Animated DC Series ‘Freedom Fighters: The Ray’ to Launch on CW Seed With Gay Lead Character

TCA 2016: Greg Berlanti will executive produce superhero series based on comic book character

Last Updated: August 11, 2016 @ 11:36 AM

An animated series based on DC Comics franchise “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” will launch on the digital network CW Seed, the network announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

In DC’s “Multiversity” series, writer Grant Morrison updated the Freedom Fighters to better reflect American demographics. Inspired by Morrison’s new take on the character, the series will introduce the first gay superhero to lead a show.

Berlanti Productions is producing in association with Blue Ribbon Content, with executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.

The character was first introduced in “Justice League of America” in 1973. 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 that 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.

“Freedom Fighters: The Ray” will launch on CW Seed in 2017.

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