**Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.**
Vixen’s Mari McCabe’s story was introduced through the animated series on CW Seed the summer before she made her live-action debut on Arrow.
Now two seasons of the animated story has been put together to give fans of the CW Seed show, Vixen: The Movie. For those new to the story, Vixen: The Movie tells the origin story of Mari McCabe, an orphan who soon learns that the necklace she inherited as a child is much more than just a necklace. She finds that the necklace is actually a totem that allows her access to powers that any animal holds. From the point of discovery, Mari spends the movie trying to learn more about controlling her power while also trying to keep her city safe, with the help of a few familiar Arrowverse faces.
As someone who watched the show while it streamed over the two seasons, seeing those episodes put together helped the story flow a lot better because two-minute episodes per week for a story like Mari’s was just not enough. The story about her background, her relationship with her sister, and Mari’s work with the team worked better in this longer format and benefited from how seamless it was. The movie made me hopeful we’ll see more of Mari in the future in either animated or live-action form (this past season of Legends of Tomorrow introduced Mari’s grandmother, Amaya).
The Blu-ray also had a few interesting extras including some insight into the magic behind Mari’s story from one of the executive producers, Marc Guggenheim, and other cast and crew as well as episodes of Justice League Unlimited as chosen by Bruce Timm.
Vixen: The Movie is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD!