Arrow has a bit of a problem when staying faithful to its source material, and nothing exemplifies this better than the character of #BlackCanary. When Laurel Lance took on the mantle and really grew into her superhero role, we thought we had gotten the best and most comic-book accurate version of the character, even after her sister Sarah's stellar performance. Unfortunately, Laurel was abruptly killed off in Season 4, leaving a canary-sized hole in our hearts.
While her death was hard to digest, the showrunners introduced a new character, Dinah Drake, initially named Tina Boland. At the time of her introduction, it was a little hard to predict that she would have anything to do with the Black Canary legacy, but as Season 5 progressed, we discovered that Drake was meant to take on the (at this point) unlucky mantle.
Now, The CW has released a new synopsis for their upcoming episode, "Sin-Eater" and with it, a batch of pictures that finally give us our first look at Dinah Drake in costume as the new Black Canary. Take a look at the synopsis:
"CHINA WHITE, CUPID AND LIZA WARNER BREAK OUT OF PRISON — China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the ACU intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk. Mary Lambert directed the episode written by Barbara Bloom & Jenny Lynn."
Now, what we're all here for. The pictures:
Her outfit is still evolving, much like what happened with the Green Arrow and Black Canary suits. However, there are already quite a few distinguishable details. For starters, the signature domino mask:
As you can see, the mask is very reminiscent of Sarah Lance's, with the broad nose and straight lines, compared to Laurel's more organic design:
The black leather jacket, gloves and staff also tease what's to come in regard to her future costume. As the synopsis promises, Team Arrow will encounter heavy opposition from Star City's Sirens, consisting of China White, Cupid, and Liza Warner. And we got a look at Black Canary having some trouble with the villainous team:
I have to say, it's surprising to see how quickly she's becoming a full-time member of Team Arrow, especially when last episode showed her reluctantly joining the ranks. But by the pictures, it seems there's already a lot of teamwork involved.
Now let's tackle the elephant in the room: There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the fact that Drake will take Laurel's place as the Canary, and her addition hasn't been exactly well-received by fans. Marc Guggenheim recently talked about the character and her place in the story:
“She’s like Oliver, has lost somebody and is hellbent for revenge. She is an amazing fighter. She has a lot of skills, and she’s very much a peer of Oliver, so they have an instant connection since they’ve both been through a version of hell. It’s ultimately him that’s going to show her a different way to do this — a different way to get revenge than just killing people.”
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That statement surely hints that Drake will become an important piece of the show. Plus, the fact that in the #comicbooks, Dinah Drake is the original Black Canary and that she possesses a natural sonic scream (courtesy of Harrison Wells and his particle accelerator) is further evidence that the character is here to stay.
But that shouldn't be cause for concern for fans, because her situation could be similar to that of Laurel Lance: In the beginning, she wasn't a popular character, but became a fan-favorite after the show took its time to explore her.