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Our first look at the Arrow spinoff, with a Doctor Who star as DC's baddest time traveler

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Things have been moving right along for DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the second spinoff (if you count The Flash) created to follow the success of the CW's Arrow.

For one thing, the series has a name now. When we last checked in, it was to bring you the ironic news that a major player in the history of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill, had been cast in a somewhat reversed role, compared to his tenure on the BBC show. Since then, in addition to getting an official name, Legends of Tomorrow has acquired a few more actors and reveals, filmed a pilot, and gotten the order to go straight to series for premiere in 2016. Shooting is set to begin in August, but today we've got our first look at the show's cast, and a synopsis:

When heroes alone are not enough ... the world needs legends. 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 an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?

It's a big cast in that photo, so here's the line up from left to right: Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Ciarra Renee as Hawkgirl, Victor Garber as Firestorm, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Brandon Routh as the Atom, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heatwave.

Absent from the photo is young actor Franz Drameh, whose character has not been confirmed, but is described as "a former high school athlete, whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew." That's a backstory that points most clearly at Cyborg, a character that Warner Bros. has already cast for a 2020 movie. But taken a little more loosely, it might very well also fit the character of John Henry Irons, known as Steel when he's doing superhero work.

A week ago, Ciarra Renee confirmed that the characters in the new series who have not yet appeared in Flash or Arrow will have their debut in the season finale of The Flash next week.

Update: In fact, now there's a trailer, complete with punching, flying, lasers and Vandal Savage.

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