Warning: This article contains major spoilers of the Arrow Season 5 Premiere.
One of the most anticipated scenes in Arrow's Season 5 premiere was the reveal of Laurel Lance's final message to Oliver. Many were hoping to see that they really faked her death and that she was secretly alive this whole time. However, that didn't happen. But what we did see has spawned some very interesting theories — when we were finally taken back to that moment in the hospital, Laurel made Oliver promise to not to let her be last Canary.
At first, I couldn't believe what I was hearing — firstly, Dinah Laurel Lance is the Black Canary and it would be ludicrous for the show to have anyone else attempt to replace her, and secondly, her sister Sara Lance is still out there doing a fine job as the White Canary on Legends Of Tomorrow. So why on earth should Arrow justify us having another one? But then it hit me, perhaps we won't see another person take up the mantle, just another version of Laurel.
Remember the villainous Black Siren — her Earth-2 doppelganger — is still trapped in S.T.A.R. Labs' metahuman prison after her appearance on The Flash last season. With that in mind, let's take a look at why we might be seeing Black Siren become the next Black Canary.
The Earth-2 Metahuman
Arrow's version of the Black Canary had a lot of similarities with the comic books, but it also had a lot of differences. While she was romantically linked with the Green Arrow in both, the comic book version of Laurel is actually a metahuman — her Canary Cry is a metahuman ability that originates from the character's actual voice unlike Arrow's version which was a produced by sonic collar. Although it ended up being pretty awesome, fans were skeptical when they found out that Arrow was keeping Laurel human to reflect the more realistic vibe the show had. Furthermore, in the comics, Black Canary was originally from Earth-2. She ended up moving to Earth-1 to start a new life, which is where she met the Green Arrow.
Thus, Black Siren would be the perfect choice for the next Canary as she is both a metahuman and from Earth-2. She was the only Earth-2 metahuman not sent back home to Earth-2 and was instead imprisoned at S.T.A.R. Labs — hardly a coincidence. Moreover, being a supernatural ability, her Canary Cry is much more reminiscent of the comic book version, sending out shockwaves and blowing her own hair backwards as it brings down entire buildings. It's also highly unlikely that this is just a coincidence and with Arrow having finally embraced the crazy metahuman world last season, it's time to welcome Black Siren into the fold and allow her to live up the Canary's comic book counterpart.
But the similarities don't stop there — Siren's outfit is also much more revealing than Laurel's which was much more combat durable. Again, this is closer to Canary's comic book appearance which wasn't afraid to highlight her sexuality — something Siren had no problem doing with her slow sultry walk. Additionally, in the comics Black Canary is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters and is even considered a better fighter than Green Arrow.
While Arrow's Laurel eventually became a brilliant fighter, the Black Siren was already a skilled fighter and had no problem disposing of the Flash in combat. And actress Katie Cassidy's new series regular role across all CW superhero series would allow Black Siren to show up wherever she pleased and do her own things — also like the comics — rather than her joining Team Arrow like every other hero on the show.
With too many similarities to count, it would be a missed opportunity not to let Earth-2's Black Siren mimic the comics and become the successor of Earth-1's Black Canary.
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A Redemption Arc Would Be Amazing
Obviously, there's one big problem with Black Siren becoming the next Black Canary — she's a villain. With all the emphasis placed on Laurel's legacy this season, there's no way Oliver would allow Black Siren to destroy that. However, it's possible that we could see an arc crafted about Black Siren's road to redemption. We don't know much about her backstory, but perhaps she didn't have all the loved ones Laurel had. And thus, perhaps she will end up interacting with Earth-1's Quentin or Sara and realize that she doesn't have to be evil.
Remember, with the Dominators coming to the Arrow-verse for the CW's superhero crossover, it's possible that they will be looking to harness the metagene much like they did in the comics. And that means that no metahuman is safe, not even the bad guys. And as Arrow's 100th episode — which Katie Cassidy is returning for — happens to fall at the same time, perhaps we could see Black Siren teaming up with the Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and the Legends to take down the alien threat. I'm pretty sure evil aliens wouldn't be immune to her deafening Canary Cry. As Cassidy is supposed to return in a followup episode as well, we may see Green Arrow convincing Black Siren to take up Laurel's mantle and do something good with her metahuman ability.
On that note, let's not forget that in the comics, Canary and Arrow originally didn't like each other. While Arrow changed this by having Laurel and Oliver be former teenage sweethearts, they could always replicate it now by having Black Siren and Green Arrow hate each other — because well, she's a villain and he's a hero. And we all know how that ended up leading to in the comics, so it could always end up leading to a relationship on television. Perhaps Oliver could be the one to help Black Siren find redemption. There's a fine line between love and hate kids!
The Only Acceptable Option
When you think about it Arrow may have set themselves up in a big way here — remember that fans were very angry that they killed the beloved character off in the first place — how can they expect anyone to be happy about somebody replacing her? Furthermore, Oliver is about to go out and seek a brand new team which we already know will consist of Artemis, Wild Dog, Mr. Terrific and Ragman — none of which he will give the Black Canary mantle to. So, unless the next Canary is somebody truly worthy, this could end up turning into a disaster if not handled right. And outside of reviving Laurel Lance, the only other way to handle it right is to have Black Siren take up the mantle.
Comic book fans would be happy as it would still be an iteration of Dinah Laurel Lance while Katie Cassidy fans would be thrilled to see her return. Black Canary was undoubtedly one of the show's best characters and Arrow still greatly misses her presence. With Laurel's request on the season premiere of Arrow hinting at another Canary, the only worthy option of filling her shoes would be Black Siren.
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