Executive producers for DC's Legends of Tomorrow have always maintained that the format of their show left itself open to a fluid cast of characters. The first season wrapped up the Vandal Savage storyline, which included the end of the line for both Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée) and Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel). Despite saying that "the bow was tied so tightly and neatly with their story in the finale," executive producer and co-creator Marc Guggenheim also added that he felt the characters needed a break after fighting with Savage for 4,000 years. Earlier in the season, Rip Hunter and his team of legends lost Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) when he sacrificed himself for the group.
In losing two integral team members, and Carter, there are now some holes that need to be filled. Season 2 promises new villains, new heroes, and a far more focused story line. The Justice Society of America, by way of Rex Tyler/Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), were introduced in the last moments of the season 1 finale, hinting at the range of characters we might see in the fall.
TV Insider is reporting that one of the characters we can expect to see in season 2 is Vixen. Except it's not Mari McCabe, the iteration that fans are familiar with from the CW Seed show of the same name or her guest appearance on Arrow. Due to an over-crowded filming schedule (a good problem to have), Megalyn E.K. is not going to be reprising this fan-favorite role -- at least not on Legends.
Vixen's totem, from which she draws on the power of the animal kingdom, was created by the African spirit Anasi. Its power could only be conjured in order to watch over and protect the innocent. Tantu, the totem's first wearer, became an African legend and from here the totem was passed from one generation to the next, eventually finding its way to Mari.
Thankfully, the Waverider is a time-traveling ship, and it looks like one of the new crew members will be an ancestor or relative of some kind to the Vixen fans know from the year 2016. The fact that the team is recruiting people from very different times should add a new dynamic. While Kendra and Carter have been around for thousands of years, their reincarnations were from the same time as the rest of the team - with the exception of Rip Hunter.
Without much comic history behind the totem wearers before Mari, the writers have a unique opportunity to craft a compelling backstory for this new character they're introducing. Casting for the series regular role has begun, but there has been no mention of exactly what the role calls for nor is there a shortlist of actresses being considered.
Supergirl season 2 will air at 8pm Mondays on The CW in Fall 2016, The Flash will air in the same timeslot on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays.
Source: TV Insider