Arrow Casts First African-American Gay Superhero
Mister Terrific aka Curtis Holt will join the cast of Arrow season four as a recurring character and the people behind the show have confirmed that this version of Holt will be gay. Actor Echo Kellum will take on the role when the show returns this Autumn, Kellum is probably best known for his role on Ben and Kate.
While not the first LGBT character to be added to the Arrow series, the casting does mark the first openly gay African-American superhero on our TV screens. Marc Guggenheim, executive producer for the show has spoken about the addition:
“We’re often asked when we’re going to add another LGBT character to the show and our version of Mr. Terrific happens to be gay for anyone that cares about that kind of stuff”
For anyone not familiar Mister Terrific is a genius billionaire who becomes a superhero after he looses his wife and unborn child. His mask is not just part of a disguise and allows him to communicate instantly with specially designed T-spheres that possess multiple abilities including holographic projection, tech assimilation and projectile blasts.
Arrow will return to the CW on October 4 for a fourth season.
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