We heard of DC and The CW is planning a animated web series called Vixen, which is going to be a spinoff of Cw’s Arrow & Flash and is slated to air later this year. Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of Arrow and will also be the EP of Vixen, had a few things to say about the animated project.
“We’re going to do basically an animated spinoff…/It’s a six-part origin story, but characters from The 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, which is, ‘Is Oliver going to find out that Felicity kissed Barry?’ That’s actually going to happen in the Vixen cartoon.
“And Vixen…is such a great character. She represents magic, which is an area that we haven’t explored yet. One thing we’re always saying is Flash is very different from Arrow, and Arrow is very different from Flash. If Arrow is crime and The Flash is science, Vixen has a big magic component.”
“One of the things we can do in animation is really push the envelope in a way that we can’t on the two shows, so there’s a much larger production value. We’re taking advantage of the form. That’s the other reason to do it.”
In regards to Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell providing the voices of Flash and Arrow on the Vixen series he said:
“The response has been very favourable….I can’t speak for them, but all signs are good.”
He also talked about the potential for live action version of vixen:
“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.’ We’ll have to see how things play out.”
The character of Vixen was created for DC Comic in the Seventies by writer Gerry Conway and artist Bob Oksner, and made her debute in Action Comics #521. Gerry Conway describes his character as:
“I wanted to create a black female superhero for DC…….I felt that was an area that was under-served – obviously there was none. It wasn’t really being served at Marvel, either. They had Storm, but she wasn’t a lead in her own book. I wanted her to be of African descent, not someone who’s stigmatised. This is going to sound really bad, because I recognised the struggles that black Americans were going through, but I didn’t want the book to necessarily be about that, because I thought that would be condescending. It would be misrepresentative while being representative, in a weird sort of way. I wanted to be aspirational and empowering without being about the struggle of being accepted.”
“I wanted her to be someone who was accepted from the get go….So in my naïve, white male privileged view of things, that’s what was motivating me. I thought it would be kind of cool to play on the African heritage, play on what was going on in Africa at the time, and use that as my way into the character and the story I wanted to tell.”