Mari McCabe (aka Vixen) is one of the lesser-known but highly powerful superheroes on DC Comic's roster. Last year the character was brought into the Arrow/Flash universe with a short animated series called Vixen. The character has the ability to adopt the powers of any Earth animal at will with the use of a magic totem from Africa. The Tantu Totem was given to her after the death of her parents in Africa, but it wasn't until she grew older that its powers began to manifest themselves. With use of the totem, Mari has to fight against an evil organization who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Tantu Totem.
The first season of Vixen only consisted of 6 episodes of about 5-6 minutes each. The entire season is only 31 minutes long, but you can watch the full season on CW Seed's website. The character was played by Megalyn Echikunwoke, and the season also featured voice cameos from Arrow and Flash stars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) and Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash). The series must have been a success because it looks like we haven't seen the last of Vixen.
The news comes to us from the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour (via IGN). CW President Mark Pedowtiz said that the format for the second season will be similar to season 1, with 6-7 mini-episodes totalling about a half-hour total. He also mentioned that all of the episodes would likely be edited together and aired as a special on the CW network. The mini-episodes will air on CW Seed, as season 1 did before.
You can check out the official Vixen season 2 poster, below.
The CW President also had a few words hinting at a live-action appearance of Vixen. We had previously learned that Vixen will show up on season 4 of Arrow, played by the character's voice actor Megalyn Echikunwoke. But Mark Pedowtiz mentioned other possibilities for the character, stating that "hopefully that character can spin itself out or if not, join the Legends [of Tomorrow]."
Seeing Vixen on Arrow will mark the first time that the character has appeared in live action. And given the fact that The CW is currently lacking in the female-superhero department, a spin-off show would be welcome. But an appearance on Legends of Tomorrow would be another great option. Right now the Arrow-verse consists of the shows Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow. However between those three shows, CW has introduced an extremely wide variety of DC superheroes, many of which were considered B-list or even C-list characters.
The CW shared DC universe grew again in 2015, when the Constantine character appeared on Arrow, and we may see the Arrow-verse increase further through a potential Arrow/Flash/Supergirl crossover on CBS. So far, Supergirl has been its own thing, but a crossover could change that and bring yet more DC characters into the same television universe. As such, there is very much room for Vixen in that universe, given the rate at which it continues to expand.
Vixen will continue on CW Seed later this year. The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016.