A 19-year-old deaf, Asian, transgender YouTuber named Chella Man recently announced that he’ll play mute bisexual hero Jericho in the DC Universe series Titans, making him the first openly queer character to appear on the show.
The fact that the show hired a disabled actor to play a disabled character is a huge deal seeing as most shows never bother to do this—it’s a huge win for the queer disabled community.
Titans follows a team of superheroes led by Batman’s former sidekick Robin as they delve into the mysterious pasts of Raven, a moody girl with dark powers, and Starfire, an intergalactic huntress. The show is much darker and more violent than the CW’s DC superhero shows.
Here’s Jericho’s official character description:
Son of the infamous DC villain Deathstroke … Joseph Wilson is the Titan known as Jericho. Mute after his father failed to rescue him from having his vocal cords severed by assassins, Jericho has the unique ability to possess anyone just by making eye contact. This gentle natured yet proud hero has proven himself a formidable Titan.
Titans first season premiered on October 12, 2018. Its second season will likely air sometime this year.
In an Instagram post announcing the news yesterday, Man wrote, “As a trans, deaf, Jewish person of color, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences. It is a dream come true, now, as I will be able to showcase this power on the Titans. HUGE thank you to all who have supported me throughout this process!”