DC’s Legends of Tomorrow EP Phil Klemmer discusses the show’s efforts to add Booster Gold to its cast and how it finally happened in Season 7.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Season 7 finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrowwhich aired Wednesday, March 2 on The CW.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Executive producer Phil Klemmer has discussed finally bringing Booster Gold the Arrowverse series.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Klemmer explained how the Legends of Tomorrow writing team’s efforts to bring the hero into the fold finally paid off in Season 7. “His name has come up I feel like every single season, as far as back as I can remember,” he said. “And it seems maybe the one time that we didn’t expect him, was the one time he landed in our laps.”
Klemmer continued. “I’m forever grateful for DC and for [DC’s creative director for TV] Kim Roberto, who is covering our show. We were not expecting it. I don’t know how those things work. I don’t know what goes on. DC is a fancy, shiny building; I feel guilty even stepping into the fancy lobby. So I don’t know what happens in there. I just know that someone in there, we owe a giant fruit basket.”
In the Season 7 finale, “Knocked Down, Knocked Up,” the Legends travel back to World War I-era France to save their friend Gwyn Davies and his lover Alun Thomas. Since Alun’s death is a fixed point, they have to negotiate with the Fixer of this era, a chilled-out golfer named Mike (Donald Faison). The Legends explain the paradoxical nature of saving Alun, which makes Mike realize his job is basically pointless and he was assigned to protect 1916 almost as a joke. He then hijacks the Waverider to confront his superiors, only to return in the episodes denouement — as a prisoner, with the Legends getting arrested alongside him for their crimes throughout the timestream. Mike also reveals his nickname of “Booster Gold” to his arresting officer and the incredulous Legends.
Debuting in 1986, Booster Gold is the superhero alias of Michael Jon Carter, a janitor at a superhero museum in the 24th Century. Wanting fame and fortune for himself, Michael steals a time machine and a collection of futuristic gadgets from his workplace to jump back to the present and become the hero Booster Gold. Booster’s stories were often comedic in nature, focusing on his vain attempts at glory-seeking, but always made it clear that when it mattered most, Booster was capable of as much valor and self-sacrifice as anyone else in the Justice League.
Faison was announced to be a guest starring in the Legends Season 7 finale this past February. While it initially wasn’t specified who he was playing, the wording of his character description made it clear to fans that Booster Gold was coming to the show. “I have been a fan of Legends of Tomorrow Since the first season, and have always wanted to be a part of the DC Comics universe,” Faison said at the time. “I’m excited to join such a talented cast.”
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