Freedom Fighters: The Ray lights up CW Seed in 2017

The Ray makes first gay superhero to headline show

Following the success of Vixen, CW Seed is adding another DC hero to the ranks with Freedom Fighters: The Ray.

The Ray has been a longtime character in the DC Universe dating back to the 1940s. The Ray was a founding member of the Freedom Fighters as well as a member of The All-Star Squadron.

This version is based on Grant Morrison’s take on the character from his Multiversity series. CW’s The Ray will make history as the first gay superhero lead to headline a show.

Like Vixen, The Ray will be part of the established Arrow-verse continuity. The series will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). That said don’t be too shocked if The Ray or possibly even the other Freedom Fighters make an appearance on the Arrow-verse shows.

Freedom Fighters The Ray CWHere’s the CW synopsis:

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.

You don’t have to look too close in the promotional art to see Freedom Fighters members Phantom Lady and Black Condor. Freedom Fighters definitely was a DC property I never thought I’d see becoming a focal point on any network or animated effort.

The show is slated to debut in 2017.

What do you think of this news? Excited to see DC expanding its scope of heroes?

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