In Arrow Season 6, Dinah Drake will finally get her very own Black Canary costume. Entertainment Weekly revealed our first look at Juliana Harkavy’s Black Canary in a new portrait for the upcoming season.
Dinah was one of the Team Arrow members who was still on Lian Yu when it exploded in the Season 5 finale. However, this photo should lay to rest any doubts about her fate. Seeing as she had been upped to a series regular shortly before the finale, it seemed likely that she would survive; now we have photographic evidence that she’s not only alive, but thriving as a part of Team Arrow when the show picks up five months after that explosive finale.
“Last season, she wasn’t a full fledged superhero, you could say. She was, she had this power, she had this ability, she was part of the team, but really what this costume signifies more than anything is that she is now a full-fledged member of the team. She was before. But she’s now owning it in a different way,” explained executive producer Wendy Mericle. “We had talked about having the costume at various points last season and it never felt right. It felt that we wanted to save it for a special occasion, and the premiere seemed like a really good place to do it.”
“She needs something tactical. She has this meta power, but she also has the bo staff, so we just felt it was right for her to have something that was definitely more than a nod to the DCU character, but also something that was distinctive from what we’ve seen before,” she added.
As to Dinah’s direction in Season 6, Mericle said, “There’s a question of she’s a cop as well as the Black Canary. How is she going to balance that? How is she going to keep that secret? How is she going to live her life and still fight crime at night? We really wanted the team to explore a lot of the questions that Oliver explored in season 1. That’s what we’ll be trying to focus in on in season 6.”
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, Arrow returns Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.
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