Friday, July 19, 2013

ARROW Casts Caity Lotz as...Black Canary?

You know how some fans of the CW series Arrow wanted to see Katie Cassidy's character Laurel Lance take on her superhero identity Black Canary?  Well, Black Canary is finally appearing...only in a bit more complicated way.

The Wrap claims that actress Caity Lotz has been cast as Black Canary for the show's second season, with the character's real name as Dinah Drake.  As comics fans know, Dinah Drake (Lance) was the original Black Canary's identity in her Flash Comics #86 debut in 1947, until DC Comics expanded the character's history to include a daughter, Dinah Laurel Lance, who became Drake's successor as Black Canary and joined the Justice League of America and later the Birds of Prey.  The current "New 52" version of the character that debuted in 2011 is once again Dinah Drake Lance, with no daughter.

The article mentions that Black Canary will debut on Arrow in a recurring role at first, but is expected to develop into a regular love interest for Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen.  And of course, this probably means a bizarre love triangle involving Oliver, Dinah and Laurel.

Lotz has previously appeared as Annie in the movie The Pact, officer Kirsten Landry in the television series Death Valley, and as Stephanie in 2010 episodes of AMC's Mad Men.

The news follows on last week's casting of Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actress Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, Vice President of Acquisitions of Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated.

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