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Broadway Actor Andy Mientus Cast As Openly Gay Villain The Pied Piper on CW’s ‘The Flash’

The Pied Piper


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.

The Flash Television Series To Showcase Openly Gay Villan/Superhero The Pied Piper

Pied Piper


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.