The CW’s small screen DC universe is getting even bigger, and the latest addition represents the first gay superhero to take the lead in his own Arrow-verse show.
The CW has announced the new, animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray will stream on the network’s CW Seed service. The series will be produced by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, the same folks behind Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Once the series launches in 2017, it will represent the first solo superhero series to feature a gay lead.
The network has previously used Seed as a launch pad for projects like the superhero series Vixen, which eventually led to a live-action role on Arrow (with a different version of the character headed to Legends of Tomorrow this fall). The Ray will apparently follow the same trajectory, with eventual live-action crossovers into the Arrow-verse down the line. This version of The Ray (aka Raymond Terrill) will be inspired by Grant Morrison’s spin on the character in his recent Multiversity series for DC Comics.
Here’s the logline via Deadline:
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.
We still don’t know who will be cast in the title role, though the network is keen to have the voice actor also portray the character in live action (much as they did with Vixen).
Do you plan on checking out Freedom Fighters: The Ray when it starts streaming?