According to recent casting news, it seems that Vixen will be joining the cast of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in their second season, but strangely enough, she will not be played by Megalyn Echikunwoke.
In a twist that makes some sense, the “new” Vixen will actually be a hero plucked out of time by the Waverider’s crew, someone who had the totem long before the current Vixen, Mari McCable. The reasoning for this twist? While the folks over at the CW love Echikunwoke and her interpretation of the character (hence why ‘Vixen’ Season 2 will still be featuring her as the lead), Echikunwoke is extremely busy these days, which is unfortunate after what she told Comicbook.com at the CW Upfronts about how much she would love to come back to live-action and play the character again (like she did this season on ‘Arrow’):
“It’s all based on what the capacity for the CW is, what my availability is, it’s a lot of things…And Vixen’s really special so they want to find the right space for her…I’m open to any type of development of Vixen in live-action. I think the fans are there, and they deserve to have this character. They want this character. She’s really special, and an important part of the DC Universe, so I don’t see why she shouldn’t have the spotlight.”
Echikunwoke nowadays is an exceptionally busy actress, having just wrapped ‘Damien’ on A&E and then headed over to Atlanta where she is shooting a new comedy, ‘Step Sisters’ with Eden Sher (‘The Middle’) and Matt McGorry (‘How To Get Away With Murder’). The good news about the plan to use a different Vixen on ‘Legends’ is that it leaves the door open for Echikunwoke’s Mari McCabe to return in the present on ‘Arrow’ or ‘The Flash’ (or who knows, maybe even ‘Supergirl’).
What are your thoughts on getting a new Vixen on the ‘Legends’ roster? Do you think they should have held out till Echikunwoke had time for the role? Feel free to share your opinions below!
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