Legends of Tomorrow ended season 5 with a little bit of space, and the promise of more space, and now the first big casting announcement of season 6 fulfills some of that promise.
At the Legends of Tomorrow panel at DC FanDome day 2, Lisseth Chavez was announced as joining the crew of the Waverider in the upcoming season. Chavez will be playing Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, a tech whiz with a history of alien abduction who “believes she has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens.” That part is quoted because one gets the sense that this is an open question that will be part of the mystery of Legends of Tomorrow season 6.
Chavez most recently played Officer Vanessa Rojas on Chicago P.D., and had roles on Murder in the First, The Fosters, and The OA prior to that.
Spooner has no immediately obvious comics counterparts, and we don’t get much info on how she makes her way to the Waverider. The announcement says she survived a childhood alien encounter and now spends her life making tech to combat the extraterrestrial threat. So what we can tell now is that the show is moving away from goofy fantasy send ups to goofy sci-fi send ups.