The CW Seed had a lot of success with its Vixen series, and it has been announced the animated heroes will continue with the introduction of The Ray in 2017.
During the TCA CW panel on Thursday, the network’s president, Mark Pedowitz announced the animated Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will feature Raymond Terrill as the first gay superhero to lead a show. The series will premiere in 2017, and will spin-off from his live action appearance in the Arrowverse.
While an actor has yet to be announced, the plan is to have the actor who plays the live action Ray to also voice the animated version of the character. This follows what the network and Berlanti Productions has done with Vixen.
Raymond Terrill is the second character with the superhero name The Ray. Terrill first appeared in The Ray #1 in February 1992, and was created by Jack. C Harris and Joe Quesada. Yes, that Joe Quesada.
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.
This version of The Ray is based on the Grant Morrison take on the character from his Multiversity series.