Review: ‘Vixen’ Season One Episode One

imageThe CW and DC Entertainment teamed up to create a shared universe between Arrow, The Flash, and soon Legends of Tomorrow. Today marks their first venture into the animated world with the premiere of Vixen.

The project takes place in within the same universe as both Arrow and The Flash, and is sure to include Legends at some point. Mari Jiwe McCabe is the character’s real name, and she gains her ability to mimic the abilities of animals through a mystical totem.

The first episode is only five minutes long, which is only disappointing considering how much hype this series received prior to its release. Megalyn Echikunwoke voices the metahuman and she goes toe-to-toe with the Arrow and Flash. Before falling off the roof of a building and does a flashback taking us back three days where Mari get released from jail. She and foster dad Chuck voiced by Neil Flynn (Scrubs) catchup and discuss Mari’s stint outside Detroit, MI looking for her parents before the episode ends on a cliffhanger where the two are held at gunpoint

The animation style is similar to the anime-esque Justice League films. It’s interesting to see that both Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell are credited in this episode even though both don’t have a speaking parts.

The series will be comprised of six 5-minute episodes totaling a half hour, so if you can get over how annoyingly short these episode will be, then you’ll be happy to know that there is enough action and story to whet viewer’s appetites.


The CW Seed might be a testing ground to establish Vixen as part of the larger DC television universe. Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim expressed his interest at comic-con to see Vixen make her live-action debut on Arrow, assuming there’s a story to tell and whether or not fans want more Vixen. Echikunwoke responded positively to the idea of playing Vixen in live-action saying, “I’d love to play Vixen in live-action; I’m into it” during an interview with Considering Arrow’s fourth season deals with magic, and Mari’s abilities are magical in nature, it within the realm of possibility to see Echikunwoke be incorporated into the existing shows.

What do you all think of Vixen, and should she be brought into the fold as a live-action character? Sound off in the comment section below.

The first episode is only now available on the CW Seed.

Lawr_avThe writer of this piece is: Laurence Almalvez
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1 Comment on Review: ‘Vixen’ Season One Episode One

  1. This does look like it could be the perfect way for DC to introduce the character into their Arrowverse. Might be a neat way for them to do it for other characters in future too.

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