WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE FLASH & ARROW!
Next week's episode of The Flash (Season 2, Episode 22 "Invincible") will feature Arrow's Katie Cassidy, who will be guest starring as the Black Siren. Cassidy brilliantly portrayed Laurel Lance / Black Canary during Arrow's first four seasons from 2012 until this past April when she was shockingly killed off by a questionable "creative" decision that, so far, has done nothing to help the show. However, all was not lost for fans of Laurel, as we soon found out that Katie Cassidy would guest star in an episode of The Flash, portraying the Black Canary's Earth-2 counterpart: the Black Siren. Well, that time is almost upon us. With "Invincible" set to air next week, I thought now would be an appropriate time to look at how Black Siren will differ from her Arrow counterpart, the Black Canary!
She's a Metahuman
Thanks to a combination of next week's episode promo and these amazing new photos released by the CW, we now know that, unlike the Black Canary, the Black Siren will be a metahuman. In the comic books, Black Canary is known for both her incredible fighting skills and her superpower, the "Canary Cry" — a high-powered sonic scream that can incapacitate anyone in the surrounding area and shatter glass. While Laurel's Black Canary on Arrow was human and instead, used a sonic device to create this effect, it looks like The Flash's Black Siren will mirror the comic books and thus, her cry will be a metahuman ability — just look at how her hair blows back. Furthermore, the effects coming from her mouth in the promo below reinforce this. In fact, it's a similar effect to the one used for Silver Banshee's scream in Supergirl.
I applaud Arrow for choosing to keep Laurel human for her time on the show because now that they've incorporated The Flash into their universe, it's hard to keep from going down the more fantastical route. However, I know there are many out there (myself included) that are eager to see the full Canary Cry from the comics come to life, and when the Black Siren makes her way onto our screens, that's exactly what we're going to see!
She's a Villain
Unlike the hero she portrayed on Arrow, Cassidy's Black Siren will be a villain. Much like the situation with Caitlin and her Killer Frost doppelgänger, it seems that Earth-2 is just overflowing with evil doppelgängers. As the official synopsis for the episode reveals:
KATIE CASSIDY GUEST STARS AS BLACK SIREN — After Zoom (guest star Teddy Sears) unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans on Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) is shaken when he sees their leader is the Black Canary's Earth-2 doppelgänger, the Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy). Meanwhile, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) takes to the streets to help The Flash stop the meta-humans, which worries Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Iris (Candice Patton) and Henry (guest star John Wesley Shipp) are concerned about Barry taking on Zoom. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Brooke Roberts & David Kob (#222). Original airdate 5/17/2016.
It will be intriguing to see Black Siren go up against the Flash and, perhaps more importantly, how Barry will react to seeing the face of his heroic fallen friend now wreaking havoc on Central City.
Now for the obvious one. While Cassidy sported more of a combat bodysuit for the Black Canary on Arrow, she wears a similar but fancier bodysuit as the Black Siren. With a more revealing neckline, much like the one from the comics, her Canary Cry collar is on display for us all to see. In contrast to Laurel's blonde hair (and original white wig), Siren's hair is brown and she doesn't conceal her face with a mask. Her Black Canary nightstick is also noticeably absent in this new incarnation. Furthermore, unlike the combat version she wore on Arrow, there is a long black trail on her new outfit. With the new outfit, no mask and sultry walk (seen in the set footage from a few weeks back), it looks like Black Siren isn't afraid to use to her looks to get what she wants.
I am incredibly excited to see Katie Cassidy portray an evil incarnation of her Arrow counterpart (and for what DC may be setting up for the Justice League movie). For years, Laurel was the most under-appreciated character on Arrow and when she had finally come into her own as the Black Canary, she was taken from us. Katie Cassidy did a phenomenal job of bringing Laurel / Black Canary to life on Arrow and I have no doubt that she will do the same with Black Siren on The Flash. Even though it's the evil Earth-2 version, the Canary will cry again!
Full Credit to The CW for the Images and Synopsis.
On a side note: Fans have since launched a petition to revive Laurel on Arrow which can be signed here.
The Flash, Season 2, Episode 22 "Invincible" airs on Tuesday Night on The CW
If you're still following along with Arrow, be sure to catch a recap of Episode 21 "Monument" here.
Are you excited to see Katie Cassidy's return to the CW in The Flash? Or do you wish she was still on Arrow instead? Let me know in the comments!