CW Renews FLASH, ARROW and Announces Animated VIXEN

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CW president Mark Pedowitz was front and center for his network’s presentation at TCA Sunday, and his news should come as no surprise: Arrow and The Flash have both been given another season.

When asked if the CW was developing a spinoff involving Ray Palmer’s Atom, Arrow and The Flash exec producer Greg Berlanti told reporters that they’re in “very early talks on a very general idea.” This is in addition to continued speculation that Robbie Amell’s Firestorm is being set up for a spinoff as well.

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Firestorm’s harness was present as well, in a display of costumes from both shows. While some remain unimpressed with the design, it should be noted that it’s a first design, and that Amell has been wearing other outfits with the harness. Likely, it’s something Cisco develops to help Ronnie Raymond control his power a little better.

Pedowitz also threw a curve ball when he also announced Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim will develop and executive produce an animated Vixen to debut on the CWs’ online network, CW Seed, this fall.

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Vixen will be set in the same universe as Arrow and The Flash (and presumably, Supergirl), and it appears Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin will lend their voices to the project as their respective characters. Does that also mean there’s a possibility that Vixen could show up in live-action form?

Created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner in 1981, Vixen first appeared in Action Comics #521. She has been a member of various groups — Birds of Prey, the Suicide Squad, and the Justice League — and has been featured in several graphic novels and animated projects in recent years. Originally from Africa, Mari Jiwe McCabe is in possession of a mystical Tantu totem that magically gives her the skills and abilities of animals.

Pedowitz also commented that he’s looking at ways to expand the universe of Arrow and The Flash, but didn’t go into detail. Likely, those plans include Firestorm, The Atom, and perhaps Hourman.

Sadly, your humble reporter still has not received an invite to pitch Zatanna

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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