While fans are still wondering when they might see a prominent LGBTQ comic book superhero on the big screen, The CW continues to represent with its DC TV universe. Openly gay actor Russell Tovey, from ABC’s Quantico and HBO’s Looking, has been cast as The Ray, the openly gay superhero coming to the four-show Arrow-verse crossover, as well as a solo animated series on The CW Seed.
Raymond “Ray” Terrill is described as “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 network first announced the character at the beginning of August to lead the animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, executive produced by Arrow co-creator Greg Berlanti. Another prominent member of the LGBTQ community, Berlanti welcomed his son into the world last year with his partner, professional soccer player Robbie Rogers.
The Ray joins other LGBTQ characters on the series, like Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) on Legends, Central City PD Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) on The Flash, and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) on Supergirl.
The upcoming crossover event will begin on Monday, Nov. 27 and conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Arrow will air on Monday at 9 p.m. ET following Supergirl, and the other two will stick to their regular time slots. The new poster, created by Wonder Woman artist Phil Jimenez, hints at a play on the Crisis on Infinite Earths story with Supergirl, Green Arrow, and Flash squaring off against evil versions of themselves.