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Considering Matt Bomer regular appearance at the top of “Sexiest Man Alive” lists and has voiced Superman, the most famously hunky superhero of them all, it might be considered ironic that in his new role in the DC Universe show “Doom Patrol,” he plays a character whose entire body is covered in bandages.
In DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, Matt Bomer plays Larry, a closeted fighter pilot who becomes a superhero after an accident disfigures him. Because of that, he loses his wife and kid as well as his lover on the airbase. Post-accident, Larry is played by actor Matthew Zuk but still voiced by Bomer.
Larry is a gay male superhero, a rarity in the media landscape and also a “big reason” that the gay actor wanted to take the role, Bomer said at a Tuesday Q&A for Doom Patrol at SoHo House West Hollywood.
Bomer said that before playing Larry Trainor ( a.k.a Negative Man), he had “never really seen a gay male superhero,” according to Variety.
Due to the time period he was raised in, the closet is a struggle for Trainor. It’s familiar territory for Bomer, who just finished a run as the character Donald in The Boys in the Band, a revival of the 1968 play about a group of queer men who grapple with the repression of their era. Greg Berlanti, the gay executive producer of Doom Patrol, had seen Bomer in Boys and thought of him for the part of Trainor.
Bomer who voiced Superman in DC universe animated movie Superman Unbound in 2013 says that,
“People always say, ‘What about Superman,’ they bring that up constantly, and I think this character is just as, if not more, interesting.”
DC is really coming forward to support the LGBT community in their shows. Last year, DCs Legends of Tomorrow showcased the romance between Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe when the pair finally kissed.
Black Lightning, which started last year, is featuring a superhero Thunder, who is a black lesbian medical student and teacher.
First ever lesbian superhero to lead a TV show
Last month, it was revealed that CW network has ordered a pilot for DC’s Batwoman starring Ruby Rose as a first live-action lesbian superhero to lead a TV show.
The Batwoman pilot will be overseen by The Flash and Arrow director David Nutter, who is also famous for his work on Game of Thrones, including directing the infamous Red Wedding scene.
Bomer describes the show’s tone as “trippy, abstract and absurdist,” which is precisely what he loves most about it.
“If this had just been another formulaic, down the middle, ‘Gotham’-y type of series I would not have been a part of it,” Bomer said.
Source – advocate.com, variety.com, towleroad.com, pinknews.co.uk