Following-up on our Arrow Season 6 Black Canary story from yesterday, ComicBookMovie spoke with Juliana Harkavy to learn more about her experience playing the legendary character and what it’s meant to her:
“Well, we found out pretty soon into season five that there would be a costume. It was funny because we were actually trying to find a place where it would be the right time for her to be in full costume and it just didn’t feel right. We knew we had to wait and that she was still coming into her own and still wasn’t fully accepting the mantle. So, when it was time to actually do it and put it on, it was actually quite emotional the first time because I felt like I had grown as a person in real life as well as how Dinah came into her own and was ready, so yeah, it was a very cool and exciting moment to put it on.”
It sounds like Harkavy has an appreciation for the significance of this character to comic book fans and she’s clearly found a connection between her own life and her character on Arrow.
Harkvy also describes what fans can expect from Black Canary in Arrow Season 6:
“I think it’s going to part of her training as she improves as a fighter and uses her skills as a more powerful and controlled weapon. It was just a stepping stone for her to expand her abilities and that will continue for sure as she works on getting better and stronger.”
So, based on what we learned yesterday, Black Canary has an important story arc this season, and now we can also expect to see her improving mastery over her powers and abilities too. This has been the trend for supporting heroes on Arrow; current and past teammates have each endured their own trials and progressions too, including Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, Spartan, and Overwatch.
ComicBookMovie is promising a longer interview with Harkavy, including info about her ongoing relationship with Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), news about this season’s Arrowverse crossover event, and more… we’ll follow-up and report on all of this too!
The legend of DC Comics’ Green Arrow is built upon two enduring notions: GA fights for the working-class man (and woman) and the on-again-off-again romance between GA and Black Canary. The CW’s Arrow has tried to honor both of these ideas, but with varying degrees of success (at least, so far).
Regarding the former, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) became the mayor of Star City, who works to bring justice to all residents of his city — a nice twist on the legend. However, the latter has been complicated by the fact that we’re now on our third iteration of Black Canary.
The amazing Caity Lotz initially brought the character to life as Sara Lance, in Arrow Season 2; Lotz is a solid fighter and brought some real depth and heart to the role — in short, she was awesome. Her sister, Laurel (Katie Cassidy), assumed the mantle after Sara was killed (she was later resurrected in a Ra’s al Ghul Lazarus Pit… let’s just leave it at that). Cassidy never felt quite right in the part, and her fighting skills were, well, not great.
Laurel was later killed by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) in Arrow Season 4, which was an overall low point for the series. However, Laurel went out a hero, even earning a statue on the waterfront. It was a redeeming moment for the character, but the show was now down two Canaries. Both Sara and Laurel used technology to express the supersonic Canary Cry
In Arrow Season 5 we were introduced to Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), a cop in Central City — home of The Flash — who is hit by a particle accelerator explosion from that changed her into a Metahuman. Consequently, Drake now possessed a biological version of the Canary Cry.
Queen became romantically involved with both Lance sisters over the course of the first two seasons, but most fans will tell you that there was no real spark between either of these pairings. So far, it’s unclear whether or not Queen and Drake will connect romantically, but their quieter interactions last season suggest that it’s possible.
Will Oliver Queen and Dinah Drake finally establish a proper Green Arrow / Black Canary romance?
According to CinemaBlend, we can expect a much different version of Black Canary with Harkavy. Arrow EP Wendy Mericle recently shared her thoughts on Black Canary in Arrow Season 6:
“One of the things that Juliana [Harkavy] has been bringing this season is [confidence]. She’s no longer the newbie on the team, she has a definite point of view — and I can tell you that that point of view and her new swagger is going to have some real consequences for the team down the road. Look out for that in the middle of the season.”
It might take a few episodes for Drake to establish herself as a real force on Team Arrow, someone who can stand up to both Queen and John Diggle (David Ramsey). Harkavy has already shown that the character isn’t afraid to be a leader or push back against her teammates, as necessary.
Do you feel that Harkavy is the best version of Black Canary yet, or are you taking a wait-and-see approach? Let us know in the comments down below!
Arrow returns to The CW on October 12, 2017.