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CW Network Casts Casey Cott As Popular Gay Character Kevin Keller on Upcoming Riverdale Series

Casey Cott Cast As Kevin Keller In CWs Riverdale

 

Television newcomer Casey Cott has landed the role of Kevin Keller in  Riverdale , the CW Networks upcoming TV show twist on the long-runing Archie comics series.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics Publications, made the official announcement. He tweeted, “And last but certainly not least–KEVIN KELLER (@CaseyCott) joins the ever-expanding Riverdale universe!!”

Keller is the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics. He made his first appearance in Veronica #202 (September 2010). His debut was so popular that the comic sold out and Archie Comics did something it had never done before: issued a reprint. In February 2012, Keller received his own ongoing title, but it came to an end in 2014.

The CW describes the show: The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

The CW has already cast the rest of the core Riverdale line-up, including; KJ Apa as Archie, Ashleigh Murray as Josie, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead

 

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Riverdale Gets A Gay Superhero! – Kevin Keller Becomes “The Equalizer”!

Kevin Keller superhero

Archie and his pals in Riverdale will be getting a superhero to protect them.  And not just any superhero but a gay superhero according to IGN as Kevin Keller will take on the identity of the Equalizer in his new story arc which will begin in May.

Kevin will fight for justice and rely primarily on his physical strength for a superpower. According to writer, artist, and LGBT straight ally  Dan Parent:

Well, first of all, we had to pick out a name for him, and since he is gay and stands for equality, he wants to help everybody. We’re not just talking about cases of homophobia; we’re talking about when some downtrodden person gets hurt. So Equalizer is just sort of a good term. It’s not a term that we made up, obviously — it’s been used for batteries and TV shows — the word’s been used before. But it just symbolized him, because he stands for equality, and that’s what he’s trying to do. When he becomes a superhero, first he helps an old lady who’s getting attacked, then he saves this kid from getting made fun of, which, you know, he’s been in that place before. Then also, if a real crime is being committed, he’ll help stop that too. He’s an equal opportunity provider.

Trying to keep it a little more reality based. Mostly it’s just based on his physical strength. Whereas the Archie characters, you know, Archie got powers and could actually fly, and they can all do other things. But with this character, we’re keeping it more in the realm of, like, a Batman, where he actually depends on his physical prowess — and then lots of gadgets. In his cave, the guy who kind of monitors what’s going on with the crime and kind of invents things for Kevin — and at the same time, Kevin has the hots for this guy, so it’s kind of like a love interest for Kevin too.

In later storylines Kevin will also be relying on his father and best friend Veronica Lodge who who’ll act as his billionaire benefactor n his quest to triumph over wrongdoing. To this end, Veronica will be the one who supplies him with his own version of Batman’s Batcave and helps to come up with the idea for his costume

Kevin first appeared in a September 2010 issue of Veronica’s self-titled comic book and has quickly grown into one of Archie Comics’ most visible and popular characters.

Look for The Equalizer to debut in Kevin Keller #14 on May 5!