Lance Henriksen’s version of Obsidian in Season 2 of “Legends of Tomorrow” is similar to its comic book counterpart in terms of his family background and sexual orientation.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Henriksen confirmed that just like in the comics, “Legends of Tomorrow’s” Obsidian is the son of Green Lantern. The 76-year-old actor also confirmed that the character’s first TV live-action incarnation is gay.
“It’s all in there, every bit of it,” Henriksen told the website when asked how much of the character’s comic book mythology is brought to the TV series. “Being Green Lantern’s son and all that stuff and him being gay is all in there. It’s treated, honestly, kind of ungently.”
As revealed by TVLine earlier this month, Henriksen will be sharing the role of Obsidian with the 44-year-old actor Dan Payne. According to the website, the Legends will first meet the younger version of Obsidian, played by Payne. Henriksen, on the other hand, will play a future version of the role.
In the comics, Obsidian, also known as Todd Rice, is known for his darkness manipulation powers. He has the ability to possess other people’s shadows and fuse with his own shadow, allowing him to fly and pass through solid objects. Aside from being a regular member of Justice Society of America (JSA), Obsidian is also a founding member of Infinity, Inc., and formerly a member of the Justice League. Created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway, Obsidian first appeared in 1983’s “All-Star Squadron” #25.
Obsidian will be introduced as a member of JSA on “Legends of Tomorrow.” Other previously announced JSA members are Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Henry Heywood, Sr. / Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull) and Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl (Sarah Grey).
Rex Tyler / Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), who was introduced as a member of the JSA in the show’s Season 1 finale, is also expected to return in the upcoming season.
In addition, John Wesley Shipp mentioned in an interview with Variety last May that his new “The Flash” character, Earth-3 Jay Garrick, is also part of JSA. It’s unclear, however, whether he will be appearing on in the sophomore run of the “Arrow” — “The Flash” offshoot.
“Legends of Tomorrow” Season 2 premieres on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. on The CW.