Could Vixen be the next DC Comics character that the Berlanti-verse will spin-off?
During Wednesday’s episode of Arrow, Megalyn E.K. made her live-action debut as Mari McCabe, otherwise known as the superheroine Vixen, whom the actress voices in the animated Arrow-Flash spin-off of the same name. (Watch the first season here.)
Vixen, who can tap into the powers of animals thanks to her family’s Tantu Totem, made quite an impression, with fans having mostly positive reactions and calling for the hero to have her own show. Wednesday night’s outing also drew 2.7 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo, a slight uptick over last week.
With that in mind, it seems Vixen could be a prime candidate to topline her own live-action show, though the powers that be don’t have specific plans as of yet. “I think this year, we’re taking it easy and seeing what happens,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, referencing the fact that the Berlanti-verse already has four super series across two networks.
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Typically, the Berlanti-verse brain trust are looking into new characters to spin-off a little earlier this this — Wednesday night was the 15th installment of the season. Arrow’s eighth episode in season 2 introduced Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), and its eighth episode this season dovetailed into DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. (The first big crossover between Arrow and The Flash also took place in their respective eighth episodes in 2014.)
Still, “I think anyone who appears anywhere on any of these shows has the potential to be more if there’s a demand for it from the studio and the network, and certainly the biggest demanders would be the audience,” Kreisberg says. “That’s why we try to cast these parts almost in a way as potential series leads or series regulars. That’s why even when we did the cartoon version of Vixen that we got someone like Megalyn, who we knew had the potential to portray her in live action as opposed to just finding some random guest voice actor.”
That sentiment echoes what CW boss Mark Pedowitz said at the recent Television Critics Association’s press tour: “Hopefully that character could actually spin itself out; if not, imaybe join as one of the Legends,” Pedowitz said.
Should Vixen get her own series, she would join the very few female-led superhero shows in production, including Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Supergirl and, to an extent, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Arrow returns Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.