The CW has announced that their animated Arrowverse spinoff series, Vixen, will be shown in its entirety as part of a two-hour special for the season 3 broadcast premiere. The series stars the vocal talents of some of the biggest names from the Arrowverse, including Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin, but focuses on a character who doesn't get much screen-time in the live action universe: Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke).
Mari has made a few appearances on the live-action shows, but the primary Vixen of the Arrowverse is actually her time-travelling grandmother, Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), who is a regular on the most recent season of Legends of Tomorrow. Both heroes use a totem to take on the power of different animals, and have fought on the side of the other heroes in the Arrowverse. Now, Vixen is back, and it's launching with a massive special on The CW next week.
The network announced this week that the animated series will be launching its third season with a two-hour special, hosted by Tiffany Smith of DC All Access. The special promises news on the upcoming seasons of the other Arrowverse shows, as well as airing the entirety of Vixen seasons 1 and 2 (as confirmed by Marc Guggenheim on Twitter).
Fitting two full seasons and a special presentation into two hours may sound like a lot, but each episode of the show so far has been only five minutes long, and were aired as minisodes for CW Seed. With each season clocking in at six episodes in total, the entire Vixen back catalog is only an hour long, leaving plenty of time for lots of discussion about what else is coming this fall.
The event is sure to catch the interest of Arrowverse fans, not least because it promises a few hints at what's to come for the network's bigger super-shows (Arrow and The Flash's official twitter have also been promoting the upcoming event with the promise of news). This is also a fantastic way to watch Vixen itself, as the super-short episodes work well when watched all together.
Of course, while the animated series is connected to the live-action universe, it's not necessary viewing to keep up to date with the goings on of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, so this is a fun event for super-fans of the universe or for fans of Vixen herself, rather than vital watching for The CW's DC universe. For fans who can't wait until the live-action shows return in the fall, however, this is a great way to get a little Arrowverse fix.
Catch the Vixen broadcast premiere Wed, Aug 30th on The CW.
Source: CW Seed