Mick Rory: A Reason Legends Of Tomorrow Fans Should Be Thankful

As DC's Legends of Tomorrow moves through their third season, something fans should be thankful for is actor Dominic Purcell. When the actor was first cast as Mick Rory, AKA Heat Wave, it may have been gimmick casting. Re-teaming Purcell with his Prison Break brother Wentworth Miller who was already playing Leonard Snart, AKA Captain Cold, was a fun move. Rory was gruff, dangerous, and in the shadow of Snart when he appeared on Flash and the first season of Legends.

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The Flash — "Revenge of the Rogues" — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

With the second season, Miller's character was gone, and Rory became an unwilling teammate. He was no longer there just because his friend was. He started making his place on the team. With the third season Purcell has been breaking out. He's had some of the best lines and with the seventh episode, 'Welcome to the Jungle', we get a better look inside who he is and his connection to his father. The episode crossed into some serious territory with Rory showing us that he used to burn himself because of his father. It's another layer to this character that has been unfolding since he got to step into the spotlight.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow –"Legendary"– Image LGN116a_0097b.jpg — Pictured: Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rory is also unique among the team in that he has no powers like Nate, Jax/Martin, Zari or Amaya. He doesn't have a high-tech battle armor like Ray, and he's not a trained assassin like Sara. He's a crook with a flamethrower that now works with a team of heroes to go up against villains like Vandal Savage, Reverse-Flash, Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, Kuasa, Gorilla Grodd, and even his friend Captain Cold. He may just be the bravest and most pig-headed person on the Waverider — and we're thankful that he's there.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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