Freedom Fighters: The Ray Hitting Blu-Ray/DVD This August

This is kind of an interesting announcement… Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has sent out the details and release date for the Freedom Fighters: The Ray animated movie's home release.

The series focused on Ray Terrill, who gained the powers to control and manipulate late from his Earth-X counterpart. This was the first Arrowverse series to star an openly gay hero. Other of the Arrowverse series have gay characters, but this was the first where the lead was gay. The was the origin of the character that we were introduced to in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover event last year. I'll give you the details and then mention the really interesting part after.

Freedom Fighters: The RayFreedom Fighters: The Ray will be available for purchase on Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD on August 28th, 2018. It features features a voice cast led by out queer actor Russell Tovey as The Ray/Ray Terrill. He is joined by Jason Mitchell as Black Condor/John Trujillo, Dilshad Vadsaria as Phantom Lady/Jenny Knight, Melissa Benoist as Overgirl, Megalyn Echikunwoke as Vixen, Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific), Danielle Panabaker (Dr. Caitlin Snow) and Carlos Valdez (Cisco Ramon/Vibe). The rest of the cast has Iddo Goldberg as Red Tornado, Sunil Malhotra as Jacob, Matthew Mercer as Dollman/Green Arrow/Black Arrow, Colleen O'Shaughnessy as Mrs. Terrill, Laura Post as Resistance Gunner, Christopher Corey Smith as Donald, Bruce Thomas as Mr. Terrill, and Scott Whyte as The Flash/Blitzkrieg.

All his life, Ray Terrill has fought injustice, dreaming of making a real difference like his older brother, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. One day, he stumbles upon a dying Super Hero from another Earth and is stunned to find that this Super Hero looks just like him—because it is! The dying Ray Terrill of Earth-X transfers photokinetic energy to this Earth's Ray, making him a Super Hero – The Ray. However, Ray quickly learns being a Super Hero isn't all hanging muggers from streetlamps and fighting giant robots. As the evil Nazi New Reichsman of Earth-X, led by Overgirl, close in, The Ray must learn to harness his powers by coming to terms with his true self, even if that means also finally coming out of the closet to his parents. The fate of Earth-X depends on it!

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: 72 minutes
Price: $18.94 SRP
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH, French, Spanish
Price: $19.98 SRP
1 Blu-ray Disc, 1 DVD and Digital HD Copy
BD Audio -DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English SDH, French, Spanish

And now the interesting part: the running time for the feature is 72 minutes. As of right now only 35 minutes have been released through CW Seed. The last we saw of Ray he had been shot with a tranquilizer dart and was being taken — which won't go well for him since he is basically standing up his date with Josh. This tells us that either their going to release the second part of the series sometime between now and the end of August… or they're just going to put it out on home video without finishing it. I'm guessing the first one, as we haven't had a new CW Seed entry since Constantine was released in March.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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