Great news for fans of Blake Neely and his work: The Emmy-nominated composer provides the score for the brand-new series Legends of Tomorrow, which is scheduled to air tonight, January 20th 2016 at 8/7 c, on the CW. The show is a spin-off of both The Flash and Archer, two recent series based on DC Comics which Neely scored as well. Both of them kicked off new seasons this week, premiering on Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively. Including Supergirl, Blake Neely now scores the music for four out of six ongoing DC Comics TV series, the other two being Gotham and iZombie.
The new series Legends of Tomorrow will focus on Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), a man from the future who travels back to the present day to gather a group of superheros. With their help, he hopes to bring down the immortal super-villain Vandal Savage (Caspar Crump) who spreads destruction throughout the future of human history. Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and The Flash (Grant Gustin) will appear on the series, but not be part of the group, which is made up of several other heroes equipped with a wide range of unique superpowers.
Given the new characters and different setting, the viewers should expect a show and soundtrack in their own right. With the action taking place in the future, Neely could opt for more electronic elements mixed into the orchestral score, which he has successfully done before. Because Legends of Tomorrow is going to feature lots of new characters and places, Neely’s score can be expected to be something entirely new rather than “just” a marriage of Arrow‘s and The Flash‘s musical styles.
Greg Berlanti, both producer and writer for Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, puts his trust in Neely’s skillset once again. This comes as no surprise, given their successful cooperation in the past. Not only does Neely provide the score for NBC’s successful current series Blindspot, for which Berlanti acts as producer as well, but it was Berlanti who provided Neely with the invaluable opportunity of scoring his TV series Everwood back in 2002. On his website, Neely calls this job his “big break” in regards to his composition career. Everwood was a successful Warner Bros. series that ran for four seasons and ultimately opened up the world of composing for TV and films to Neely.
It remains to be seen, or rather heard, what Neely makes of the new and at the same time familiar setting of Legends of Tomorrow. If you are curious about it, make sure to have a look at the first episode tonight on the CW.