Vixen: The Movie
review Bobby Blakey
The DC Comics TV Universe on The CW network has been knocking it out of the park. Before she made an appearance on the series Arrow actress Megalyn Echikunwoke leant her voice as the DC character Vixen in the animated web series on the streaming platform CW Seed along with other familiar voices joining her including Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Katie Cassidy (Black Canary), Victor Garber (Martin Stein) & Franz Drahmeh (Jax) collectively as Firestorm, and Brandon Routh (The Atom), reprising their roles from Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Now they have put the first two seasons of the show together into one animated feature film that includes all new footage that fans can bring home.
Vixen: The Movie follows Mari McCabe who grew up an orphan originally from Africa after her parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family. This film falls right in line with the other DC animated films, but the added connection to the CW live action series it stands out all the more. The animation is great here and offers up a great take on the characters that have their own look, but hints of the TV counterpart. There are two stories here that they have meshed together perfectly and the new footage really makes it flow more so than it would have otherwise. While this entry can stand on its own, it serves as a great companion for anyone that are fans of the CW shows.
This release will not only feature this newly crafted film, but also a brand new featurette and two Vixen-focused episodes of Justice League Unlimited available now on Digital HD and then Blu-ray and DVD on May 23rd from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.