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5 reasons to get excited about The CW's new show, 'Vixen'

Next Tuesday, August 25, The CW is premiering its new animated series, Vixen. Vixen is a six-episode, 30-minute web series that introduces the superheroine Mari McCabe/Vixen to the world of The Flash and Arrow. DC Comics fans may be familiar with Mari McCabe, but for anyone who isn’t, here are five reasons to get excited about this powerful new heroine:

1. This is Vixen’s origin story

According to The CW’s official description of Vixen, Megalyn Echikunwoke is Mari McCabe, an orphan who discovers a powerful totem after the murder of her parents in Africa. The Tantu Totem allows Mari to access the power of animals, ranging from the superstrength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. Mari uses her powers to become the superheroine Vixen, to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.

2. Vixen will host characters from Arrow and The Flash

At least five actors from The Flash and Arrow will be featured on Vixen, including Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/The Arrow), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary), and Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon). These characters will be central to Mari’s story, which takes place during Arrow‘s third season. Barry and Oliver are very interested in Mari’s powers because she did not get them from the particle accelerator explosion.


3. Vixen will stream exclusively on CW Seed

Not only is Vixen The CW’s first animated superhero show, but it’s also the first DC Comics show to premier on CW Seed. CW Seed is an online steaming platform that hosts current episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, animated web series like Very Mallory, and seasons of past shows like Almost Human and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. You don’t need a cable subscription to access CW Seed; it’s free to watch and stream on computers and the CW Seed app.

4. Vixen’s powers introduce magic to the DC TV universe

In the same way that The Flash gave Arrow metahumans, Vixen will give both shows people powered by magic. Season one and season two of Arrow featured mainly tech- and strength-based characters. The Huntress, Count Vertigo, and even the Green Arrow himself all learned and developed their fighting skills and their weapons. There weren’t supernaturally powered people on Arrow until the particle accelerator exploded in Central City midway through season two. The explosion introduced scientifically transformed metahumans like The Flash, Peek-a-Boo, and Gorilla Grodd. Vixen is different in that her powers come from an African totem. She is not powered by science, but by an ancient magic.


5. Vixen has connections to the Justice League and the Suicide Squad

Vixen has a rich presence in DC Comics. According to Assembly of Geeks, which just posted a fantastic rundown of Vixen’s character, powers, and comic-book backstory, Mari regularly teams up with both the Justice League and the Suicide Squad. Knowing that the Suicide Squad has been featured in Arrow, it’s possible we may see Suicide Squad characters on Vixen, or a live-action Vixen on Arrow. Vixen is being co-written by Keto Shimizu, who worked on both Suicide Squad episodes of Arrow. To me, this means a Suicide Squad connection is always a possibility.

I hope this glimpse into the character of Vixen has piqued your interest in checking out the show! If you want to know more about her, you can find her in the comics and in previous animated DC Comics shows like Justice League Unlimited. Be sure to check back here for weekly recaps of Vixen, starting on Tuesday, August 25!

Vixen will be uploaded every Tuesday, starting August 25, on CW Seed.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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