TV Line reveals that another member of The Flash’s rogues gallery will be seen in season one of The CW series. There’s no word on which episode he’ll appear in or who will play him, but it sounds like the character will have an entire instalment of the Arrow spin-off devoted to his introduction. ”In addition to the likes of Captains Cold and Boomerang, at midseason we will also meet Hartley, a onetime mentee of Dr. Wells’ who lost his hearing in an accident and now is out to wreak havoc with an invention of his own. (Of course, you may know Hartley — who happens to be gay — as the Pied Piper.)”
They’re keeping Hart’s hearing impairment and keeping him inventing his own bad ass sonic weapons — YES.
Hartley was the first openly and definitively stated to be gay super character in either DC Comics or Marvel. HIS INCLUSION IN A SCREEN ADAPTATION IS IMPORTANT.