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Obsidian Remains Gay, Green Lantern’s Son, In “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” Debut

"It’s treated, honestly, kind of ungently," says actor Lance Henriksen.

The CW will be introducing a slew of new super-characters when DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns for its second season, including Obsidian, a gay hero with a complicated past.

When Obsidian was introduced in the comics in 1983, he was the son of golden-age Green Lantern Alan Scott. Over the years, the shadow-powered champion occasionally succumbed to his dark side and struggled to keep his sanity.

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More recently, he came out as gay and even had a boyfriend.

Veteran actor Lance Henriksen (Millennium) told the TV version of the character will remain true to that portrayal—sexuality and all.


“Yeah, being Green Lantern’s son and all that stuff and him being gay is all in there,” he explained. “It’s treated, honestly, kind of ungently. It’s a real thing”

Henriksen, who plays an older version of the character, says his dialogue includes the lines, ‘If you’re lucky enough to find love again, after anything has ever happened to you, well, embrace it.”

Obsidian also tells another hero, “Son, he’s waiting for me at home.”

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Legends of Tomorrow sees a cast of heroes and villains traveling through time and space to prevent catastrophe. They actually encounter two versions of Obsidian—the older version played by Henriksen, and a younger costumed version played by Dan Payne.

Legends of Tomorrow Season Two premieres Thursday, October 13, at 8pm on The CW.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.