Dan Payne Cast as Younger Version of Gay Villain/Superhero – Obsidian -in Legends of Tomorrow

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Early this summer CW reported that 76 year old Lance Hendrickson was going to play gay villain turned superhero Obsidian in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow TV show. Many people, including myself thought that this was a cop out for the show to have someone in their 70’s portray a character who would more than likely not have their sexuality shown at all. This is the safe way to not harm any heterosexual’s egos on having a gay character being shown on a show. However, it has been announced that there will be more than one version of the character. The younger version of Obsidian will be played by Dan Payne.

Being that the show deals with lots of timey whimey topics, it does make sense that there would be more than one version of the character being being shown. This is a huge relief. Lance is a great actor but having him as a non-sexual character when all of the other characters get to be flirtatious and sexual feels like a huge let down. The show is not even remotely about sex, but just allowing all equal share in sexuality being shown for all orientations present is what I personally hope to see myself.


Dan Payne was in a blink and you’d miss him role as Dollar Bill in the Watchmen and as a closeted gay man in the movie Mulligans with Charlie David. So he has had experience playing a superhero and a gay man. Good for him! Also, I do think he’s pretty darn hot. What do you think?



What are your thoughts?