This episode of Nerd & Tie was recorded at Geek.kon 2016 at the Madison Marriott West in front of a live studio audience. We’re also continuing our “audio only” streak, because (frankly) it’s easier to set up and tear down at conventions.
We tackle the hard pressing issues this fortnight, like Shatner almost apologizing for Star Trek V, and director Doug Liman moving from the Fox/Marvel Gambit production to DC’s Justice League Dark movie “Dark Universe.” We also cover some lighter fare… like how the reveal that Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Homecoming character is none other than Mary Jane Watson showed us all exactly how many racists we hadn’t weeded out of our Facebook feeds yet.
The CW Seed’s new webseries also looks pretty cool, and (in a pretty weird story) Wizard World Chicago almost let a gun dealer vend.
It’s been a weird couple of weeks.
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While DC’s film cinematic universe (the DCEU) is having problems getting started, their TV continuity (which some of us call the Arrowverse) is doing spectacularly. Between Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Vixen, and (the unfortunately concluded) Constantine, it’s getting to be a pretty big place.
And is about to get a little bit bigger.
It’s being reported that The CW’s online network CW Seed is launching a second animated webseries called Freedom Fighters: The Ray. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will produce the series, which Deadline summarizes:
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.
Importantly though, Ray Terrill is gay, which makes him one of the only LGBTQ characters to lead a mainstream superhero property.
Like the CW Seed’s other series, Vixen, they’ll be casting a voice lead in the series who can also play the character in any live action crossovers with shows like Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.
Freedom Fighters: The Ray is expected to premiere on the CW Seed some time in 2017.