Chella Man — a deaf, transgender Jewish/Chinese-American actor — has been cast to play the bisexual Jericho on the upcoming second season of the DC Entertainment streaming series “Titans,” DC Entertainment announced.
Man, who also identifies as genderqueer, is the first deaf actor to be cast in a DC role, according to DC Entertainment. Nicole Maines — who plays Nia Nal and her alter ego, Dreamer on “Supergirl” — is the first transgender actor to play a transgender superhero on a DC show.
The announcement of Man joining “The Titans” cast comes a few days after it was revealed that Esai Morales would play Deathstroke, Jericho’s father.
‘Dream come true’
“It is UNREAL to announce I will be making my acting debut as Jericho on Season 2 Titans!,” he posted. “As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences. It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans.”
It is UNREAL to announce I will be making my acting debut as Jericho on Season 2 Titans!
As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences.
It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans. pic.twitter.com/9Lq47dYr0L
— CHELLA MAN (@chellamanart) March 19, 2019
Season two of “Titans” will begin filming in April.
“Titans” is the first series on DC Universe Streaming subscription service that kicked off in September.
The show follows the Titans, a team of teen superheroes led by Batman’s former sidekick, Dick Grayson, aka Robin (Brenton Thwaites); Starfire (Anna Diop); Raven (Teagan Croft); and shape-shifting Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).
Man’s Jericho will be bisexual and uses sign language to communicate with his teammates after his vocal cords were cut by kidnappers who tried to blackmail his assassin father.
Jericho also has the power to possess another person by simply making eye contact with them.
Jericho was introduced to the DC Comics world in 1984 in a small cameo appearance in Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s “Tales of the Teen Titans” issue 42. He then received a larger role in issue 43.