'Legends of Tomorrow' Season 3 To Feature Gorilla Grodd as a Recurring Villain

Thursday, 03 August 2017 - 10:14AM
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 - 10:14AM
'Legends of Tomorrow' Season 3 To Feature Gorilla Grodd as a Recurring Villain
Image credit: Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros., The CW
Ten years ago, the idea of having a CGI gorilla as a recurring villain on a television show would have sounded ridiculous, but now Legends of Tomorrow will be gaining DC's angry telepathic ape as one of its lineup of comic book supervillains. What a time to be alive. According to producer Marc Guggenheim, Grodd will by one of many villains that will threaten the heroes in the upcoming season as the character makes his jump from The Flash into the ensemble superhero time travel series:

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"It's a post-Gorilla City Grodd. He'll be part of this group of villains. We're going to have a group of villains that's going to have a little bit more of a rotating membership than we had last year. We want to give you the sense of a group like we had last year because that was a lot of fun. There will be a little bit more rotation also so we can also give you a little bit more variety."
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Variety also helps to keep the show's special effects budget in check. Season Three of The Flash gave us a visit to Gorilla City, but plenty of the show's scenes are split up so that the humans don't actually have to interact with the more expensive CGI monkeys.



That being considered, it makes sense for Legends to use Gorilla Grodd, a comic book character who has always been a bit of a struggle to bring to life in live action, as a part of a larger roster of villains with a "rotating membership"—this way, the character can be inserted digitally into the background of scenes, or conveniently off-camera, just often enough to give the impression that he's present for a lot of what's going on, without The CW needing to splash out on animating him in a large number of scenes.

The new semi-regular inclusion of Grodd shows just how far Warner Bros are eager to push their interconnected TV universe. While in the past, the shows have had to play second fiddle to whatever DC is doing with their main series of movies (such as when the Suicide Squad got inexplicably killed off mid-storyline because the characters were needed for a Will Smith movie), the fact that DC is considering making Grodd a regular sight on Legends of Tomorrow suggests that the studio has learned its lesson, and is willing to let its TV shows serve as advertising for its bigger projects. Guggenheim gives a glimpse into how tough it is to coordinate:

"It was a conversation because any time we take a character from one of the other shows, we have to have a conversation like, 'Are you planning on using Grodd? When would you be using Grodd?'...We're all on the same floor and we all talk to each other. We have to. Otherwise, there are times we wanted one character to be on one show and it's like no, that character's in a coma that week...We try to make sure all the stories are talking to each other in that sense."

With Grodd turning up regularly in the TV universe, it might be worth assuming that the character may pop up in a DC film in the near future—perhaps as part of the Flashpoint movie we'll be getting whenever DC can actually convince someone to direct the film. In the meantime, there'll be plenty of monkey business going on in Legends of Tomorrow, and longtime DC fans are going to go absolutely bananas over it!

(Ed. The writer was reprimanded for these atrocious gorilla puns)
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