The CW has just confirmed that the CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, will debut a new animated series in 2017 called “Freedom Fighters: The Ray.” The series will be based on the characters from DC and produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content.
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 FREEDOM FIGHTERS: THE RAY will introduce the first gay Super Hero to lead a show.
If you are new to 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.
Ray made his first appearance in the Justice League of America #107 back in October 1973. Ray stops crime using his ability to manipulate Light, use energy blasts, and he can flu.
Based on the characters from DC, FREEDOM FIGHTERS: THE RAY is from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”).
The CW did announce a premiere date at this time, but you can expect a few teaser-trailers and a few casting announcements to made over the next few weeks. The CW itself picked up Supergirl earlier this year from CBS, the second season will introduce Supergirl’s famous cousin, Superman, to the cast.