Canadian born actor Steven Amell who plays the lead character Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) on the TV superhero series Arrow has come under fire from that ever increasing, humorless, thin skinned, stick up their asses section of the LGBT community we call Social Justice Warriors all because of a tee shirt he wore to Toronto Pride.
His shirt stated “I’m not gay but $20 is $20”, a comedic reference to being gay for pay, or straight guys being willing to engage in same-sex acts for money. (although many do for free.) But this has some in our community reaching for their smelling and going the faux outrage route.
Said Mickey Keating in Instinct: The shirt choice is just, stupid. That shirt is basically saying you’ll be gay for (low) pay. I can’t believe these shirts are still in circulation
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Stephen Amell (perpetually the most accidentally problematic person in the world) wore a shirt to Pride that said ‘I’m not gay, but 20$ is 20$’ ??? https://t.co/ZobInpOZxm
CW Seed has announced today that it will debut a new animated series with Freedom Fighters: The Ray, based on the DC Comics character. Inspired by the Grant Morrison version found in the pages of The Multiversity, The Ray will be the first gay superhero to lead a show when he debuts in 2017.
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).
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 first Ray was Lanford “Happy” Terrill, a Quality Comics character. Quality Comics operated from 1937 to 1956. when DC purchased themHappy Terrill was retconned as a member of the Freedom Fighters on Earth-X.Following DC altering much of its continuity and history in the storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths, Happy Terrill was now an inhabitant of the mainstream DC Comics universe and his son Ray Terrill became the second Ray. Later, the character Stan Silver briefly operated as the third hero called “the Ray.” In the “New 52” relaunch of DC Comics, where continuity and history is again being restructured, a new character called Lucien Gates is introduced as the Ray. Although historically he is the fourth superhero character to use this name, in The Ray #1 (2012), set in a rebooted continuity, he refers to the origin of Happy Terrill as a story he had heard as a child.
EW is reporting that Broadway actor Andy Mientus, currently playing Marius in Les Miserables, has been cast as Hartley Rathaway, aka the Pied Piper in CW’s new DC comics-inspired series The Flash.
Mientus will appear in episodes #111 and #112 as the bona fide genius who seeks revenge on his former mentor, Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), by destroying his new protege The Flash after the same particle accelerator explosion that created Barry Allen’s superpowers causes Rathaway to lose his hearing. Pied Piper is one of the only openly gay villains in the DC Comics universe and will be portrayed that way on TV.
The Flash premiered on Tuesday and quickly became one of fall TV’s breakout hits with 4.5 million viewers. Grant Gustin stars as costumed crime-fighter Barry Allen on The CW series. In addition to Mientus, Victor Garber and Prison Break co-stars Wentworth Miller who is openly gay and Dominic Purcell will also guest star this season.
According to TVLine, on the new CW television series The Flash, the openly gay villian/superhero The Pied Piper, who will appear “at mid season,”
In addition to the likes of Captains Cold and Boomerang, at midseason we will also meet Hartley, a onetime mentee of Dr. Wells’ who lost his hearing in an accident and now is out to wreak havoc with an invention of his own. (Of course, you may know Hartley — who happens to be gay — as the Pied Piper.)
It’s long been assumed that Piper would appear in the show — partly because of the “prominent gay character” rumors and partially because he’s a key member of the Rogues, who are set to appear this year.
It’s also worth noting that the current version of Pied Piper in the New 52 isn’t deaf; that’s from a previous interpretation of the character.
Former Superman himself Brandon Routh is going to play another character from DC Comics mythology – The Atom as a main recurring guest star in the upcoming third season of The CW’s “Arrow”.
Routh will play Ray Palmer, a scientist, inventor and the new owner of Queen Consolidated. The deal spans fourteen episodes, with the character also serving as a love interest for fan favorite Felicity Smoak.
In the comics, Palmer becomes The Atom, a character that can shrink down to subatomic size. Whether the show will follow through with that we’ll have to wait and see. It’s likely though as the character matches a leaked casting description the other week of one of the new key characters.
Routh joins other announced newcomers this season including Karl Yune, Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and returning champ John Barrowman (who held my hand once and I had the honor of grabbing his ass) who has been upped to a series regular.
Also rumors abound that Oded Fehr from the Resident Evil and Mummy franchise will apprear as Ra’s Al Ghul and Steven R. McQueen as Nightwing.