push it away because it’s not science. I think he’s intrigued by the supernatural.”
How about the new character, Charlie, played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers?
Brandon Routh: “I think she’s going to be whoever she wants to be. She’s going to be a challenge for certain characters and be welcomed by others.”
Caity Lotz: “I would imagine for Sara it would be hard. It’s like, ‘You’re not my friend. You’re not Amaya. You look like Amaya. Where’s Amaya?’ Like, I liked Amaya and now you have this new person who’s coming in and it looks like your friend but it’s not your friend. I think it might take a little bit for her to (adjust).”
Brandon Routh: “Ray will probably be like, ‘Come on, guys. We can all get along.’”
Caity Lotz: “Eventually we will.”
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(Article by Rebecca Murray. Additional reporting by Kevin Finnerty.)