Superhero TV show gets new addition: Einstein
Watch a sneak peek of the CW's 'Legends of Tomorrow' as the famed scientist is welcomed into the DC universe.
On the popular TV show "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," superheroes travel through time to save the future from evil villains. And now a new member will be joining their crew: Albert Einstein. Yes, that Albert Einstein.
The world's most famous scientist will be appearing in at least one episode in the show's second season. The episode, which was filmed this summer, will air Thursday night, Oct. 13. Einstein is portrayed by actor John Rubinstein, who has also made appearances on "Grey's Anatomy," "CSI," and "The Mentalist." He joins a long line of actors – including Walter Matthau – who have played Einstein onscreen.
You can watch a sneak peek of Einstein's arrival in the video below:
Keep in mind this is a fictitious version of the beloved genius. In the scene above, one of the characters says, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity." That sentence is is one of many quotes that are misattributed to Einstein over the years.
"Legends of Tomorrow" appears on the CW network along with other superhero shows "Arrow," "The Flash" and "Supergirl," all from the creative mind of American TV producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.
"The Legends are acting like time cops," Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly. "They’re going around history, fixing aberrations, dealing with time pirates, all sorts of fun things."
Einstein’s pop culture cameos not only play off his historical status, but also his iconic appearance. “Einstein's face is the most recognizable face worldwide,” says Hanoch Gutfreund, the director of the Albert Einstein archives at Hebrew University in Israel, a school the physicist helped establish.
It seems that everyone from cake decorators to painters draw inspiration from Einstein's iconic image. So it's no surprise that Hollywood producers have jumped on the same bandwagon. The makeup supervisor for the original "Star Wars" modeled Yoda’s eyes after Einstein’s, giving the Jedi master a wise look. Not to mention, an actor portraying Einstein appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as part of a poker roundtable with Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking as seen in the video below.
This is not the first time the DC Comics universe has merged with that of the famed physicist. Einstein has appeared in several DC comic books throughout the 20th century, including ones where he was rescued by Wonder Woman and another with Superman, where Lex Luthor wants to break out of jail to celebrate Einstein's birthday. Fans of both DC Comics and the beloved scientist are hoping this TV cameo portends more collaborations in the future.
John R. Platt, a journalist who also blogs about old comic books, added that the decade which the show's producers said the Einstein episode will take place is of particular note. "Einstein in 1942 is kind of the exact opposite of an old DC Comics villain from the 1940s – Doctor Sivana, a tiny, bald, angry old mad scientist who constantly butted heads with Captain Marvel," he told From The Grapevine. "It sure would be interesting to see him and Einstein interact if 'Legends of Tomorrow' were heading in that direction."
Only time will tell. In the meantime, we're adding one more clip to tide you over from that time a "Holodeck Einstein" appeared on "Star Trek":
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