'Arrow' Creators Offer SPOILERS on The Black Canary
Even more exciting news coming from a big-time CW conference today at the TCA: big time spoilers for the second season of 'Arrow' follow, turn back if you would like to be surprised!
Ever since The CW launched 'Arrow,' the high-octane adaptation of the DC Comics superhero series 'Green Arrow,' comic fans have been wondering when we'd see an appearance from Black Canary, Green Arrow's love interest and fellow crime-fighter. With the beautiful Katie Cassidy starring in 'Arrow' as Laurel Lance (Black Canary's alias in the comics), fans believed it was only a matter of time until Laurel and Oliver Queen teamed up to take on the dregs of Starling City, side by side. However the producers of 'Arrow' had a twist in mind when they announced that Black Canary would be played by Caity Lotz ('Death Valley,' 'The Pact') and she would not, in fact, be Laurel Lance at all. Fans speculated that this would in fact be the Golden Age version of the Black Canary, Dinah Drake, behind the mask... but it would seem there is more of a connection to this character with Oliver Queen that we would have expected:
The Black Canary is going to be Laurel's sister, presumed to have died on Oliver's sunken yacht.
"I hope [Black Canary] brings a certain amount of conflict since she's playing the sister of Laurel Lance," Mark Pedowitz spilled this morning at TCA. But then, Pedowitz actually muddied the waters of what fans believed they had already figured out, casting aspersions as to whether or not Lotz' character will actually be The Black Canary or another crimefighter altogether. "It's an origin story," Pedowitz continued, "I don't know if this character is the Black Canary or not the Black Canary, so it is in origin story. But remember Laurel Lance was the Black Canary in the DC universe."
The character is slated as a recurring on 'Arrow,' meaning a long-term arc is in store for Lotz. There has been some speculation on how the series will handle Black Canary's classic high-pitched scream, which she uses to disable opponents; considering the strict "no super powers" rule of 'Arrow's world, they will have to modify it to some sort of technological assistance. Now, with recent news that 'Flash' will be spinning out of 'Arrow's universe, it's possible that we may see superpowers in Starling City after all.
Check out the first peek at Lotz' mysterious crimefighter at the end of the 'Arrow' season 2 trailer below!