In the upcoming second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the eponymous team is joining forces with the Justice Society of America: the classic DC superhero crew from the Golden Age. The showrunners are already promising a "completely rebuilt" series with more character development and solid storylines in Legends season 2. With two very different superhero teams working together to defeat TV’s first supervillain team, The Legion of Doom, fans of the show can expect a nostalgic time-traveling action adventure.
Quite a few new characters, mostly members of JSA, will be making their first appearance in The CW's Flarrowverse on Legends season 2. That includes Sarah Gray as junior member Stargirl, Matthew MacCaull as the World War II version of Commander Steel, Nick Zano as Hank Heywood’s grandson Citizen Steel and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as a new version of Vixen, as well as Obsidian and Dr. Mid-Nite (who have yet to be cast).
Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of Legends of Tomorrow, has taken to Twitter to give us our first look at the new Vixen (see below) - and it looks like Maisie Richardson-Sellers fits the bill perfectly.
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 11, 2016
Vixen (aka Mari Jiwe McCabe), one of the most prominent black female characters in DC Comics was already introduced into the Flarrowverse continuity in animated form as part of a web series on CW Seed and later appearing in live-action on Arrow portrayed by Megalyn Echikunwoke. The new version of Vixen joining Legends of Tomorrow (named Amaya Jiwe) is actually the granddaughter of McCabe, who has since passed the superhero mantle onto her kin to uphold.
Check out The CW's official description of the new character below:
“Amaya Jiwe – better known as Vixen – is the newest superhero to board the Waverider and join the ranks of the Legends of Tomorrow. Like her grand[mother], Mari McCabe, Amaya’s powers are derived from the mysterious Tantu Totem, which allows her to magically access the abilities of animals.”
It’s exciting that Legends of Tomorrow seems to be taking a turn for the better in season 2 with more legacy characters and an overarching storyline with the Justice Society of America. However, we’re still wondering how the show will manage two vastly different superhero squads on top of a brand new supervillain team, while still giving each new character the attention they deserve. Although fans are mostly excited to see classic characters in live-action mode, we’re hoping the huge cast pays off with more cohesive storyline.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Marc Guggenheim