Megalyn Echikunwoke Vixen
Portrait: Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock; Vixen: Courtesy of CW

The CW has released the first look at Megalyn Echikunwoke as Mari McCabe (aka DC Comics heroine Vixen) ahead of her upcoming appearance on “Arrow.”

E.K. will make her live-action debut in episode 415 of the superhero series, after voicing the character in her own animated digital series, “Vixen,” which streams on CW Seed and was recently renewed for a second season.

“Arrow’s” Stephen Amell and “The Flash” star Grant Gustin have both lent their voices to the animated series, and “Vixen” is executive produced by the team behind those two hit shows (and their midseason spinoff “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” premiering Jan. 21), Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.

Originally from Africa, Mari’s parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals — anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights to protect the world from the threats like those that claimed her family.

Vixen is the first female superhero of color to headline her own show, albeit in animated form, and during a recent discussion about diversity at The CW’s presentation for the Television Critics Association winter press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz floated the possibility that the character had the potential to “spin itself out” into a live-action series, or, “if not, join as one of the ‘Legends.'”

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Episode 415 is tentatively scheduled to air on Feb. 24.

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