“Legends of Tomorrow” is introducing a new LGBTQ character in Season 2.
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier this month, it was revealed that Lance Henriksen — best known for his role as Bishop in the “Alien” franchise — will play Justice Society of America (JSA) member Obsidian in the sophomore run of The CW series.
In the comics, Obsidian, a.k.a. Todd Rice, is openly gay. So is Henriksen’s incarnation of the character also gay?
KSiteTV asked that question to showrunner Phil Klemmer during a recent interview, and the executive producer said, “Yeah. That’s certainly our intention. We haven’t written this episode yet, but yeah. That is [the intention].”
Obisidian will be the third LGBTQ character to appear on the “Arrow” – “The Flash” offshoot. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), who is bisexual, was the first one. The other was her short-lived Season 1 romantic interest Lindsay Carlisle (Ali Liebert).
As comic book fans know, Obsidian is the son of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. He has the ability to fuse with his own shadow, allowing him to fly and pass through solid objects and possess other people’s shadows. Created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway, Obsidian first appeared in 1983’s “All-Star Squadron” #25.
Aside from Obsidian, other previously announced JSA members are Rex Tyler/Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), Henry Heywood, Sr./Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull), Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Dr. Mid-Nite, who has yet to be cast.
Although not confirmed, John Wesley Shipp suggested in an interview with Variety last May that his new “The Flash” character — Jay Garrick — is also part of JSA.
"The fact that I'm now getting to morph into an entirely different character that is so important to the Justice Society of America, which also bleeds into 'Legends of Tomorrow' — he's such an important character to this whole world — it just opens up enormous possibilities for me as an actor going forward," Shipp said at the time.
“Legends of Tomorrow” Season 2 premieres on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW.