Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Phil Klemmer introduces Matt Ryan’s new character Gwyn Davies and teases his reason for creating time travel.
Meet Gwyn Davies. When DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Returning for his Season 7 premiere, John Constantine will no longer be on the squad, but actor Matt Ryan will return in a brand new role. According to co-showrunner Phil Klemmer, Gwyn will make Constantine look like an old story. He also provided additional details, including the source of Gwyn’s grief, the reason he created time travel, and his connection with the Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.
“Well, I think you’re going to be shocked at how quickly you forget about Constantine, because Matt Ryan brings so much different energy,” Klemmer told CBR. “We started talking with him about Gwyn – God, forever, like almost a year ago, because we knew Constantine was going to end his run. We knew we didn’t want to stop working with Matt. So we came up with this character that we wanted to put as much air as possible between the two, just for him and for the audience. “
“So Gwyn is kind of the father of time travel and in this season he’s the Legends’ best hope to find his way home and be able to escape 1925, where they are trapped. But Constantine is. a little boastful and devilish charm and Gwyn is really isolated, he’s traumatized, “he explained. “He’s a veteran World War I soldier who – again Constantine has all kinds of dark baggage, but Gwyn’s, to me, is so much more!” Constantine, you say to yourself ‘They were all sucked into hell because of you. You are an arrogant bastard. Gwyn is just a person who has had this terrible grief, terrible misfortune. “
“We always seem to come back to Tolkien on the show. Tolkien, to him, like the Shire was the pre-World War I world, and our Gwyn saw his bucolic home in Wales and left it with all his guys. and came home a man who is traumatized by the war and no surviving boy in the village and haunted by all things, “he continued. “It’s his impulse to time travel, it’s just wanting to bring the world to a more innocent place.”
“Of course we know the march of the modern world doesn’t work – the gears don’t turn backwards. He’s a man who has been – all of our legends! Again, these are people for whom the real world doesn’t… offer any kind of acceptance, ”he said.“ This entire season is about where he finds his place among the Legends. But look, he’s a guy that’s 100 years older, so it’s like, even if he makes peace with them, he’s never gonna feel like one of them. “
“So it’s really interesting to see Matt Ryan as the grandfather of our team because he sees them all as these modern day dilettantes,” he added with a laugh. “He doesn’t understand why Behrad smokes weed and does yoga. Again, there are things that he accepts in modern existence, but there is a part of him that is just a cranky one that says to himself: “Meh! It was better then! ‘”
Ryan has played Constantine on and off since NBC Constantine the series bowed in 2014. The short-lived series was canceled in the middle of its first season, leading fans to campaign for the continuation of the series. While the fan campaign ultimately failed, the fervor surrounding Ryan’s portrayal of the character led him to participate in other DCTV projects. In 2015, he made his Arrowverse debut in Arrow Season 4, which paved the way for his involvement on Legends of tomorrow.
Legends of tomorrow recruited Constantine in the season 3 episode “Beebo the God of War”. Ryan returned for three more episodes that season before becoming a series regular in Season 4. Beginning in Season 4, the character played a starring role in the series which saw him wrap up some of his plot threads hanging from his unfinished. Constantine series, including a chance to save Astra Logue. By the time Season 6 ended, Constantine had appeared in 50 episodes of Legends of tomorrow, not to mention his involvement in crossover episodes of the Arrowverse like “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.
Legends of tomorrow returns for Season 7 tonight, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on The CW.
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