The CW revealed late last week that its streaming site, CW Seed, will be airing Freedom Fighters: The Ray, a new animated show centered on The Ray, a gay DC Comics superhero. When the series debuts, The Ray will be the first gay superhero to lead a show.
The CW released a statement giving some background on The Ray:
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 Ray first appeared in an issue of Justice League of America in 1973. The upcoming animated series’ Ray will be depicted similarly to the way he is in DC’s Multiversity series.
Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told the Television Critics Association that The Ray will eventually join the network’s live-action universe:
"Without question, that is the way we’re intending to build these things out. That is the intention to build out these animated shows into the Arrowverse and introduce them on any one of the four shows."
The CW has done this previously with Megalyn E.K.’s character Vixen, who began in animated form with the voice actress transitioning to Arrow. Currently, no voice actors have been cast for The Ray, which will be executive-produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
Freedom Fighters: The Ray will debut on CW Seed in 2017 and joining the ranks of some of the CW's other awesome supes like the ones in the video below:
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