Titans Casts Deaf, Transgender Actor as Jericho

Following the announcement of casting actor Esai Morales as Deathstroke, DC Universe's live-action Titans has cast Chella Man as Jericho, a hero in his own right and the son of DC's famed mercenary.

Though he's not a big name in Hollywood, Man, who self-identifies as genderqueer and a queer artist, has seen his profile grow both as a Deaf activist and as a model. In 2017, the Jewish/Chinese-American actor began to transition from female to male and has quickly become a noted figure in LGBTQ+ circles, documenting his transition on Instagram, YouTube and a series of columns for them.

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Jericho made his DC Comics debut in 1984's Tales of the Teen Titans #43 (after making a cameo appearance in Issue #42), by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, and has the power to possess anyone upon making eye contact with them. The character has always used sign language to communicate with his teammates, as he was rendered mute early in his life by kidnappers who were attempting to blackmail his father. Though he's played the villain from time to time over the years, Jericho has generally been one of the more pure-hearted members of the team of young heroes. While the original version of the hero's sexuality was never really explored, Jericho's modern comics incarnation is bisexual, and his personality has more edge to it than the original.

The show's official character description is as follows:

Son of the infamous DC villain Deathstroke (played by Esai Morales), 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.

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Principal photography for Season 2 of Titans is expected to begin in April, as casting for new characters on the series continues.

Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans' first season stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, with Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd.

[Photo credit: Mary V Benoit. Man is repped by IMG.]

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