The big Arrow-verse crossover of 2017 noticed the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl unite to battle Nazi invaders from an alternate world generally known as Earth-X. Evil versions of Inexperienced Arrow and Supergirl led the invasion together with Reverse Flash, they usually wreaked loads of havoc earlier than the heroes had been in a position to defeat them. The heroes by no means would have been in a position to defeat the Nazis if not for the assistance of a hero of Earth-X known as the Ray. The crossover did not reveal the Ray’s origin story or clarify the whole lot that occurred on Earth-X to led to the invasion. Fortunately, now we have Freedom Fighters: The Ray to reply some leftover questions.
Freedom Fighters: The Ray is an animated present courtesy of CW Seed that can fill in loads of blanks from the Arrow-verse crossover, which ended merely with the Ray returning to Earth-X with just a little assist from Cisco’s breaching skills. The CW Seed sequence will ship some solutions to questions that linger after all of the heroes went their separate methods again to their very own exhibits.
It was announced a while ago that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist would lend her voice to the animated present because the villainous Overgirl, and the evil model of Inexperienced Arrow was set to look. Provided that the Arrow-verse crossover ended with Overgirl exploding because of an overload of photo voltaic radiation and Darkish Arrow being shot to loss of life by Oliver, it grew to become clear that The Ray must be a prequel sequence.
The motion of The Ray is intense proper off the bat, and viewers will get a take a look at much more Earth-X heroes than appeared within the massive crossover. The crossover solely spent a brief period of time on Earth-X, and we by no means obtained to see the actual scale of the Nazi occupation of the world. The Ray undoubtedly provides scale and ups the ante on the fixed hazard of Earth-X, though there’s a sure sense of dread in the truth that a number of of the starring characters didn’t seem in live-action together with the Ray himself.
The sequence takes benefit of its animation to point out off some superpowers that would by no means be doable on one of many live-action exhibits, and its setting on an Earth aside from Earth-1 offers it the liberty to go utterly bonkers with out messing with the continuity of at least Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. All issues thought of, when you’re a fan of the Arrow-verse on The CW, Freedom Fighters: The Ray is unquestionably value testing. Episodes solely run round 5-7 minutes every, so it will not even take an excessive amount of time to remain caught up.
All of this mentioned, Freedom Fighters: The Ray could have had way more attraction if it had been launched previous to the Arrow-verse crossover. We already know that the Ray will survive the motion of the animated sequence, and we already know that the Freedom Fighters will be unable to cease Overgirl, Darkish Arrow, and Reverse Flash. An earlier launch may have amped up the anticipation for the crossover and given a take a look at Earth-X in order that fewer blanks would must be crammed in. The Ray works as a prequel launched after the crossover, however it may need been much more thrilling if launched earlier than the Earth-X Nazis ever appeared in stay motion.
You possibly can catch the sequence premiere of Freedom Fighters: The Ray on Friday, December eight on CW Seed. The midseason finales of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl will all have aired by Friday, so The Ray may present a enjoyable repair of superhero motion transferring ahead. Ensure to try our midseason TV premiere schedule for when exhibits shall be returning to the networks in 2018, and take a look at our picks for big questions we still have after the Arrow-verse crossover.