Stephen Amell shared some scoops about Black Siren on this week’s EW Spoiler Room:
She’s certainly going to be a thorn in Team Arrow’s side when the show returns, but Stephen Amell brings up a really fascinating idea that the show may explore down the line. “She looks exactly like Laurel Lance, she is Laurel Lance,” Amell says. “Laurel Lance is the most famous dead person in Star City, so eventually, at some point, if she is reintroduced into public life, how do we unpack that? I’m excited for that. That’s the dynamic I think could be interesting.”
Arrow returns on Thursday, October 12, on The CW.
Yesterday, Canadagraphs released some pictures of Katie on the Arrow set shooting a fight scene with Juliana Harkavy, on July 13. He also posted this video where we can see their stunt doubles in action:
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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.”
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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.
Screencaps from Arrow 5×22 “Missing” and 5×23 “Lian Yu” have been added to the gallery:
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:
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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:
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Katie is officially back on Arrow tomorrow night, and here’s all the info about the episode:
BLACK SIREN RETURNS – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy) returns to help Chase (Josh Segarra). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) organizes a birthday party for Oliver (Stephen Amell) while Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is furious after Rene (Rick Gonzalez) misses the custody hearing for his daughter.
Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama.
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And in case you missed, here’s another scoop from TVLine:
“She comes back as part of Chase’s plan,” says co-showrunner Wendy Mericle.”Chase knows exactly what he’s doing, and he understands how unsettling seeing somebody that looks like Laurel Lance is going to be for the rest of the team,” her “dad” Quentin included. “And from a writing perspective, it’s just fun storytelling. Katie Cassidy does an amazing job as Black Siren, and seeing her take on Dinah, or her take on Lance, is going to be fun.”
In this new interview with CBR, Wendy Mericle talked about Black Siren’s return:
Speaking of legacy, can you tease your favorite thing about Black Siren’s return?
WM:What I love the most about Black Siren is seeing Katie Cassidy play a badass. [laughs] I mean, she was a badass before as Black Canary, but playing this other role with this darkness to it… it’s just a very interesting color for her to play, as she did Laurel, which she did an amazing job. She brings so much to this role, and it’s really seeing Katie really nail the ins and outs of this character. I think the other interesting thing about it and my favorite part is the impact that it has emotionally on the people who knew Laurel before she was unfortunately killed in Season 4. What does it mean to see this person who looks exactly like this person you loved and have them come back and be evil? It raises all kinds of questions for the people who knew her best, and that part is just absolutely rich character territory that we can play with and we’re really excited about doing that going forward.
Yesterday was the season finale of Legends of Tomorrow and the promised scene between the Lance sisters, where Sara and Laurel reunited in a vision from the Spear of Destiny.
In this interview with Variety, Marc Guggenheim talked about the scene and the decision to keep Katie on Arrow:
Katie Cassidy is returning for the finale as Laurel. How was it having her share scenes with Sara (Caity Lotz) again?
MG: It’s always a delight to have Katie Cassidy come back and reprise her role as Laurel. It’s just one scene but it’s an incredibly pivotal scene, and I think it’s very moving.
I was excited to see Katie was returning as a series regular to “Arrow,” but I honestly had my fingers crossed that Black Siren would become a member of the Legends.
MG:That was something we had talked about. For us, the whole conversation about bringing Katie back as a series regular on “Arrow” began with her performance in the midseason premiere. We briefly spoke about bringing her on “Legends,” but I think from a story perspective we would get far more mileage out of her interacting with the cast of “Arrow.”
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