For those who don't know, this is the new and improved Ron Darius. In the beginning, he was the speedster of our team. Brian mentioned to me(Phil) that every team has a speedster and we needed to be different. We brainstormed and decided to have him absorb elements. We can't spoil everything here, so you need to read all the new information below.
Also, the lettering for the promo is different. We told Kelly Williams to stay away from the typical Superhero font and to focus on the character themes. You will notice that the new "Shepherd" is mixed together with a corporate feel and a dollar bill color theme.
Ron Darius (Likeness of Donald Glover)
Weight: 155 lbs.
Powers: Ron is able to touch anything and his skin transformers into that substance. But do not fear, he is not Absorbing Man from Marvel Comics. His power involves science and various elements. He first learns of his abilities after drinking water and suddenly falls apart and becomes a puddle on the ground. When he first learns of his abilities, there will be times when he absorbs too many substances and blotches of depigmentation can be seen on his skin. This forces him to wear winter gloves all day everyday. After he learns the basics of his abilities, he will be wearing a utility belt and a skin suit. In his utility belt, there will be pouches that contain water, dirt, rock, gold, metal, tree bark, and his deceased mother's silver cross. The cool part about his power is that he can mix the elements when he uses them.
Weakness: High-pitched noises (particularly from his cousin and arch-rival, Ricky). When Ron uses his abilities, there will be several times that he is not in solid form. When he's not, Ricky's high-pitched noises at times can easily tear him apart.
Personality: Ron is consistently light-hearted and ready to make the others laugh. He is the heart and soul of the team and eventually becomes the glue that keeps the group together (although this is certainly not true in the Flashforward).
Favorite Movies: The Shining, The Natural and The Departed
Favorite Music: Childish Gambino, Run-DMC, and Bill Withers
Relationships: Best friend- Mary Carter (also an Extra, but she absolutely hates it). Father- Michael Darius (Detective in the Meteor City Police Department). Mother- Sharelle (waitress at the Shepherd Diner). Sister- Dominique, or DeeDee. (older than Ron, goes to North Carolina University as a Political Science major. Who knows, maybe we'll see her again in the future in a political role [possibly villainous? hint-hint wink-wink]). Cousin- Ricky (local gang leader and also an Extra- high pitch noise which causes severe seizures in non-powered people but is particularly effective to Ron). Classmates- Nate Dunham (amiable relationship, not best friends nor worst enemies), Viola Proctor (practically unknown to her as she is the popular, cheerleader-type), Matt Dunham (familiar face, and well liked to Matt as he is the captain of the football team and Ron constantly tries out but constantly fails) and Alex Reese (mutual disdain between Ron and the chain smoking Alex).
Future: Picture Donald Trump's money without the awful hair or douchebaggery. He is the CEO of your typical Goldman Sachs or Enron. He hung up his superhero shoes and is now all about the Benjamins. His sister is the Mayor of Meteor City and has created a campaign to round up and covertly eliminate all Extras (as her Mother was killed by an Extra).
This is all subject to change. Mostly from our input and how the story changes, but also (as this is kind of our mission statement now) from the fan's opinion. So, what do you hate about Ron? What do you like? Do you need reasons/explanations for any of his characteristics? Leave us a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org