Dominic Purcell is through with his role on DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Starting with the show's first season in 2016, Purcell had portrayed Mick Rory, the arsonist also known as Heat Wave. That will no longer be the case moving forward, as ahead of the popular CW show's upcoming sixth season, Purcell took to Instagram to suddenly announce that he's leaving the series.
In the caption, Dominic Purcell writes:
"Deal isn't done. I have no interest. What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. Im walking away from [Legends of Tomorrow]. It's been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing [DC Comics'] iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character- not an actor in the world could have done better. FACT.... Such a funny c**t."
As Purcell explains, the issue doesn't appear to lie with money but with some kind of personal friction with the studio. The actor goes on to detail how the studio "does not care" about the actors, though he wishes all of the other actors well.
"Time to move on and see how sh*t unfolds. [Caity Lotz and Nick Zano], look after the kids coming through. They need education. They are a number- teach them to not rely on loyalty from the studio. The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority. ....Much love to all. It's not lost on me how very fortunate I am."
Legends of Tomorrow was developed for The CW by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer. An Arrow spinoff, the series is the fourth Arrowverse show following Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Ahead of the sixth season's premiere in May, the series was just renewed for a seventh season by the network in February, guaranteeing at least two more seasons on the way. It's unclear how many episodes of season 6 will feature Purcell as Heat Wave.
The series follows a group of superheroes and supervillains banding together to stop the immortal tyrant Vandal Savage's (Casper Crump) rise to power. Its ensemble cast has included Brandon Routh as The Atom, Victor Garber as Firestorm, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Amy Pemberton as Gideon, Nick Zano as Steel, and Matt Ryan as John Constantine.
Legends of Tomorrow was one of 12 series to get early renewals in February at The CW. This was part of the network's plan to get a strategic head start on the next television season, allowing the production teams to start laying out the story well in advance with the hope of crafting higher quality storytelling. Other shows to get renewed at the time include Batwoman, The Flash, Walker, Charmed, Dynasty, All American, Charmed, In the Dark, Legacies, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, and Roswell, New Mexico.
Season 6 of Legends of Tomorrow is scheduled to premiere on The CW on May 2, 2021. News of Heat Wave's exit from the series comes to us from Dominic Purcell on Instagram.