Obsidian's history has been distorted
Obsidian: Todd Rice was introduced in 1983, the biological son of Alan "Green Lantern" Scott and supervillain Rose "Thorn" Canton. He somehow inherited the power to merge with his own shadow, control darkness and perform other shadow-related feats. Rice is openly gay, and has a super-powered sister, Jennie-Lynn "Jade" Hayden, who doesn't seem to have made the TV cut. A modern character, he'll be transplanted to WWII on TV, and is played by Dan Payne.This obscures the exact history of how that came to be very badly. When Obsidian first debuted in the mid-80s, he wasn't characterized as gay, and did get involved with some girls. For about the first decade of his existence, he was far from undergoing a homosexual characterization. It was in 1994 that the tampering first began, with a story implying Todd was homosexual in the Justice League titles at the time. And the most devastating part of this? I think a conservative-leaning writer, Dan Jurgens, was the one responsible for sowing the seeds that led to this hijacking of Roy Thomas' creation after 2000! There may have been more exploitation of Todd Rice before that, but it was by the mid-2000s that the appropriation of somebody else's creation really came about. Possibly more disturbing was the dreadful story David Goyer and Geoff Johns wrote in JSA where Todd was brainwashed by a villain from All-Star Squadron named Ian Karkull into murdering his stepdad. And all this is conveniently obscured by the press.
Obsidian may be one of the most mistreated 3rd-tier characters in recent DC history, and the most dismaying part is that the article's writer has no interest in complaining about that.