The First Look At The CW's New Live Action Vixen Is Magical

Legends of Tomorrow set itself apart from the other DC TV shows on The CW by amassing a large ensemble of main characters. The ensemble will be getting magical in Season 2 thanks to one of the new superheroes who will join Rip Hunter and Co. in the Waverider. Legends of Tomorrow will introduce its own incarnation of Vixen, and the first look indicates that she'll be pretty awesome. Check it out:

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Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim posted the first look of Maisie Richardson-Sellers as the new Vixen on his Twitter account, and it's definitely a reason for fans to get excited about what's coming in Season 2. Legends is introducing a whole slew of new characters, but Vixen has been one of the most curious due to the fact that a different version of the character has already appeared in The CW's DC universe. The first Vixen was Mari McCabe, who possessed the power to channel and mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth. As long as she has her totem necklace, she can magically fight crime to her heart's delight.

Mari was voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke for her debut in a CW Seed animated series. The actress then made the jump to live action when Mari appeared in a key episode of Arrow Season 4. As it happens, however, the live action version of Vixen who will be a regular on Legends of Tomorrow will not involve Echikunwoke. In fact, the new Vixen won't even be Mari McCabe. Instead, the Legends Vixen will be Mari's grandmother Amaya Jiwe. Amaya wielded the same totem that gives modern Mari her powers, so it should be interesting to see if and how the grandmother's magical methods differ from her granddaughter's.

The first look at Legends of Tomorrow's Vixen is proof enough that Maisie Richardson-Sellers should at least embody her character well. It's too soon to say how Richardson-Sellers will compare to Megalyn Echikunwoke when it comes to bringing the Vixen superhero identity to live action. Vixen's powers will require an awful lot of special effects, so Richardson-Sellers may have to do a lot of acting against nothing for her fight sequences.

Vixen's unique abilities may be exactly what the Legends will need to endure in Season 2. Some very bad guys will be joining forces to form the Legion of Doom, which will involve Malcolm Merlyn and Damien Darhk of Arrow as well as a villainous past version of Captain Cold and Reverse Flash of The Flash. Magic could be exactly the thing to help the good guys hold their own against the Legion.

Unfortunately, we still have a while to wait until Season 2 premieres on Thursday, October 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Check out our breakdown of what we know so far about Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, and don't forget to take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.