DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘ looks to be adding to their ensemble with the news that the character Vixen would appear on the series. Mari McCabe, portrayed by actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (above), was introduced last season on ‘Arrow.’ The Detroit vigilante imbued with the animalistic powers of a sacred totem was well-received on the show and with The CW‘s Berlanti-verse, where all their superhero shows (The Flash, Supergirl, and the previously two mentioned), it is easy for the character to transition to this different series. Unfortunately, due to scheduling and potential upcoming film projects, the actress seen previously won’t be the one used in the time-traveling show.

The new Vixen set to join the crew of the Waverider will be a different version from a different time. Since Vixen’s powers derive from the totem which is passed down across generations, it would be simple to explain and justify the use of another from this incarnation’s lineage.

Echikunwoke spoke with while promoting the second season of The CW Seed’s Vixen series of animated shorts, where the actress explained that as much as she would love to reprise the role,

It’s all based on what the capacity for the CW is, what my availability is, it’s a lot of things,” said Echikunwoke. “And Vixen’s really special so they want to find the right space for her.”

Vixen animated


Echikunwoke, who just wrapped up filming of A&E’s Damien this past spring and is already has a film in the works, the sorority comedy Step Sisters with The Middle‘s Eden Sher and How to Get Away With Murder‘s Matt McGorry. She will continue to voice the character on the animated series.

The 33-year old went on in detailing just how significant the character is and how she found it “extremely rare” for a female, person of color, who is a superhero, to appear and make an impression on television.

I’m open to any type of development of Vixen in live-action,” she said. “I think the fans are there, and they deserve to have this character. They want this character. She’s really special, and an important part of the DC Universe, so I don’t see why she shouldn’t have the spotlight.”

As they say in the business, “Never say never.” There is always a chance for Megalyn to suit up again, perhaps even in a cameo capacity. She stills has a great and solid relationship with the studio and the network, so hopefully it happens sometime in the near future.

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