The CW’s Arrow Casts Caity Lotz as Its Black Canary

Update: Since this story first appeared, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke with TV guide to clear up some misunderstandings. As it stands, Lotz has joined the cast but apparently will not be playing Dinah Drake. Read on for his quotes about the character’s role in season 2 which cause more questions than answers.

“There’s been a bit of misinformation printed out there and what I would say is, yes, Caity Lotz is joining the show in a recurring role and we’re really excited. She’s a tremendously talented actress. The character she’s playing is really the beginning of the story of the Black Canary.”

“The character that Caity is portraying is the beginning of the Black Canary story and we’re really excited for the fans to go on the journey with us. So much of our show is about defying expectations, meeting expectations and exceeding expectations, and we really want our fans to experience the show by watching it and enjoying it and enjoying all the twists and turns and surprises the way we intend.”
 
“Everything about our show is about origins and evolution,” he says. “When we met Deathstroke, everyone automatically assumed it was Slade Wilson [Manu Bennett] in the mask, but then we revealed we met Slade Wilson later. With Tommy [Colin Donnell], we thought that that was Merlyn, but Tommy was really the beginning of the Merlyn story because we saw how it evolved to John Barrowman and beyond. Oliver [Stephen Amell] himself, when we first meet him, he’s not the Green Arrow yet. The series itself is an evolution of this character.”

The original story follows….

Ever since The CW’s Arrow began last year, fans have wondered when series regular Katie Cassidy, who plays Laurel Lance, would make the transition to “Black Canary” (her longtime superhero alias in the source material.) Well, good news and bad news gang, which do you want first?

Good news: According to The Wrap, Black Canary will be joining season 2 of Arrow! Bad news: It won’t be Laurel Lance. 

Instead, the show’s producers have decided on bringing in the “golden age” version of the character and have cast The Pact’s Caity Lotz as Dinah Drake.

The character will start the season as recurring one but will eventually make the transition to series regular as she is being groomed to become another love interest for Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen. No word on whether the character will feature her trademark high-pitched scream, but given the “no super powers” rule of the world it seems unlikely.

The inclusion of Dinah Drake makes the rumors that series regular Colton Haynes started a few months ago even more interesting, when he teased that “they might form a team.”

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