Almost a year ago, we announced that another DC superhero was joining ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ in a leading role, Vixen. But this character was starring in an animated series set within the “Flarrowverse” on The CW’s Seed. At the time, Megalyn Echikunwoke was cast as the voice of Vixen/Mari McCabe with the stipulation that should the character be adapted to live action, that she would play her there as well. Now it’s happened! Echikunwoke is indeed coming to Star City in an episode of ‘Arrow’ later this season.
‘Vixen’ consisted of six episodes on Seed and was apparently popular enough for The CW to bring the starring hero over to live action. Joining Echikunwoke on the animated series were (the voices of) Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) and Carlos Valdez (Cisco Ramon). Also providing voices were Neil Flynn, Kimberly Brooks, Kevin Michael Richardson, Anika Noni Rose, Sean Patrick Thomas, Fred Tatasciore and Kari Wuhrer.
Where ‘Arrow’ is traditionally gritty and devoid of more fantastical elements and ‘The Flash’ is steeped in science fiction, ‘Vixen’ brought an element of mysticism to the shared universe. ‘Vixen’ follows the exploits of Mari McCabe who possesses the Tantu Totem, which gives her the abilities of any animal, even flight.
Echikunwoke will star in next year’s A&E series ‘Damien’ loosely based on ‘The Omen’. She may also be recognized from ‘The Following’, ‘Mind Games’, ‘Made In Jersey’, ‘House of Lies’, ‘90210’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘The 4400’, ‘That 70s Show’ and ’24’.
Now that Star City is plagued by Damian Darhk and been visited by John Constantine, the formerly realistic ‘Arrow’ is a better fit for Vixen’s live action debut, versus ‘The Flash’ which is still more science fiction-based.
Who knows where this could lead? Could Vixen be deemed worthy of her own live action series? Or at least, could she be a future candidate for ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ (or whatever they end up calling a second limited series)?
Do you think Vixen will be a good fit for ‘Arrow’? Would you like to see more of this DC hero in live action?
‘Arrow’ returns from its winter hiatus on January 20, 2016. No word on when exactly Vixen will show up, but we’ll keep you posted!
Source: Cinema Blend