The CW Is Open to Vixen Appearing on Arrow or The Flash

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 4:17PM
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 4:17PM
The CW Is Open to Vixen Appearing on Arrow or The Flash
The first episode of Vixen comes out today, adding another superhero to the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow universe. But Vixen is distinct from those shows for several reasons: first, it's animated, second, it's a webseries, and third, it features an African-American female superhero. Star Megalyn Echikunwoke discussed the importance of representation in superhero adaptations with The Mary Sue, and revealed that the character may appear on a CW live action show in the process:

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I think the world is hungry for this type of superhero. And little brown girls deserve a badass superhero just as much as everyone else. So, I think it's overdue, this character coming to the screen. And I'm super-excited to be the person that gets to be the voice, and maybe eventually be the live-action portrayal of this character.
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When asked if there was a chance that she would actually play the character on Arrow or The Flash, Echikunwoke responded,

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"I would definitely want to play Vixen, and I hope that does come to fruition. The CW is open to that, for sure, but it all depends on how people respond to this mini-series. Hopefully they love it, and if the fans want more, that's what [The CW will] do."
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With this webseries, which will consist of six episodes that run for approximately five minutes, the CW is essentially testing out the viability of the character. Hopefully the fans will turn out in droves, because as much as we love Arrow and The Flash, we could use more superheroes like Mari. If all goes well, maybe Vixen will be the next female superhero to get her own live action series, after CBS's Supergirl.

Echikunwoke is no stranger to geek fare that attracts passionate fans, as she has guest starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, and Veronica Mars. But most significantly, she was a regular on The 4400, which had a cult following and a tantalizing, open-ended finale that still upsets the fans to this day.
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"I meet so many disgruntled who feel like they had no closure to that and in a way, there wasn't," she told ET Online. "I don't think it's ever going to end, I think it's just going to be this open wound for all of us."
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You can watch the first episode of Vixen at CW Seed starting today. The show takes place around episode 15 of the last season of Arrow, and heavily features characters from Arrow and The Flash, including Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen (both of whom appear in the first episode), Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco.
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