‘The Flash’ is about to get its first gay supervillain

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Hit superhero television series ‘The Flash’ is to feature its first gay supervillain, and the actor playing him said it is a “huge step forward.”

Andy Mientus has joined CW network’s ‘The Flash’, as the Pied Piper.

The 28-year-old told Variety at the premiere of Into the Woods on Monday: “With the gay thing, I feel like I’m representing a whole community… People are excited to see this character, so it is a lot of pressure. But I’m glad they are introducing the character to the show. It’s a huge step forward, and I’m thrilled to help make that happen. It’s awesome.

“The universe of ‘The Flash’ has such an intense, passionate fanbase, which has existed since the ’60s, and this is the first time he’s been in a live-action, on-camera interpretation, so I hope I pulled it off.”

On his costume, he continued: “It’s badass. I can’t put it on and not feel powerful,” said Mientus, who originally auditioned to play Barry Allen, aka the Flash. “It tells you everything you need to know on how to move and feel like a superhero. It does a lot of the work for you.”

The Pied Piper will make his début on the show at the end of January.

An extended trailer for the show is available to view below