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PopWrapped | LGBT

'The Ray' Will Be The First Superhero Show With A Gay Lead

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Updated 08/17/2016 2:17pm
'The Ray' Will Be The First Superhero Show With A Gay Lead | The Ray
Media Courtesy of ScienceFiction

The CW has announced that production will begin on Freedom Fighters: The Ray, an animated superhero series that will premier on CW seed, the network's digital channel. 

The series will be notable for featuring the first gay superhero in a lead role in modern televisions and movies.

CW President Mark Pedowitz who was at the Television Critics Association summer press tour told the reporters that it is likely that The Ray may eventually make a live action appearance in the CW's Flarrowverse.

“Without question,” he said when asked if the scenario is likely. “That is the way we are intending to build these things out.”

The CW released a statement giving details on what we can expect from the character:

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.

The character made his solo comic debut in the first issue of The Ray in February of 1992. He is gifted with a myriad of light based-powers including, using the energy to fly, creating destructive burst with the radiation, he can also bend light to create illusions as well as render objects and people invisible. He can also turn into energy form which makes him indestructible.

He is also known to be one of the most gifted computer programmers in the DC Universe which means Felicity may have a rival with her skills.

Freedom Fighters: The Ray will premier on 2017.

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