Have you seen the CW Seed animated series – Freedom Fighters: The Ray? It is only 6 episodes of 6-8 min shorts, but it is so good! I may be biased being that it stars a gay superhero voiced by gay actor (and super hot) Russell Tovey, but it is a great series nonetheless. Check out my thoughts on this prequel series to the Crisis on Earth X CW Arrowverse TV crossover in the video attached.


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Have you watched the Freedom Fighters: The Ray animated series on the CW Seed? It is only the first season of 6 shorts and each of the mini episodes are 6-8 mins long. Since I’m a huge Ray fan, I have been excited for this series to air ever since I heard it was being made. For clarity, I would have enjoyed it even if the main character of Raymond Terrill wasn’t being voiced by Russell Tovey.


It is a prequel series taking place before the Crisis on Earth X crossover series. I will do a video review on the series soon, but I just figured I would inform everyone in case anyone was not aware that it was out.


Check out the series for free over at the CW Seed at: www.CWSeed.com
There is also a message from the Trevor Project included that is presented by the Ray. I personally thought that in itself was great.


The heroes have been defeated and are trapped on the Nazi Earth X. Supergirl’s life hangs in the balance. Luckily some new heroes come in to help and the rest of the Legends of Tomorrow make it to the present. This is an an incredible crossover and the stuff of a comic book geek’s dream come true. Russell Tovey comes in as gay superhero, The Ray and he is a BADASS!!!

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I’m stoked about this. I know that these episodes don’t have anywhere near the budget as the DC movies. Still though, seeing most characters of the DC tv shows set in the Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow in a huge epic crossover is something I’m always in favor of seeing. I’m not the biggest fan of Legends of Tomorrow, but I am big enough of a fan to want to see their characters fighting along side the rest of the heroes. It’s the fanboy in me. I love team ups. Plus, we get to see my boy Russell Tovey as the Ray. Hell’s yeah! Anyone else watching tonight?

 

This four part crossover looks to be epic on many scales. One thing that I was personally looking forward to see was gay actor and SUPERMAN cutie, Russell Tovey play gay superhero, Raymond Terrell aka THE Ray. No full body shot yet, but we see him with his uniform and with and without his helmet. We also see him wearing Nazi concentration camp clothing with an upside down Pink Triangle. That is very powerful to see in a superhero tv show. Especially seeing a gay man, playing a gay character wearing it. In the Golden Age of Comic books, a lot of World War II was depicted with Nazis being beaten often, but concentration camps were generally not mentioned.
 

 

One thing to note about this crossover is that it will take place on an Earth that has been shown in animated format as being an Earth where Nazis won World War II. This could also be quite an emotional event for many people to watch as well. We will probably get to see some glimpses of the Nazi concentration camps as evidenced by Tovey’s character. So many forget that there were many minority groups that were sent to concentration camps in Europe, including many gay men. This is the origin of the Pink Triangle. It is scary to see Tovey wearing this but also very eye opening. Especially with what is being said by the survivors/escapees of the same type of camps currently in Chechnya.
 


The 4 Part Crossover event starts up on November 27 with Supergirl and then Arrow the directly afterwards. The next two parts conclude on Tuesday, November 28 with The Flash and directly followed by the Legends of Tomorrow. I will be watching with a lot of anticipation.

Here are a couple of the pics that have been released. There are many more, but these are some of the ones that particularly enjoyed.
 

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Russell Tovey is going to play gay superhero, the Ray! I’m trying not to geekgasm…or is it just regular orgasm in this case? Just reported by Comic Book Resources, the Ray will be played by Midshipman Alonso Frame, aka Jason from the movie the Pass, and also known as openly gay actor Russell Tovey. I am so excited over this!!! Did I mention that Tovey is one of my biggest, most undeniable crushes on the planet?


Russell Tovey will also voice the Ray in the animated series set to stream on the CW Seed. There is not a lot of info on the appearance in the Arrowverse yet, except that it will be a 4 part cross over with the Ray’s Earth, which is Earth X. It will also be taking place over two nights, starting with Monday, Nov. 27, with Supergirl and Arrow and then Tuesday, Nov. 28, with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.


Have I mentioned that Tovey never seems to care about showing his ass on camera. A lot. He can’t possibly make me like him any more. I am very happy. What do you think?


The first footage of CW’s gay superhero, the Ray has been released from San Diego Comic Con. The CW’s streaming service has released another animated series which starred Vixen in the past. This current series is titled Freedom Fighters: The Ray. In this we have our protagonist taking on evil versions of Arrow, Supergirl and the Flash in a parallel world where the Nazis won World War II.

Also appearing in this small clip is Black Condor, Phantom Lady, and Red Tornado of the Freedom Fighters. It should be known that the Ray is a gay superhero in the current DC Comic book continuity. The description of the character: 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.


The Ray is back in the DC Universe and will be joining the Justice League of America. This one-shot issue serves as a new origin and a coming out story for the Ray, also known as Raymond Terrill. Grant Morrison re-envisioned the character as being a gay man in the Multiversity story and this translated over into the main DC Universe. Raymond has been absent mostly from the DC Universe in the past couple of years. This issue has writer Steve Orlando re-telling a great coming of age superhero story that keeps many of his basic roots from the former DC Universe while also re-imagining other aspects. Artist Stephen Byrne illustrates each panel great with an almost cartoon vibe coming from it. Great issue and spectacular way to usher in a character that will be deservedly part of a heroic superhero team in the DC Universe.

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The Ray 2

The Ray will be getting his own animated show on the CW Seed online network. Greg Berlanti’s Productions and Blue Ribbon, which is the team behind the Vixen animated series is making this. That’s great news! I loved their Vixen series. But do you know who the Ray is? There have been several interpretations of this character, but this Ray is based on Ray Terril (see what they did with his name to fit with his superhero persona). In another twist, this Ray will be gay like his counterpart that was reinterpreted by Grant Morrison in the comic event Multiversity. That is interesting and I am sure hetero fanboys will lose it, but still this makes me happy. He has light based powers and is capable of some amazing feats.

Young-Justice

The Ray has been a part of several superhero teams in his time, including Young Justice, Justice League and more so with the team called the Freedom Fighters. The title of the series is called Freedom Fighter: The Ray, so it may come to mind that more of this team may be introduced and/or get their own series as well. The series is set to air in 2017 and I am excited for this!

The RAY Animated