Ahead of The CW’s session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday, the network released a first-look poster for “Legends of Tomorrow’s” Vixen, a.k.a. Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers).
Although Richardson-Sellers’ Amaya looks closely similar to that of Megalyn Echikunwoke’s live-action incarnation of Mari McCabe, the two Vixens couldn’t be more different from one another. For one, Amaya — who is actually Mari’s grandmother — is a member of the Justice Society of America, a group of superheroes that was introduced at the end of the Season 1 finale of the “Arrow” – “The Flash” offshoot.
During a group interview at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, Richardson-Sellers revealed to TVLine that viewers will first meet her character “in a different time period, 1940s."
"[The Legends and I] kind of collide there,” she said. “And I’m with a different group. I’m with the Justice Society of America.”
The official character description for Amaya, however, revealed that she will board the Waverider and join the Legends in their mission to stop a new mysterious threat. Like her granddaughter Mari, Amaya's powers are also derived from the Tantu Totem, which allows her to magically access the abilities of animals.
TV Insider reported last June that the show decided to introduce a version of Vixen from an earlier point in time because Echikunwoke was not available to reprise her role as Mari. The 33-year-old actress, who wrapped up A&E's "Damien" this spring, is already working on the sorority comedy film "Step Sisters” in Atlanta.
Although Echikunwoke won't be appearing on "Legends of Tomorrow" as Vixen, the actress will continue to lend her voice to the character in the CW Seed animated series of the same name.
"Legends of Tomorrow" Season 2 will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW.