Yup, it’s a Black Canary trilogy on Arrow. We’ve known from the beginning that Laurel Lance, played by Katie Cassidy, was on a course to become the black clad heroine, and that it was only a matter of time, and as fans of the show have seen, that time is now. Not only have fans of the show seen Laurel training with Ted “Wildcat” Grant to get her vigilante on, but we’ve seen the first pictures of her in full Black Canary regalia, complete with mask and action figure stance. Fans may note that things have been going a little quickly for Canary 2.0, but one of the executive producers of the show says it’s okay because, you know, trilogy.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Kreisberg explained how Laurel’s revelation as the Black Canary will come about over the next several episodes of the series:
“Laurel appears in the Arrow episode. She’s not as present in these episodes, but that is because we’ve been building up to her appearance as the Black Canary. We sort of said that Sara was the Canary, but Laurel is the Black Canary. Episodes 10, 11 and 12 are a three-part trilogy that are about her. And episode 13 I think I can spoil, is called ‘Canaries.’ For fans of Laurel and for fans of Katie [Cassidy], they’re going to get more than their fill after the winter break.”
Sounds like good watching. As the Nerd Bastards official Arrow recapper, I would say that yes, it does seem as though they’re moving on the Laurel as Black Canary timetable a little quickly, but on the other hand, there’s been such a marked improvement with the character and the types of storylines she’s getting it’s hard for me to argue with the idea.
On the flip side, I’ll say that Laurel’s development as Starling City’s latest crime fighter has been one of the bright spots in an Arrow season that hasn’t been able to capitalize yet on what was great about season two. I guess we’ll find out whether or not if the thing the season is missing is a little Black Canary in a couple of weeks. Arrow is taking a breaking this week, but will be back with part 2 of the Arrow/Flash crossover on December 3.
Source: Comic Book Movie