An inside look at the Waverider on ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

All photos courtesy of Bettina Strauss/Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
The heroes and villains got their first look at the Waverider in the premiere episode of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and were blown away by just how cool Rip Hunter’s futuristic time ship is.

“I have never seen anything like this before,” says Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl. 

“Neither have I,” adds Carter Hall/Hawkman. “And considering I have 4,000 years worth of memories that’s saying something.”

A recent visit by to the suburban Vancouver set revealed the Waverider is just as impressive in the real as it is on TV.

Production designer Ian Thomas explained it took seven weeks to build the set, with around 60 carpenters and painters working round the clock.

The set is constructed of plywood, but thanks to metallic paint, it takes on a metallic quality as soon as the light hits it.

The massive 130-foot long set features vast corridors surrounding the ship’s main headquarters, which has allowed the show to film some epic fight sequences. 

“Two weeks ago they did a huge fight sequence in that main corridor, people on cables flying and (they were) throwing (people) through the walls and through the openings,” says Thomas.

When it’s time to time travel, Rip takes his place in the captain’s chair, which moves on a track and allows him to zoom towards the windshield by pulling the lever forward. 

The chairs the heroes and villains strap themselves into are Nascar-style seats with roller-coaster ride inspired seatbelts that allow them to quickly strap themselves in and out. 

Behind the main hub is Rip Hunter’s lair, a room rich with history that has a Jules Verne-quality to it.

“Oh God what a lovely place to come to work every day. I still pinch myself. It’s great. It’s very cool. A gentleman’s study,” says Arthur Darvill, who plays Rip Hunter.  “And I love the idea that he’s collected things from different periods in history and things that help him out and clues. It’s kind of how I want my house to be.” 

Victor Garber, who plays Dr. Martin Stein, also only has praise for the intricacies of the Waverider. 

“It’s a very cool environment … set design and art direction is one of the most important requirements in theatre, which is where I come from, and in films and television, and people don’t always get that. Audiences just say, ‘Oh that looked great’ but they don’t know how much that takes in terms of money, ingenuity and talent. We are very fortunate that we have great people at the helm of this.”

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