Punching Nazis, it seems, is an American tradition on every earth. Now it's up to The Ray to carry that mantle.
Furher Oliver Queen is dead, felled by his Earth-1 doppelganger far from the dreary skies of his Nazi empire. Unfortunately for the oppressed of Earth-X, the Third Reich has a hold on power that even the Grim Reaper can't shake. Even as Ray Terrill (Russell Tovey) continues to fight the good fight in the present day, The CW Seed will get animated with his origin story.
Yes, it's time for the Arrowverse to answer all the questions sparked by the epic "Crisis on Earth-X" crossover. How did Ray, a denizen of Earth-1, become stranded on the multiverse's most notorious hellscape? Where did his powers come from? How did he hook up with the Freedom Fighters? Although they weren't mentioned by name, there's no doubt in our minds which superhero alliance enlisted Citizen Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Uncle Sam's (RIP) aid. And when, when
did he fall into the perfect ship with Miller's character?
"It's called Freedom Fighters: The Ray
for a very specific reason," Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told TV Insider
. "We knew we wanted to establish the Freedom Fighters and Earth-X. In Multiversity
, Grant Morrison came up with an idea we really responded to: The Freedom Fighters are made up of various minorities targeted by Nazis -- women, gay men, Jews. We wanted to honor that idea. At the same time, it's an origin story about the Earth-1 iteration of The Ray."
Ray, an openly gay man in a relationship with Leo Snart (HECKIN' YEAH!), will eventually find himself trading his super suit in for striped pajamas. Freedom Fighters will presumably reveal the how and when of his incarceration, but not before he tangles with Dark Arrow (Stephen Amell), Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) and Overgirl (Melissa Benoist), prior to her celestial demise, of course. In the meantime, viewers will come face to face with heroes like Black Condor, Doll Man, the Human Bomb and Phantom Lady.
Despite debuting a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Freedom Fighters: The Ray has no release date. Originally predicted to drop this fall, it looks like the series won't make it to screens until 2018. Hopefully, we'll have the chance to see The Flash's Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Tovey team up once more, be it on primetime or The CW's streaming service.
Welcome to the Arrowverse, friend. Now that we've met you, we'd like you to stay forever.
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