Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz has hinted that she may be the one and only Black Canary once the upcoming Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover event is over. Ironically, while Lotz’s character Sara Lance started the Canary legacy in the Arrowverse, she is the only heroine in that line not to adopt the Black Canary codename.
The original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book miniseries was a game-changer in many respects. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of DC Comics’ founding, the storyline took the entirety of DC Comics’ multiverse and condensed it into a single shared universe. By the time the saga was over many heroes had died, whole worlds were erased from existence, and some of the survivors were merged together so there would be only one version of each popular hero in the newly formed universe. The Arrowverse adaptation of the story seems poised to do something similar, bringing in heroes from alternate realities such as the Earths of Kingdom Come and Batman ’66.
Lotz revealed Sara Lance’s fate during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, as she and other Arrowverse stars discussed the final season of Arrow. Noting that it was “so sad” to see the series come to a close, Lotz described how nearly all of Sara Lance’s family is dead and that Sara only has a few friends left among the cast of Arrow now. This led to Lotz musing that “maybe now that the show’s done I’ll get that black costume. I’m gonna get that one back.”
Lotz was referring to the black costume she first wore when she joined the cast of Arrow in season 2 as Sara Lance/The Canary. Lost at sea during the bombing of The Queen’s Gambit along with Oliver Queen, Sara endured more than “five years in Hell“, having spent a year as the captive of the mad scientist Anthony Ivo before training as an assassin under Ra’s Al Ghul. Killed off in the season 3 premiere of Arrow in order to spur her sister Laurel’s journey into vigilantism, fan demand saw Sara Lance brought back from the dead and led to Lotz gaining a lead role in the spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow and the new codename White Canary.
Since that time, a veritable flock of canaries has risen to replace Lotz on Arrow. In addition to Katie Cassidy’s Black Canary, actress Juliana Harkavy joined the cast of Arrow in season 5 as Dinah Drake, whose background as an undercover police officer paid tribute to the Black Canary of the Golden Age. Season 7 of Arrow revealed that an all-female team of vigilantes known as The Canary Network protect Star City in the not-too-distant future of 2040.
It would be fitting if Crisis on Infinite Earths were to end with Caity Lotz playing the one true Black Canary of a new Arrowverse. Out of all the Canaries seen so far on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, Sara Lance bore the greatest resemblance to the Black Canary of the modern day DC Comics’ universe, as written by Gail Simone. Both characters are bisexuals and have trained with members of the League of Assassins while rejecting their ideology and season 2 saw Lotz’s Canary operating out of a clocktower as Black Canary did in the Birds of Prey comics. Even if the Crisis does not end with a singular universe, Sara Lance could still adopt the Black Canary name and colors as a way of honoring the fallen, the same way her sister Laurel became Black Canary to honor Sara after her death.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly