Today, CW announced that their digital network, CW Seed, would adapt the story of the classic DC Comics character The Ray in a new animated series called Freedom Fighters: The Ray. The cartoon, executive produced by Arrowverse masterminds Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, will feature the first gay superhero lead.
In addition to his cartoon, The Ray is set to appear in the live action Arrowverse. He will be played by the same actor who voices his character in Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
While there have been multiple incarnations of The Ray in the past, this one is based off of Raymond Terrill’s most recent appearance in Grant Morrison’s Multiversity: The Mastermen #1. After being exposed to a light bomb that granted Raymond with light-based superpowers, he began to fight injustice as part of a team called the Freedom Fighters led by the superhero Uncle Sam.
It remains to be seen how much of Morrison’s take on the world will be reflected by the cartoon. For those unfamiliar with Multiversity, in The Mastermen Morrison took readers to an alternate Earth where the Nazis won World War II and had exerted their influence over the world in the decades since.
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