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DC casts trans and deaf actor of color as their newest superhero

DC casts trans and deaf actor of color as their newest superhero

Chella Man and the DC hero Jericho

DC Entertainment is earning praise for their latest casting announcement. Chella Man revealed on Tuesday (19 March) on Twitter he’ll be playing the hero Jerico in DC’s streaming series Titans.

Man, 19, is a deaf and Jewish actor of color. He is also genderqueer and currently transitioning on testosterone.

Jericho will be Man’s acting debut. He expressed his excitement for the project and his role in his tweet.

‘As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences,’ he wrote. ‘It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans.’

So who are the Titans and Jericho?

Titans is a new series from DC Entertainment, which aired its first season last fall.

It follows the group of young superheroes known as the Teen Titans. The cast features the likes of Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.

Man’s character Jericho is the son of villain Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson. DC recently cast Esai Morales as Deathstroke, who will be appearing in season two alongside his son.

Jericho is mute after assassins cut his vocal chords. He possesses the ability to control anyone simply by making eye contact. To communicate, the comics often depict him using sign language.

Doom Patrol, an upcoming spinoff series of Titans, features Matt Bomer as a gay superhero.

Filming for the second season of Titans is set to begin next month.

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