My name is Jonas
When the show made a point of making Jonas, Rip Hunter’s son, say his name, you have to wonder if there’s a reason for that. This could be a Jonas Quantum reference or it could be Marc Guggenheim, one of the writers and executive producers of Legends of Tomorrow, giving a shout out to his own comic book where the main character is named Jonas.
Rip is a Time Master who made his first appearance in Showcase 1959 and he’s spent most of his life as a time-traveling Indiana Jones. Eventually, he joined the Linear Men, that group of men we saw during this episode of Legends of Tomorrow, and formed the Time Masters. Rip all but vanished until Geoff Johns, producer of the CW’s superhero shows, resurrected him during his acclaimed JSA run.
Coincidentally, the actor who portrays Rip Hunter, Arthur Darvill, also played a Doctor Who companion. We can’t have the Doctor to have all the time-traveling fun, can we?
Rip Hunter’s timeship the Waverider is named after a time-traveling superhero and former member of the Linear Men, Waverider.
Oddly, the Linear Men feel more like the Time Masters of Legends of Tomorrow more so than the actual comic book versions of the Time Masters and on that particular team, Rip Hunter was the stick-in-the-mud who wanted to maintain the status quo, while Waverider bent the rules of time travel to benefit humanity.
Dr. Aldus Boardman
Peter Francis James plays Dr. Aldus Boardman on Legends of Tomorrow. He made his first appearance during the Arrow/Flash crossover. Boardman is a Classics professor at St. Roch University who just happens to be the expert on Chayara (Hawkgirl) and Prince Khufu (Hawkman), but this isn’t James’s first comic book role. He appeared in 2010’s The Losers.
St. Roch is a city in the DC universe and one of the homes of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. It made its first appearance in Hawkman #1 in May 2002 but was first mentioned in The Flash Secret Files and Origins # 3 in November 2001. Both of these titles were written by Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow producer Geoff Johns.
The CW introduced Chronos, a bounty hunter working for the Time Masters, who has been tasked to stop Hunter and his team. In the comics, Chronos has a much more involved story that puts him at odds with the Time Masters, Rip Hunter, and The Atom.
Booster Gold’s Mission
Booster Gold has always been a glory hound so it was odd when he had to convince the world he was an incompetent buffoon so no one would find out he was a Time Master. Gold’s mission may have not been on the level and that’s the same way the Legends of Tomorrow started with their mission.
Gideon is an artificial intelligence from the future last seen with Eobard Thawne in The Flash.
Star City is Green Arrow’s home and Central City is Flash’s
H.I.V.E. is the big bad for Arrow’s fourth season.
Green Arrow makes an appearance
Those are all the secrets we have for Legends of Tomorrow. If you missed our review of the pilot, here’s a link. Thanks for reading.