Move over Flash and Arrow, the CW has a new superhero series from DC that’s getting attention, and this time she’s a she. This time she is Black. This time she is Black and leading her own cartoon! That’s right fam, Vixen is a Black woman protagonist set to live in CW’s world of Barry Allen and Oliver Queen. Only this time, in a rather creative tie-in, Vixen will be leading an animated series as opposed to the other live-action shows. Check her out!
The crazy-awesome part is that CW looks to be putting some real thought behind merging the animated tie-in. The show will include the voices of the live-action shows Arrow and Flash, include Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), and Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) all reprising their roles in the cartoon. Vixen will be voiced by actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.
With Vixen’s ability to control the power of the animal kingdom, setting this series as a cartoon might be a great choice for expanding the universe without stretching it beyond its abilities with live action. The Flash integrated amazing well into a universe that began with a superpower-less Arrow, and the crossovers worked better than most of us expected. Instead of jumping the shark with Vixen’s magic in live action, why not integrate a cartoon instead? Writers have more autonomy with the fantastical elements of the story, suspension of disbelief will be easier, and it can integrate with the larger universe without risking what’s already working in live action. And who knows – why wouldn’t they surprise us with a few live-action Vixen cameos as well?
Vixen finally has her own show, and fans will be watching. Did I mention the animation looks amazing? The show is set for 6 episodes, but again, who knows, maybe with some success it can last longer.