The CW’s superheroine Mari McCabe, aka Vixen, is getting a live action debut next month when Megalyn E.K. (nee Megalyn Echikunwoke), the actress who voices the animated character, will guest star on an episode of Arrow. But that’s just the begining for the CW Seed headliner. At yesterday’s TCA panel, CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed that, in addition to her live action appearance, Vixen will return for a second season on the network’s streaming website.
Pedowitz went on to say that CW Seed, which fostered the comedic talents of last night’s Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, has always been considered an incubator, or research and development operation, for the network.
Could they be incubating the network’s first superhero series led by a female or a person of color? It’s certainly a possibility. Said Pedowitz, “Hopefully, that character could actually spin itself out, if not, maybe join as one of the Legends [of Tomorrow].”The network doesn’t currently have any plans for any female-led superhero series, but as Pedowitz stated, “at this moment last year, Legends didn’t really exist. So time will take its toll.” Pedowitz also praised the network’s roster of female superheroes including Willa Holland‘s Speedy and Katie Cassidy‘s Black Canary on Arrow, Caity Lotz‘s White Canary and Ciara Renee‘s Hawgirl on Legends of Tomorrow, and Danielle Panabaker‘s eventual turn as Killer Frost on The Flash.
For now, Vixen will return for its second animated season. The first season followed the hero as she discovered her superpowers — the ability to take on the abilities of any animal through the use of the magical Tantu Totem — and consisted of six five-minute episodes. Stephen Amell‘s Green Arrow and Grant Gustin‘s The Flash dropped in on Season 1, along with Emily Bett Rickards‘ Felicity Smoak and Carlos Valdes‘ Cisco Ramone, and with the CW’s DC universe ever-expanding, further crossovers in the second season are all but guaranteed.
Check out the poster below and keep an eye out for the second season of Vixen on CW Seed.