Vixen Gets an Animated Series

CW Seed is an online streaming network focused on “animation, game shows, comedy, and digital personalities”. The main advertising point is that they have every episode ever of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the American version). They’re also airing Almost Human (the scifi show with Michael Ealy as a robot and Karl Urban as his grumpy cop partner), Hellcats (a cheerleader soap opera that was surprisingly good), The (1990) Flash, the Veronica Mars spinoff Play It Again, Dick, and season 3 of Husbands, the web series about an accidentally married couple of opposites.

But I’m here today to talk about Vixen, the animated Flash/Arrow spinoff. The title character was first seen this summer in this Comic-Con trailer:

Vixen, aka Mari McCabe, was created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner and first appeared in 1981. (She was supposed to have her own series in 1978, but it was cancelled during the DC Implosion.) Her totem necklace gives her the powers of the animal kingdom. She’s voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke, while the Flash and Arrow are played by their live-action stars, Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell.

Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of both shows, is also behind this short-form cartoon. Why not live action? The animated format is better suited for her magical powers, it seems. This featurette talks with the actress and the character designer about the character:

You can see some of her comic appearances (including her really ugly original costume) here. (I kind of miss the braids.)

Here, Guggenheim talks about where the series fits in the “Arrowverse”:

The six episodes (first available now, plus bonus material, with more coming weekly) will make up one 30-minute story. In the first, we get an action sequence with the guest-stars and a bit more background on Mari’s uncertainty about what she wants from life.

Vixen promo art


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