‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 3: Caity Lotz Interview on Sara as the Team’s Leader

Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz
‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ star Caity Lotz at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con (Photo by Richard Chavez © Showbiz Junkies)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return for a third season on October 10, 2017 with an episode that finds dinosaurs walking around Los Angeles in 2017. The team broke time in season two and in season three, Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) is going to have to get the Legends back together to fix the world.

The Season 3 Legends of Tomorrow Plot, Courtesy of The CW: “After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new existential threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question.

With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband – until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time = travelling heroics, Sara (Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. She reunites with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian–turned-superhero Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), former member of the JSA Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority and, in true Legends style, eventually run afoul of the Bureau when they recruit a hacker from the future, Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe). Against the wishes of the bureau, they welcome Zari to the team and continue their time traveling shenanigans, while insisting that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.”

During our brief roundtable interview at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con in support of the upcoming season, Lotz discussed becoming the leader of the Legends and Sara’s growth over the seasons.

Caity Lotz Legends of Tomorrow Interview:

How do you feel about Sara as the leader of the team?

Caity Lotz: “It’s funny that it’s such a big deal to everybody. Like, ‘Oh, they put the woman in charge! Stop the presses!’ I think that she as a character was the most qualified, not as me as an actress but the way that they set up the character it really made sense. Yeah, it’s cute that it’s such a big deal, but it is I guess. It’s shocking to people. You don’t see it a lot. It’s shocking, it’s different. So, I guess more power to them for pushing the envelope.”

How is Sara different as a team leader than Rip?

Caity Lotz: “She knows a lot of things Rip Hunter doesn’t know. Rip Hunter knows about time travel and the Waverider. She knows about people, about military operations, about her team – how to speak to them, how to direct them, how to be a leader. So, they both have different qualities. Yeah, she doesn’t know about all the different rules of time travel or how the Waverider operates, but she’s got her own qualities.”

We’ve really seen Sara grow over the seasons. How has it been to go on this journey with this character and now see her taking charge of the team?

Caity Lotz: “It’s interesting. They surprise me all the time. We never know what’s going to happen with the writers. I get scripts and I’m like, ‘Oh, okay, then this is what’s happening.’ It’s a cool journey. […] It’s a lot of fun and I really like and respect the direction they’ve taken her. I think they’ve made her a very positive female character.”

Is there any time period you’d still like to visit?

Caity Lotz: “I don’t know. It changes all the time. I’m reading a book on stoicism so I feel like I’d like to go to Athens or ancient Rome to hear Socrates speak.”

Do you believe the success of Wonder Woman will help increase the presence and power of female superheroes in films and on TV?

Caity Lotz: “It’s interesting that we’re post-Wonder Woman like it’s the change of an era and my god I hope so. We’ll see how it goes. It’s weird; I notice a lot more sexism and just gender bias in general as I get older and this movie is great and it was successful, and I think a lot of the studios and everyone…it goes to the consumer’s will. It’s not necessarily anybody’s fault, but a movie like that does feel like it’s changing things, the believability of women and what we can achieve. I hope it continues to go that way.”

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