Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and company are on a roll with their DC superhero shows these days. From the combined universe of “Arrow“, “The Flash“, and the upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW to the (potentially tied-in) “Supergirl” on CBS, their crackerjack team is the true source for a DC Universe right now. You’d think two new series (the aforementioned “Legends” and “Supergirl“) would be enough, but they’ve gone one step further.
Premiering online on CW Seed this August is “Vixen“, a short-form animated series based on the character created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner in the early ’80s. Set in a fictionalized version of Detroit, the show will be comprised of 6 short episodes that will combine to tell a 30 minute tale.
After her parents were killed in Africa by local corruption, Mari McCabe inherits her family’s Tantu Totem, gaining the powers of animals, using them to fight as Vixen to stop threats like those that claimed her family.
Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice ‘Mari McCabe/Vixen‘ and she will be joined by guest stars Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), The Flash (Grant Gustin), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) throughout the short-series run. Vixen may also appear in live action form on the three CW shows that it shares continuity with and could graduate to her own live action series at some point.
There’s no timeline in place for such appearance, nor is there any indication for whether or not Echikunwoke will play the role in the flesh when Vixen eventually appears on her sister shows. Regardless, it’s nice to see The CW continue to expand its growing DC universe in new and exciting ways. Check out the trailer for “Vixen” below!
“Vixen” is set to debut August 25th on CW Seed.
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