Now that the trailer for DC’s upcoming super-team “Legends of Tomorrow” is out, comic book fans and Arrow-groupies alike, are all agog with excitement to meet the new lineup. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check out the mind boggling awesomeness here:
The team consists of diverse roster: The Atom, the Hawk-couple, White Canary, Firestorm as well as Flash rogues: Captain Cold and Heatwave. But in the midst of the superpower breakdown, you might have noticed “Doctor Who”’s Rory (Arthur Darvill) pontificating and speechifying. He says he is Rip Hunter, but who in the world is Rip Hunter?
In DC comic lore, Rip Hunter: “Man out of Time” is an ordinary human and an inventor, who invents the time bubble technology that enables him to travel to the past and the future. First featured in DC’s “Challengers of the Unknown” in 1957, Hunter would use his bubble to correct history in science fiction adventures. He got his own comic run in 1961, with “Rip Hunter: Time Master.”
What is important about Hunter is that he is DC’s crisis character. See, every couple of years or so, DC likes to come up with a universe shattering crisis that reboots their whole line from the start (it is a good way to keep comic book readers hooked): giving their characters a new origin and new memories. Hunter, owing to his time travelling proclivities, is a character that has gone through many of these crisis with his memory intact. In that he is one of the few DC characters who remembers his history from the start.
He is also often used as a plot device for superhero characters to conveniently travel to the dawn of the universe to battle this entity or that. And though he is never central to a fight, he can always be found on the sidelines.
Given that this incarnation of Rip Hunter is armed with a badass trenchcoat and some kind of glowy-laser-revolver, we can expect good things from him. Also a snide cockney accent is never amiss for comedic relief.
Stay tuned for more “Legends of Tomorrow.”
Photo Source: DC Wiki/Ripley Hunter