Yesterday, it was announced that The CW will be expanding the world of Arrow and The Flash with Vixen, an animated series that will stream on The CW Seed this fall. The spin-off will be overseen by Arrow writer and executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who has talked in detail with Comic Book Resources about what to expect. During the interview, Guggenheim reaffirms that Vixen, which will tell the origin of the former Justice League member, will be closely and cohesively linked to Arrow. “It’s a six-part origin story, but characters from Flash and Arrow are prominently involved. It’s in the continuity and the world. There’s actually a question I’ve been getting on Twitter a lot, “Is Oliver going to find out that Felicity kissed Barry?” That’s actually going to happen in the Vixen cartoon. Part of the fun is that close cohesion.”
Guggenheim then reveals that Vixen will be set in Detroit, and Arrow writers Keto Shimizu and Brian Ford Sullivan are on board the animated spin-off. He goes on to explain how the series will explore a corner of the CW DC Universe that was previously untouched. “…she represents magic, which is an area that we haven’t explored on either of the two shows just yet. One thing we’re always saying is, “Flash is very different from Arrow, Arrow is very different from Flash.” If Arrow is crime and The Flash is science, Vixen has a big magic component.”
Fans have been speculating that this animated series could pave the way for a live action Vixen show on The CW. Guggenheim had this to say about that possibility. “We always say “never say never,” and if the character resonates with people, that would be wonderful. I would love to be in a position where CW said to us, “Hey, we want a Vixen live-action show.” That’d be wonderful. We’ll have to sort of see how things play out. But our goal really is to produce the highest-quality animated series. We want people to come to this who don’t normally watch an animated show. We really want fans of The Flash and fans of Arrow to go to CW Seed. We really tried to approach it the same way we approach a pilot.” Finally, as for whether or not any actors from The Flash and Arrow will reprise their roles for Vixen, Guggenheim says, “It’s funny — a lot of the actors are just finding out. But the response has been very favorable and very cooperative. I can’t speak for them, but all signs are good.” Stay tuned for more news on Vixen as we have it.
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