Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and if the Arrow-verse has shown us anything, it's that real heroes most certainly tend to defy labels. We've seen white heroes, black heroes, male heroes, and female heroes, and one specific area where The CW's DC universe has really shown its progressive side is its ability to get LGBTQ characters in on the action. That's a trend that will definitely continue into the coming season, as Greg Berlanti recently revealed that a prominent Arrow-verse character will soon come out. He said:
We had a character who we had discussed as a possibility last year internally, and it didn't materialize. We didn't get to the story. We just didn't have enough real estate to deal with it in the way that we wanted to deal with it. So when we were planning this season, we said to the network and the studio that it was a priority for us, and everyone was cool with it. And obviously, because the character hadn't been gay, we hadn't necessarily discussed it with the actor, too.
At a recent Television Critics Association panel (Via TVLine) Greg Berlanti spoke to the press and revealed that a character from the Arrow-verse would in fact come out at some point when The CW's DC series return. He wouldn't go into specifics, except for the fact that this particular character will already be established within the universe, and won't be a newcomer to any of the existing series. At least we know we can rule out options like Tyler Hoechlin's Superman or Grey Damon's Mirror Master on The Flash; that narrows it down slightly.
Greg Berlanti's quote also emphasizes the fact that the folks behind this decision want to make this realization feel as authentic as possible. This means that the character in question will have possiblygrappled with their sexuality for some time before finally making this decision. Some have already theorized that Supergirl's Winn (Jeremy Jordan) might be the one to undergo this major arc after losing Kara Danvers to Jimmy Olsen, while others have speculated that Kara's sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) might take the honor because of her consistent rebuffing of Maxwell Lord's advances. Both of those would work, but I'm personally hoping that it's Malcolm Merlyn because John Barrowman (a real life member of the LGBT community) would absolutely nail that particular character transformation. Right, John?
The Arrow-verse already features quite a few LGBT characters, but there's always room for more. On Arrow we have Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), while Legends of Tomorrow has Caity Lotz's fan-favorite Sara Lance. Over on The Flash, we've already seen several gay characters enter the fray, such as Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) and Andy Mientus' Hartley Rathaway a.k.a. Pied Piper. Supergirl will even continue this long line of LGBT characters, as it was revealed last month that lesbian GCPD officer Maggie Sawyer will soon make an appearance as well. Like I said before: heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
We won't truly know for sure which Arrow-verse character will come out until they finally do it, but until then we will obviously continue to speculate. Cinema Blend will bring you more details related to all of the Arrow-verse series as more information becomes available to us.
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