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'Legends of Tomorrow': Who's in the Justice Society of America?

For longtime DC Comics fans, the superhero shows on The CW are a consistent treat when it comes to references to the company’s long and storied print history. Yet no moment stood out as a way to get fanboy and fangirl hearts racing quite like the season finale of Legends of Tomorrow, when a mysterious figure crashed a timeship and revealed himself as Rex Tyler, a member of the Justice Society of America.

Newer DC enthusiasts might wonder if that group is a play off the Justice League of America, but in fact, the JSA came first. It was the original super team, formed in the pages of All-Star Comics #3 all the way back in the early 40s. The founding members included familiar names like Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, and Hawkman — though perhaps not versions of those heroes that first come to mind — along with the mystical heroes Doctor Fate and Spectre, plus Golden Age mystery men Hourman and Sandman.

Though the original run for the Justice Society of America extended only into the 1950s, DC found a way to continually revisit and revitalize the concept by making the team the home of its legacy heroes. Comic book pseudo-science was used to explain the continuing participation of Alan Scott and Jay Garrick (a name that should ring bells for fans of The Flash) while they tutored younger heroes attempting to live up to their predecessors.

On Legends of Tomorrow, the time-traveling conceit should mean that the legacy theme is explored as well, even if we haven’t yet met some of the heroes who have inspired the newcomers. Here’s a quick look at the team members we know we’ll see, beginning with season 2, episode 2, which just so happens to be titled “The Justice Society of America”:

Hourman (Rex Tyler)

Played by Patrick J. Adams, we saw Tyler arrive with a warning not to get on the Waverider at the very end of season 1. In the comics, Rex invented the chemical Miraclo, originally presented as a “miraculous vitamin” but later treated more like a drug, complete with side effects. Miraclo gives whoever takes it an hour of super strength, speed, and resistance to harm. Rex’s son, Rick, also had the ability to see an hour into the future, and it’s possible the TV version of Tyler will incorporate that power as well.

Doctor Mid-Nite

The original Doctor Mid-Nite was a skilled surgeon who was blinded by members of the mob but gained the superhuman ability to see perfectly in the dark. He also had an owl as a crime-fighting partner and befuddled criminals with blackout bombs, ensuring he could see but they couldn’t. Several subsequent iterations of Doctor Mid-Nite followed, and it’s not known for certain which one will be used on TV.

Obsidian

Here’s a definite legacy hero, as he’s the son of Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott (and a reformed villain named the Thorn). Todd Rice used his powers to merge with shadows as a founder of Infinity, Inc., a team made up of the kids and grandkids of the JSA. Writers used Obsidian’s shadow powers in metaphorical ways on numerous occasions, and he ended up losing himself to the darkness more than once. It will be interesting to see if Legends of Tomorrow plays up his Green Lantern connection, seeing as the Arrowverse has danced around the existence of Green Lanterns to date. Veteran genre actor Lance Henriksen will portray Obsidian.

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Stargirl

Created by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Courtney Whitmore is actually a dual legacy hero. The cosmic staff she uses originally belonged to a crimefighter names Starman, while her name and costume also pay homage to the Star-Spangled Kid. On Legends of Tomorrow, she’ll be played by Sarah Grey.

Citizen Steel (Nate Heywood)

The Legends of Tomorrow showrunners have interesting plans for Heywood (played by Nick Zano), as they told TVLine that he will assist the team before becoming a superhero, making him the first character to get his powers during the series. Expect him to have super strength and be able to turn his body to metal as in the comics. Also keep an eye out for his grandfather Henry Heywood, who was known as Commander Steel during World War II.

In keeping with the legacy theme, the show will also feature a Vixen who used the mantle prior to Mari McCabe, who we’ve seen on Arrow. The new/old Vixen will be played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers and will apparently be a contemporary of the wartime members of the Justice Society, though it’s unclear whether she herself will be a member of that team (which she wasn’t in the comics).

No matter how the team comes together and interacts with the Legends, it will be great to see the first superhero team ever in action — especially for fans old enough to remember their exploits in print.

Nick Tylwalk is Senior Entertainment Director for FanSided and Entertainment Editor on FanSided.com.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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