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The CW picks up its next DC superhero series with Legends of Tomorrow

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The CW's expanding universe of DC characters is only getting bigger. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the network has picked up Legends of Tomorrow, a spinoff of successful series Arrow and The Flash. The show, starring Superman Returns lead Brandon Routh as the Atom, is a superhero team-up series that pulls its cast from both DC efforts. Routh will team up with a motley crew of heroes and villains, including Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave and Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, to stop a seemingly unstoppable threat. (So think of this as The Avengers, but for TV audiences.)

Legends of Tomorrow is the second DC series to get picked up this week, with Supergirl set to debut on CBS later this year. That makes five shows coming from the comics company, with ArrowThe Flash, and Fox's Gotham all returning next season. NBC's Constantine has yet to be renewed and is in danger of being cancelled, but Fox is currently developing a pilot based on the Vertigo series Lucifer.