Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"The Brave and The Bold"

According to reports, The CW is developing another DC Comics based TV series, featuring 'Atom', 'Firestorm', 'Captain Cold' and 'Canary', plus three additional superheroes, executive produced by openly gay producer Greg Berlanti, who admits to including 'LGBT' messages in his ongoing series, "The Flash", "Arrow" and the upcoming CBS series "Supergirl":

"I can remember when there were storylines with gay characters on shows like 'Family' and 'Dynasty' and thinking, I have something in common with that person," Berlanti told The Advocate. "This was way before the internet and all the visibility that has brought with it. But back then, you really felt alone and when I saw those characters on TV, I knew I wasn't alone..."

Previously, as a writer, producer on "Dawson’s Creek", Berlanti tinkered with the main characters, following up with more inclusive moments in the series "Jack & Bobby", "Everwood", "Brothers & Sisters" and the 2012 mini-series "Political Animals".

According to The Advocate both "Arrow" and "The Flash" have cast openly gay actors including Andy Mientus as 'Pied Piper', Wentworth Miller as 'Captain Cold', Victor Garber as the creator of 'Firestorm: The Nuclear Man' and John Barrowman as 'Oliver Queen' nemesis 'Malcolm Merlyn'.

"...I love it when we get to cast openly gay actors in a role that other people may not cast that person in," said Berlanti, "because it’s nice to remind everybody of what they can do."

"But the primary agenda has to be telling great stories. As a means toward that, it’s about opening up your own world. And if you do that, I think everything gets better."

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