CW’s ‘Vixen’ Renewed for Season 2, Could Become Live-Action Spin-Off

Vixen – Megalyn Echikunwoke CW Interview 2

Vixen's Megalyn Echikunwoke discusses her character in a CW Seed interview

Vixen’s Megalyn Echikunwoke discusses her character in a CW Seed interview

The voice of CW’s animated Vixen, Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami) will make her live-action debut in the network’s Arrow series next month.

Additionally exciting is the announcement that not only will Vixen return for a second season in 2016, but there’s a decent chance that we may see more of Megalyn in Vixen’s own live-action series as well.

First Look: Megalyn Echikunwoke’s Live-Action Vixen in ‘Arrow’ Promo

At the network’s Television Critics Association panel, CW president Mark Pedowitz stated that while there are no current plans for any female-led superhero series, he is hopeful that Vixen “could actually spin itself out, if not, maybe join as one of the Legends [of Tomorrow].”

Also a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow will band together a few of DC Comics‘ misfit characters, including Ciara Renée‘s Hawkgirl, when it premieres on January 21, 2016.

'Vixen' - Season 2 Poster

‘Vixen’ – Season 2 Poster

Vixen, the first series starring a black superheroine, debuted last fall on CW’s online streaming platform, CW Seed.

Overseen by Arrow‘s executive producer Marc Guggenheim, the show is based on DC Comics‘ Mari Jiwe McCabe aka Vixen, a character created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner, and who first appeared in Action Comics #521 in July 1981.

Originating from the fictional African nation of Zambesi where her parents were killed, she can access the powers of any animal through her family’s Tantu Totem, from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah.

Season 1 follows Vixen’s discovery of her origins and powers, as well as her first encounters with Arrow (Stephen Amell) and The Flash (Grant Gustin) in Detroit.

Megalyn’s casting as Vixen resulted in immediate fan requests that she play the live-action character as well. If that pressure holds after she appears in Arrow episode #415 “Taken” on February 24, 2016 (8/7c), it’s clear that the network will take it seriously.

Hopefully the forthcoming Season 2 of Vixen will see some extension of the too-short five minute episodes, or perhaps more than just six episodes altogether. 

Character voices for the show include Neil Flynn (The Middle) and Anika Noni Rose (Half of a Yellow Sun).

Guggenheim serves as Vixen‘s executive producer along with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. It is produced by James Tucker under Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Ribbon Content, and DC Entertainment.

If you need to catch up, you can watch the full series at