Last week’s “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover introduced fans to gay superhero The Ray, played by Russell Tovey. The character made his debut in live-action form over the course of the two-night event and will appear in animated form on The CW Seed series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which is set on Earth-X, a world where the Nazis won World War II.
If you’ve seen the trailer released during SDCC, you’ll have noticed that Overgirl and Dark Archer, who both met their demise in the Arrowverse crossover, are still alive at the time Freedom Fighters takes place, and that’s because the animated series is a prequel. However, since Freedom Fighters was conceived before the crossover was, producer Marc Guggenheim warns there will be some inconsistencies. Speaking to CBR, he said:
“Technically, it’s set before the crossover,” Guggenheim said of Freedom Fighters. “That said, there are some continuity mix-ups. There are some continuity inconsistencies that I hope to be able to address maybe with a comic book down the road, assuming I have the time, a good enough idea, and DC’s blessing.” Also, the fact that Tovey was cast after the animated series was first conceived entailed having to make some slight alterations to the character.
Guggenheim opened up about two of those glaring inconsistencies, which includes the existence of Citizen Cold in the crossover but not on the CW Seed show. “Unfortunately, like I said, we sort of conceived this before Leo was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. So unfortunately, we don’t have Snart in the Freedom Fighters. It would be great! It’s just one of those things where it’s animation, so the lead time is pretty significant and we don’t have every idea all at the same time. I guess we’ll have to hope for a Season 2 of The Ray before we get a chance to see the animated version of Leo.” The live-action “Crisis on Earth-X” also had a version of Supergirl’s Winn Schott as a general of the Freedom Fighters. Wonder if he’ll even appear on the CW Seed series.
One the other hand, the animated show has superheroes Black Condor, Phantom Lady, and Doll Man (none of which were seen in the crossover), as well as a Dark Barry Allen, called Blitzkrieg, who was nowhere to be found on “Crisis on Earth-X,” replaced by the Reverse-Flash in the epic Arrowverse event.
Freedom Fighters: The Ray drops today on CW Seed.