Echo Kellum was recently cast for the role of Mr. Terrific for this upcoming season of Arrow. And guess what, he is going to be a gay character. That’s an interesting turn. At San Diego Comic it was announced by executive producer Greg Berlanti that Mr. Terrific was going to be introduced this coming season on Arrow and that he would be gay. Now, in Entertainment Weekly, it was announced that Echo Kellum will be taking on the role of Curtis Holt aka Mr. Terrific.
Being that Mr. Terrific was a straight character in DC Comics and became a superhero because of the death of his wife child, it is more than likely, his superhero origin in the tv show is going to be altered. A lot. As Entertainment Weekly described, Holt is “a technological savant and inventor,” an employee at Palmer Technologies under Felicity Smoak’s (Emily Bett Rickards) supervision.
I support this and think that it is incredibly cool that we are not only getting a mainstream character on an established DC show that has a cohesive continuity, but also that we are getting a an actual gay character that is not playing it safe by saying that he is ‘bi’ or questioning. If you are not aware of this, the character of the Pied Piper, Hartley Rathaway, has been established in the Flash/Arrow TV Universe and is also an openly gay character.
Not to mention that Barry Allen’s boss is Police Captain David Singh, and is also an openly gay character. Granted though, he barely plays a supporting character in the show.
Unfortunately, if you listen closely, you can already hear future fanboys starting to complain and throw a tantrum about Mr. Terrific. I personally have avoided the topic on forums, because I know there are going to be some haters out there. What do you think? Is this a good move or is it a bad idea to make an established heterosexual character gay for the means of diversity?