Warning: This article contains major spoilers of Arrow Season 5.
To say that the past few seasons of Arrow have been divisive would be a major understatement. Through it all, one thing that has particularly divided people was the treatment of Black Canary Laurel Lance. The character finally took up her destined comic book mantle in Season 3, only to be killed off in a repetitive "who's in the grave" angle last year. The decision was met with outrage and backlash from comic book fans and resulted in a significant ratings decline.
However, the show's creative team ended up giving the mantle to new character Tina — who's real name eventually turned out to be Dinah Drake — the name of the original comic book Black Canary. And while she has turned out to be pretty badass — despite causing more controversy — fans wondered when we would see Dinah get her own costume. Well, now thanks to these brand new images, we finally have our first look at Dinah's Black Canary costume.
But how does Dinah's costume compare to the #TV show's previous Canaries? Let's take a look back at both of Arrow's previous badass ladies, breaking down their outfits before taking an in-depth look at Dinah Drake's brand new Black Canary costume.
Laurel Lance's long lost sister Sara turned up alive and well in Season 2, trained by the League Of Assassins and now a badass vigilante. This wasn't the same Sara that was lost at sea, this was the Canary.
She wore a long blonde wig and an all black outfit. Her small, eye-covering mask was sharply shaped with straight lines. Furthermore, her short leather jacket and low-cut top was identical to the comic book Black Canary's. While Sara could not emulate the Canary Cry, she was kind of responsible for bringing it into the #Arrowverse in the first place as she did use grenades that emitted a high-pitched, deafening sonic sound — something Laurel would later model the Canary Cry after. For combat, she used a silver fighting stick that could easily disarm and take out as many foes as she needed it to.
While Sara's death — and subsequent resurrection — marked the end of the Canary, she would later become the White Canary and battle foes through time on #LegendsOfTomorrow.
VERDICT: Sara's original Canary costume matched the dark tone of the show at the time and also paid tribute to the comic book character she was modeled after. It's no surprise that she is one of the show's best original characters, and this look will forever be respected. The Black Canary character owes a debt of gratitude to Sara as she would not exist in the Arrow-verse if we didn't have the Canary.
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Laurel Lance — also known as the real Black Canary — started out as a defense attorney, before tragedy after tragedy would lead to her becoming the character we all wanted her to be. In the wake of Sara's death, Laurel decided to follow in her sister's footsteps and became the Black Canary.
Unlike Sara's outfit, Laurel's body was covered from head to toe in black with no skin on show. She wore a jacket similar to her sister's, but it was always completely zipped up. While initially also wearing an even bigger blonde wig, it was eventually dropped and Laurel sported her own blonde hair instead. Her gloves were fingerless and her mask was much more of smoother shape. Furthermore, Laurel chose to wear no eye makeup under the mask and wore dark maroon lipstick, setting her apart from her sister's look in a huge way. As a weapon, she carried a tonfa, which she regularly used to clobber thugs over the head with. Laurel's outfit was also notable for the amount of zips and belts it featured, and it was also very shiny.
Laurel eventually had #TheFlash's Cisco Ramon use Sara's sonic grenades to create a Canary Cry device, and with that — the iconic collar was added to Laurel's costume.
VERDICT: While it was certainly a different look to the Black Canary's comic book attire, the CW's Laurel Lance was an innovative yet respectful adaptation of the character. Her similar jacket and Canary Cry collar paid tribute to the comics while the rest of the outfit highlighted that the CW's costume team weren't afraid to be original at the same time. Make no mistake about it, this is what Arrow's Black Canary looks like.
Dinah Drake (Tina)
That brings us to Dinah Drake — Arrow's new Black Canary. The recently released photos finally allow us to see what Dinah will be wearing as she kicks some major ass in Star City.
Going for a much more casual approach than the previous two, Dinah's outfit appears to be more streetwise, hinting at Season 5's running theme of returning to street crime. However, she does maintain the black leather jacket — a staple of all the Canaries — keeping it open like the Dinah Laurel Lance comic book character as opposed to the Dinah Drake version. Underneath, she is wearing a loose black top that appears to hang over a loose blue top. She is also wearing shiny black gloves and faded black jeans. Her mask is similar to Sara's in the sense that it's sharp, but it's also a lot shinier. In fact, it kind of reminds me of Batgirl's first mask in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
She doesn't have the iconic Canary Cry collar, although she does possess the metahuman ability — much like Laurel Lance's Earth-2 doppelganger Black Siren. And like all Canaries, she has unveiled her weapon of choice: a long brown wooden stick Bō much like the Bō used by Morgan in The Walking Dead — which I'm sure she will make the bad guys of Star City beg for mercy with.
VERDICT: Despite a controversial introduction, Dinah Drake will certainly make a name for herself with her Black Canary outfit as she fights alongside the show's regular #superheroes. Looking as badass as ever, the outfit certainly pays tribute the comic book version of the character and will give her Black Canary a more streetwise look. While I'm not sure it's as awesome as the two that came before, the costume is definitely a uniquely different interpretation — something that is rare in Arrow's costumes these days.
Dinah Drake is set to cry next week with the debut of her Black Canary attire. Despite the absence of fishnets — for the third time people — it manages to pay tribute to the comic books while adding a little originality. She certainly has a lot to compete with due to the two powerhouse Canaries that came before, but it will be fun to see her kicking some major ass in the process.
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