It looks like DC's team of TV heroes is growing by one more: Vixen. According to KSiteTV CW a Vixen animated series which will debut this fall on its digital-only channel was announced by the CW at the Television Critics Association event Sunday. The project is being headed up by Arrow's Marc Guggenheim, and will reportedly be tied into the DC television continuity shared by Arrow and The Flash.
Originally created back in 1978 by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner, Vixen is primarily known as a team member of books like Justice League and Suicide Squad. In current comics continuity, she has been a member of both Justice League International and the main Justice League team. She's made several appearances in various DC animated shows, from Justice League Unlimited to Batman: The Brave and the Bold and even a cameo in Teen Titans Go!.
Guggenheim explained to CBR that the series is initially planned for six episodes, and will be set in Detroit as a homage to the Justice League in the 1980s. The writer/producer said Vixen will be an origin story with heavy magical elements, in constrast to Arrow being crime-based and The Flash being science-based. Arrow writers Brian Ford Sullivan and Keto Shimizu will be joining Guggenheim on Vixen, but said the voice-casting of the title character hasn't been finalized. Guggenheim did say that The Flash's Grant Gustin and Arrow's Stephen Amell would voice their own characters in the animated series.
Up and Atom?
In a related note, Deadline reports that CW head honcho Mark Pedowitz said the network is in "preliminary" discussions to expand the "Flash-Arrow universe" and that the network currently has two slots for new series in Fall 2015. And Greg Berlanti already has someone in mind: the Atom.
"The thing that we’ve been talking about is just how do we further expand the universe; and we love Brandon and we love having him on Arrow," Berlanti tells Nerdist. "Brandon’s so terrific and embodies the role so well that when we talk about how to further expand things, he’s a natural person to talk about."
When asked directly, Berlanti did confirm that he's part of "preliminary" talks about a spin-off series for Routh as the Atom. Currently however, they're still working out the costume design, revealing that Routh recently completed his third fitting for the costume.
Reverse-Flash's Identity Confirmed - But There Could Be More
December's midseason finale of The Flash revealed a connection between Dr. Harrison Wells and the Flash's arch-rival Reverse-Flash, but it didn't go out confirm they're one and the same -- but now they have. In a panel during the anual Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour event in Pasadena, Tom Cavanagh, who plays Dr. Wells, confirms his character is the Reverse-Flash.
"[Wells] is the man in the yellow suit," Cavanagh said, according to TV Guide.
What does it mean for the recently introduced character Eddie Thawne (played by Rock Cosnett), who shares a last name with the original Reverse-Flash in comics? He's not out of the running yet, pardon the pun.
"His name's not an accident," said Andrew Kreisberg during the panel. "Eddie's connection to the Reverse-Flash lore is going to pay off big time in the back half of the year.
iZOMBIE Is Alive With Debut Date & Trailer
Also at Sunday's Television Critics Association Event, the CW unveiled its launch plans for the live-action iZombie series. Based on the comic series by Chris Roberson and Mike Alred, the television adaptation will premiere on Tuesday, March 17 at 9pm EST -- previously the slot for the popular Supernatural series. At the TCA event, showrunner Rob Thomas said iZombie will be very different than the comic series.
"We didn't hue terribly close to the source material," Thomas is quoted by THR as saying. "In the comic, there's a whole monster universe … and we wanted to stay strictly zombie. We really needed a story engine. We wanted a case-of-the-week show. In the comic, the character is a grave digger. By making her an assistant medical examiner and putting her in the morgue, it gave us our case of the week that we wanted."
Thomas says that the series will be very different than the other zombie show on television, The Walking Dead, as the zombies have more personality and are themselves the main characters.
"The center of the show is a zombie you can fall in love with," Thomas said, referring to the main character Liv. "A zombie you want to date. We were calling the show ZILFs. It helped me a lot that Warm Bodies had made it out in the universe and there was an example of a zombie you fall in love with. It gave us the confidence to say a zombie can be a hero of our show."
Here's the trailer: