While DC Comics is still struggling to find its way on the big screen, their television universe continues to become more rich and interesting. CW Seed announced today that they will debut a new exclusive animated series called Freedom Fighters: The Ray that will feature the first gay superhero to headline a show. The series is being produced by two of the big guys in charge of The CW’s stable of DC Comics shows: Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.
The animated series is set to debut in 2017 on CW Seed, the streaming service from The CW, and is based on the re-imagined version of the classic DC Comics team The Freedom Fighters that Grant Morrison brought back to life in his recent Multiversity series. CW Seed also produced the well-received Vixen animated series spinoff of The Flash and Arrow. This series will focus on team member Raymond “Ray” Terrill and will most likely feature other Freedom Fighters in supporting roles.
Here’s how the CW Seed describes 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.
FIRST DC APPEARANCE: Justice League of America #107 (October 1973)
REAL NAME: Raymond “Ray” Terrill
SPECIAL POWERS/ABILITIES: Light manipulation, energy blasts, flight
CW Seed was even nice enough to send along this low-res image featuring our first look at The Ray.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, Freedom Fighters: The Ray is from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, and will premiere on CW Seed in 2017.