Admittedly, I’m only doing this because I’m pretty sure everyone else has forgotten Vixen even exists. (Even Yahoo deleted my review of the first season! You can find another copy on my blog here, though.)
Still, I do think it’s worthwhile to talk about Vixen, if only because she’s the only WOC superhero that gets… if not her own television show, something that resembles one. And I mean, in a way, the existence of this show is the reason why we got Vixen on Arrow, and why we’re sort of getting Vixen on Legends of Tomorrow. So, as it goes, Vixen is kind of cool and all. (Besides, if there’s more buzz surrounding the actual show, that’s likely to have something of a knock-on effect, with the potential for more live action appearances in future.)
It’s nice, I guess, to see further tie-ins to the wider DC TV universe in this clip, with both Flash and Firestorm showing up to help take down Weather Wizard. I’m wary, though, of the possibility for Vixen to be overshadowed in her own programme; both Ray Palmer and Laurel Lance are going to be in subsequent episodes of Vixen, and while there is something nice about that, there remains a fairly limited amount of screentime for this show, and I wouldn’t want our TV show stars to take too much time away from a character who doesn’t really get a lot of time anyway.
This clip does also remind me of the limitations of Vixen too, of course; there’s the fact that it’s quite a short program (the above is, I imagine, about half an episode’s worth of content) but also that animation is a very… specific medium, which requires a different approach to television. It’s immediately clear with the voice acting, for example; Victor Garber is (perhaps literally) phoning his performance in, and I’m not overly impressed by Grant there either. Neither are bad actors, but voice acting is a very different skill from “normal” acting. The actual animation itself isn’t bad – a nice art style, with good representations of each character – but I’m still just a little worried about how well the show can handle emotional content, and whether or not it’ll overreach itself somewhat, in the same fashion as last year.
Still! Vixen was an entertaining enough way to spend half an hour last year, soI’ve little doubt they should be able to replicate that again this go around.