Wendy Mericle answered the question for this week’s Ask Ausiello:
I am excited to have Katie Cassidy back on Arrow as Black Siren. I hope she stays a villain, because it’s cool to have a regular female villain. What can we expect for her?
Ausiello: You can expect much of the aforementioned villainy, sprinkled with the occasional wish for a turn-around, at least by those who knew her Earth-One doppelgänger. “I don’t know if there’s any question about whether or not the [idea] of redemption will come up; it has to,” co-showrunner Wendy Mericle told TVLine. “Her father is there. Oliver is there. Everyone is going to be asking whether or not it’s possible to find a little piece of Laurel, the Laurel Lance they knew and loved, in there somewhere.” That said, “I think she’s interesting as a [villain],” Mericle asserted. “Black Siren is a badass.”
– UPDATE –
How will someone like Black Siren feel about Dinah suiting up as Black Canary?
Mericle: That’s a great question. I’ll just say this: She’s probably not going to like it very much. [Laughs] I mean, I don’t know how much research she’s done about her Earth-1 Laurel, but I would have to say that I think there’s going to be some sparks flying there.
Once again, Katie joined her castmates at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, this time in London. She had a panel with Emily Bett Rickards and Josh Segarra on Sunday, and she answered some questions about her character’s return to Arrow:
Check out the pictures in our gallery:
HEROES & VILLAINS FAN FEST LONDON > ARROW PANEL – DAY 2
HEROES & VILLAINS FAN FEST LONDON > SIGNING & PHOTO OP SESSION – DAY 1
HEROES & VILLAINS FAN FEST LONDON > SIGNING & PHOTO OP SESSION – DAY 2
HEROES & VILLAINS FAN FEST LONDON > MISC.
The season finale of Arrow airs tomorrow night, all info below:
DEATHSTROKE, NYSSA AL GHUL, MERLYN AND DIGGER HARKNESS JOIN OLVER’S BATTLE AGAINST PROMETHEUS – The battle between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies — Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick E. Tarabay) — to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) — and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.
Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim.
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Katie attended MCM Comic Con in Hannover, Germany, this weekend. She had two solo panels (one on each day), and here’s part of the first one:
We don’t have much info about the second panel, but according to a fan, she was flying back to Los Angeles to do some Arrow promo shoots.
And there’s a lot of pictures this time… I’ve added some HQs mixed in with MQs, check them out:
CONVENTIONS > 2017 > MCM COMIC CON HANNOVER > KATIE’S PANEL – DAY 1
CONVENTIONS > 2017 > MCM COMIC CON HANNOVER > KATIE’S PANEL – DAY 2
CONVENTIONS > 2017 > MCM COMIC CON HANNOVER > SIGNING & PHOTO OP SESSION – DAY 1
CONVENTIONS > 2017 > MCM COMIC CON HANNOVER > SIGNING & PHOTO OP SESSION – DAY 2
CONVENTIONS > 2017 > MCM COMIC CON HANNOVER > MISC.