December 2017
The Ray
Season 1
Launches on CW Seed

Early 2018
Season 1
Launches on CW Seed


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Vixen Season 1 - Vixen Season 2 - Vixen: The Movie - Freedom Fighters: The Ray - Constantine - Vixen Season 3

Vixen Season 1

  • January 11, 2015: A Vixen animated series will debut in Fall 2015 on The CW Seed, the CW's online digital platform. "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim is overseeing development of the project and the series will be set in the same world as CW's "Arrow" and "The Flash" live-action series. Arrow and The Flash will feature into the series, as well. Two promotional art by Phil Bourassa was also released. One featured Vixen with Arrow and The Flash. KSite Article
  • January 12, 2015: Interview with Guggenheim. Will be a six part origin story. Flash and Arrow are prominently involved. Oliver will find out Felicity kissed Barry Allen. Show will have a magic component much like "Arrow" is crime and "Flash" is science. Keto Shimizu and Brian Ford Sullivan are two writers. Expect easter eggs and nods. Is approached like it is a pilot. Signs are good Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin will voice their respective characters. CBR Article
  • February 1, 2015: Marc Guggenheim revealed the series will be set in Detroit, in part as a nod to the 1980s Justice League team Vixen was a part of in the comics. Assignment X Article
  • March 6, 2015: During the Long Beach Comic Con last weekend, Marc Guggenheim revealed voice recording is about to start. The tone of "Vixen" will be closer to "Flash" than "Arrow". Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin confirmed. CBR Article
  • June 10, 2015: Vixen will be presented at the Warner Bros. Television & DC Entertainment Presents Super Hero Saturday Night on July 11 at San Diego Comic Con. CBR Article
  • June 11, 2015: The Warner Bros. Television & DC Entertainment Presents Super Hero Saturday Night on July 11 will be at Hall H from 8 to 11 pm. CBM Article
  • June 23, 2015: Vixen will debut later this summer. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr
  • June 27, 2015: Synopsis posted. Emily Bett Rickards and Carlos Valdes will reprise their roles of Felicity Smoak and Cisco Ramon respectively. kSite Article
  • June 29, 2015: Vixen will be featured on San Diego Comic Con 2015 tote bags. Designs of Vixen, Flash, and Arrow are updated. CBR Article
  • July 1, 2015: Vixen is voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke. Each episode is 5 minutes. The series is essentially a coming a age story. Vixen Varsity Article
  • July 8, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Vixen close up. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 8, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Arrow and Flash close up. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 8, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts group art of Vixen, Arrow, and Flash. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 9, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Arrow close up. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 9, 2015: Teaser for San Diego Comic Con has Vixen logo. CW Seed Tweet
  • July 11, 2015: 57 second teaser reel released. Debuts August 25. CW Arrow Tweet
  • July 12, 2015: James Tucker confirms he is a producer and director and is currently involved in the editing process. Tucker FB Post via TZ
  • July 14, 2015: James Tucker confirms each episode is five minutes in length. James Tucker Tweet
  • July 14, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts promo art he did with background painter Bill Dunn for San Diego Comic Con. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 14, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts close up of Vixen in promo art for San Diego Comic Con. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 18, 2015: Marc Guggenheim reveals Vixen takes place circa Arrow season three episode 16. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr
  • July 23, 2015: Marc Guggenheim talks more about timeframe of Vixen. It takes place around Arrow season three episode 15 or 16. Series was written during shooting of Arrow season three episode 14. It's definitely before Oliver Queen goes off to the League of Assassins. CB Interview
  • July 27, 2015: James Tucker and Wes Gleason did an ADR recording session with Megalyn Echikunwoke. James Tucker Tweet
  • July 29, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Vixen art. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • July 30, 2015: Early Vixen art posted. CW Seed Tweet
  • August 4, 2015: Early and finished Arrow art posted. CW Arrow Tweet
  • August 11, 2015: Vixen teaser image posted. CW Seed Tweet
  • August 14, 2015: Early and finished Flash art posted. CW Flash Tweet
  • August 17, 2015: Anika Noni Rose will voice on the characters. Anika Noni Rose Tweet
  • August 18, 2015: Vixen teaser image posted. CW Seed Tweet
  • August 18, 2015: Arrow and Flash are interested in Vixen's powers because they weren't from the particle accelerator incident. EW Community Article
  • August 20, 2015: S.T.A.R. Labs teaser image posted. CW Seed Tweet
  • August 21, 2015: 45 second featurette with new footage and Marc Guggenheim. In the first episode, Mari will be using her powers as Vixen while being chased by Arrow and Flash then flashback to a few days earlier when she's in jail. CW Seed YouTube
  • August 21, 2015: 2 minute featurette with new footage and scenes with Marc Guggenheim, James Tucker, Phil Bourassa, and Peter Girardi. Mari is a frustrated student with identity issues. She feels she doesn't belong and wants to find her family and heritage. Mari quotes one of Arrow's famous lines. Flash will be seen unmasked. CW Seed YouTube
  • August 25, 2015: 35 second trailer for Episode 2. CW Seed YouTube
  • August 25, 2015: Interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke. CB Article
  • August 25, 2015: Interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke. TMS Article
  • August 26, 2015: Interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke. CBR Article
  • August 28, 2015: 57 second featurette for Episode 2. Marc Guggenheim reveals it will reveal when Mari discovers her powers. She will meet Professor Macalester, who may or may not be a love interest. CW Seed YouTube
  • August 28, 2015: 1 minute 39 second featurette about designing Vixen with Phil Bourassa, James Tucker, and Megalyn Echikunwoke. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 1, 2015: 35 second trailer for Episode 3. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 1, 2015: 1 minute 5 second featurette for Episode 3 with James Tucker and Marc Guggenheim. Mari shows her powers to Chuck. Cisco will debut and names Mari "Vixen." CW Seed YouTube
  • September 2, 2015: 1 minute 18 second interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 8, 2015: 1 minute 30 second featurette about animated Arrow and Flash with Marc Guggenheim, James Tucker, and Phil Bourassa. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 10, 2015: 35 second trailer for Episode 4. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 15, 2015: 35 second trailer for Episode 5. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 15, 2015: Interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke. DC Comics Blog
  • September 18, 2015: 54 second featurette for Episode 5 Marc Guggenheim. It is a pivotal episode where she gets the answers she's been looking for. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 22, 2015: 35 second trailer for Episode 6. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 30, 2015: 0:53 second Inside Episode 6 with James Tucker and Marc Guggenheim. CW Seed YouTube
  • September 30, 2015: 1:07 featurette on animating animal abilities with Peter Girardi and James Tucker. CW Seed YouTube
  • November 17, 2015: Vixen is now available to stream through Roku on the CW Seed channel. Roku Blog Article
  • December 19, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Flash model sheet. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • December 19, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Arrow model sheet. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • December 20, 2015: Phil Bourassa posts Arrow close up and head turns. Phil Bourassa instagram

    Vixen Season 2

  • September 1, 2015: CW is "incredibly amenable" to a season two happening. It mostly depends on numbers and a function of how it drives people to Flash and Arrow. Decider Article
  • January 10, 2016: Vixen has been renewed for a second season. Deadline Article
  • January 10, 2016: CW President Mark Pedowtiz said season two will likely have 6 or 7 episodes. Pedowtiz admits he regretted not airing a half hour special comprised of an edited-together version of season one on the CW network. He hopes to rectify that by doing so with season two. He also hopes for a live action spin-off and/or join the "Legends of Tomorrow" cast. IGN Article
  • March 22, 2016: Recording on season two begins. Megalyn Tweet
  • April 4, 2016: Katie Cassidy will reprise role of Laurel Lance for season two. EW Article
  • July 20, 2016: In season two, Vixen will expand her sense of obligation beyond Detroit in keeping with her acknowledgment of there being a bigger world out there. Vixen will pay Arrow and Flash a visit. In addition to Black Canary, she will also meet Firestorm and Atom. CBR Article
  • July 21, 2016: Season two is titled "Trial by Fire" and will be six episodes. It is produced again by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, and scripted by returning screenwriter Lauren Certo, with Nolan Dunbar and Sarah Tarkoff. Den of Geek Article
  • July 23, 2016: 2:01 teaser shows Flash, Firestorm, and Vixen taking on Weather Wizard. CW Seed Tweet
  • July 24, 2016: It was reported Franz Drameh and Victor Garber would reprise the role of Firestorm. Screen Crush Article
  • August 8, 2016: DC All Access red carpet Q&A with Megalyn Echikunwoke. DC Tweet
  • September 12, 2016: October 14 reported as the start date for season 2. CBR Article
  • September 12, 2016: CW disavows October 14 start date but affirms season 2 will start soon. CW Tweet
  • October 3, 2016: Season 2 starts on October 13. Regular premieres will be on Fridays. TV Insider Article
  • October 13, 2016: 45 second season 2 trailer. CW Seed YouTube
  • October 13, 2016: First Inside Season 2. Marc Guggenheim talks about theme of season 2 and first looks at designs for Felicity, Black Canary and Atom. CW Seed YouTube
  • October 20, 2016: Inside Episode 2. Marc Guggenheim talks about expanding on the history of the totems. CW Seed YouTube
  • October 26, 2016: Felicity character models posted. CW Seed Tweet
  • October 28, 2016: Inside Episode 3. Marc Guggenheim talks about season 2 as a sequel. CW Seed YouTube
  • November 4, 2016: Inside Episode 4. Marc Guggenheim talks about how episode 4 is a heist story in Star City with Felicity helping Vixen and Kuasa. Guggenheim recalls Felicity was the most requested character to be animated. He talks about how the Arrow actors were game to voice their characters and sent them the character designs as soon as they arrived. CW Seed YouTube
  • November 11, 2016: Inside Episode 5. Marc Guggenheim talks about the big showdown. CW Seed YouTube
  • November 18, 2016: Inside Episode 6. Marc Guggenheim talks about Vixen's growth this season. CW Seed YouTube

    Vixen: The Movie

  • July 21, 2016: Report of a bonus episode on DVD. Den of Geek Article
  • October 10, 2016: There is a forthcoming announcement of distribution of Vixen beyond CW Seed. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr
  • February 23, 2017: "Vixen: The Movie" combines season one and two with 15 minutes of additional footage. It will release on on Digital HD on May 8, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD on May 23, 2017 for $19.98 and $18.94 SRP respectively. Special features include a new featurette "Vixen: Spirit Animal" and Bruce Timm's Top Picks: "Hunter's Moon" and "Grudge Match" from Justice League Unlimited. The Blu-ray will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1 and will include a digital HD copy. The runtime is approximately 75 minutes and enhanced content is approximately 53 minutes. WF Article
  • May 18, 2017: Clip from new material in Vixen: The Movie. Blastr Article
  • May 23, 2017: Gary Miereanu posts still from Vixen: The Movie. Gary Miereanu Tweet
  • August 24, 2017: Vixen: The Movie airs on The CW on August 30 from 8 to 10 pm eastern and will feature Tiffany Smith hosting a Q&A. CW Seed Tweet
  • September 10, 2017: Phil Bourassa posts art used for cover of Vixen: The Movie release. Drawn in 2016. Bill Dunn did the background paint and Chris Copeland was layout assistant. Phil Bourassa instagram

    Freedom Fighters: The Ray

  • August 11, 2016: CW Seed, in collaboration with Blue Ribbon Content, will release a second online animated series - Freedom Fighters: The Ray - in 2017. It is inspired by Grant Morrision's recent update of the character in his Multiversity series. As such, he will be the first gay superhero to lead a show. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will be executive producers. Raymond "Ray" Terrill back story and info included in press release. Art previews the Ray and other Freedom Fighters in the background. CW TV PR Article
  • August 11, 2016: Like Vixen, The Ray will take place in the same continuity as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. TV Guide Tweet
  • August 11, 2016: CW President Mark Pedowitz confirms they are casting the role of the Ray with the same mindset of Vixen, someone who could appear also in any of the live action series. IGN Article
  • August 11, 2016: Phil Bourassa posts art of the Ray seen in PR. Phil Bourassa instagram
  • December 7, 2016: Marc Guggenheim reports the outline is finished and his writing staff is assembled. He hints The Ray will be written a different way than Vixen was and is a bit more "ambitious." He also hints it will tie into an upcoming announcement about Vixen. Some characters from the greater Arrowverse will appear in "ways you never saw them before." Collider Article
  • May 8, 2017: Marc Guggenheim reveals Vixen will be a part of this series and Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice her. Marc Guggenheim Tweet
  • May 9, 2017: Marc Guggenheim reveals the crew is currently working on it. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr
  • May 11, 2017: Marc Guggenheim reveals most of the voice recording is done and animatics are currently being worked on. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr
  • July 14, 2017: One of the San Diego Comic Con bags will feature the Ray. CBR Article
  • July 21, 2017: Footage from San Diego Comic Con preview night reveals the show takes place in a parallel universe where the Nazi Party won World War II. The Freedom Fighters are liberty's last line of defense on a planet with little to spare. Futuristic Nazis carry around swastika banners. The Freedom Fighters battle a team working for the Nazis consisting of Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl. Den of Geek Article
  • July 22, 2017: 3 minute trailer released. CW Tweet
  • July 26, 2017: The Ray releases this Fall. The team of evil counterparts of Arrow, Flash and Supergirl is called the Reichsmen. Stephen Amell will voice the Arrow equivalent, Grant Gustin as The Flash equivalent, and Melissa Benoist will tackle Supergirl's evil doppelganger. The Ray's personal reason for fighting the Nazis is because being gay marks him for death. Word of the Nerd Online Article
  • July 27, 2017: Phil Bourassa estimates the shorts will be collected into a 70 minute movie. Phil Bourassa instagram reply
  • August 30, 2017:Guggenheim describes the series as "a classic story about a normal guy who gets superpowers, with all the complications and wish fulfillment that entails." The Ray will have a love interest too, but, "in true superheroic fashion, his obligations are a complication for his love life." They wanted to honor Grant Morrison's Multiversity where the Freedom Fighters are made up of various minorities targeted by Nazis - women, gay men, Jews. At the same time, it's an origin story about The Ray. The Earth-X version of Supergirl confirmed to be Overgirl and will be voiced by Melissa Benoist. There will still be some lighthearted superheroic fun and guest appearances by Cisco, Mr. Terrific and Vixen. TV Insider Article
  • September 22, 2017: Russell Tovey will voice The Ray and later debut in live action in this upcoming season's CW crossever event. Character description for Ray included and confirms origin as a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. The project head exposes him to their genetic light bomb but gains light-based powers instead of being killed. He decides to use his powers to go beyond reporting injustices and ends up getting recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters. TV Line Article
  • October 16, 2017: New promo poster released with a first look at Vibe and better look at Doll Man. The series will begin airing in early December. TV Insider Article


  • January 8, 2017: CW announces a Constantine animated series for CW Seed. Matt Ryan will reprise the role. There will be 5 or 6 episodes that are about 10 minutes in length. It will be canon to the Arrowverse. Comic Book Article
  • January 8, 2017: Series will be produced by Greg Berlanti. Berlanti and David Goyer just started working on it. Berlanti was informed of it on Friday, January 6. Poster released. IGN Article
  • October 6, 2017: There will be a three minute sneak peek of Constantine on October 8 at the beginning of Warner Bros. Television panel in the Hammerstein Ballroom at 2:00 pm EST. New synopsis and poster released. Also executive produced by Sarah Schechter, premieres on CW Seed in early 2018, produced by Butch Lukic, written by J.M. DeMatteis, and directed by Doug Murphy. CBR Article
  • October 8, 2017: Three minute first look posted. CBR Article
  • October 8, 2017: J.M. DeMatteis confirms the series will not tie up loose ends from the live action series and is a stand alone story. J.M. DeMatteis Tweet

    Vixen Season 3

  • May 9, 2017: Marc Guggenheim states season 3 is a "possibility" but will take stock after work on Freedom Fighters is done. Marc Guggenheim Tumblr