Megalyn Echikunwoke is an Animated Vixen

Vixen Megalyn EchikunwokeWhile DC hasn’t exactly wowed audiences with how it’s churning out it’s movies, the TV side seems to be doing much better. With the huge success of Flash and Arrow and the so-so success of Gotham (it’s getting another season, go figure) DC is doing what Marvel seems to be hesitating at doing – bringing more diversity to its universe. Well, kinda-sorta. It was announced earlier in 2015 that CW planned to do an animated web series based on the character Vixen. Now a voice actress has been chosen and it’s none other than Megalyn Echikunwoke from The 4400 and CSi.

It definite that she will be the voice of Vixen for the online animation but there are some rumors that she will also DC Comics Vixenappear in the planned Legends of Tomorrow, which is a show that will bring together characters from both Arrow and Flash. While it’s not a bad thing that CW is planning the online animation, and that they are beating Marvel in terms of diversity, it would be nice if they did it in a live action series rather than an animation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see characters like Supergirl and Vixen get some much needed love outside their comics, but it just seems a little odd the shove the black character into an animation.

And let’s face it, what red blooded heterosexual male doesn’t want to see Megalyn Echikunwoke in the Vixen costume. That one thing DC has over Marvel, so far, is that DC has not been afraid to go full super-hero on their properties outside of comics. (I’m looking at you Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

 

CW Seed Vixen Animation

The six-part animation will be online, however DC and CW has made it very clear that the story will take place in the same universe as Flash and Arrow. The six part series will complete a one-shot 30 minute story. The Vixen series will not only introduce the character but will beat Marvel to the punch (again) by opening the CW universe to magic – something else Marvel seems a bit timid to do as they plan their Doctor Strange series. Executive producer Marc Gugenheim has this to say:

“This is essentially a coming-of-age story. [The totem] basically gives her the powers of any animal on Earth. She can fly like an eagle, she can have the strength of a gorilla, and she can run as fast as a cheetah.

I love that we get to expand the universe. We started off with Arrow, which is much grounded, then The Flash introduced the concept of superpowers to this universe, and now Vixen will introduce the concept of magic. We’re continuing to build and expand the tapestry that we have to play with.”

DC and CW plans to debut the first footage of the Vixen series at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con while the actual show will premiere later in the summer.  Here’s Justice League Vixenhoping that CW takes a damn change and give the character her own show or makes her part of the other DC shows. (Well except Gotham, because that show is awful.) The official description of the show is, as follows:

Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe’s parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals-anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.

The Arrow and Flash are going to appear in the series, with voices from Stephen Amell (Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), and Carlos Valdes (The Flash). It will follow Vixen’s path as she first learns to embrace her incredible abilities and discovers the source of the mysterious Tantu Totem’s power.

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