Season three of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow looks like it will be including a hunt for a brand new half of the hero Firestorm. According to Deadline, Victor Garber who plays Doctor Martin Stein, one half of Firestorm alongside Franz Drameh’s Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, is reportedly set to be departing the series sometime in season three.
Reportedly there were rumblings of Garber’s potential exit as the second season wrapped up last spring, but those rumors grew over the summer and now seem all but certain after it was announced that Garber will be returning to Broadway alongside Bernadette Peters to take over the Hello, Dolly! revival from current stars David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler beginning in January.
Holding down an intense Broadway schedule and a primetime series filming, one in New York and the other in Vancouver, seems all but impossible. Garber is said to be keeping his series regular status but is unlikely to reappear in the series after the episodes he’s already filmed, and his departure is reported to have been carefully handled.
This is not the first time there has been a change with the Firestorm matrix/hero pairing. Stein first debuted during the first season of The Flash and was paired up with Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) before Ronnie seemingly died at the end of season one. Season two is when Stein had to find someone else, which turned out to be Jax, to merge with in the Firestorm matrix to avoid dying.
So this means we’re likely to have an episode this season with Jax having to find someone to replace Stein. The current season premiere setup family related reasons that likely are the carefully laid out plans that would explain Stein’s desire to step away from being a hero while finding a way for Jax to keep living the hero life.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays on The CW at 9 p.m. ET/PT.