The CW will introduce a gay character on one of the network’s superhero shows this upcoming season.
Greg Berlanti and the executive producers of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” made the announcement on Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The character will appear in one of the four shows, though the panel did not reveal which series.
“One of the characters will be exploring their sexuality and coming out,” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg announced during the mega-superhero panel.
“It is a significant character,” Berlanti said. “We’re not trying to be coy about it…we just really want the audience to enjoy the character development and not be ahead of the storyline.”
Staying mum on details, exec producer Sarah Schehcter quipped, “It’s a man or a woman, and it’s on one of the four shows.”
The news comes shortly after CW president Mark Pedowitz announced this morning that the network’s digital platform, CW Seed, will introduce the first-ever gay superhero to lead a series with “Freedom Fighters: The Ray,” which will premiere in 2017. Though the show is animated, the plan is to bring the character into the live-action universe with the voice actor playing the role.
“Absolutely we’re having a gay character,” Fuller told reporters on Wednesday during the press tour.