After killing off the character of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) in season four of Arrow, the writer's found a clever way to bring in a new version, tapping into the Golden Age Black Canary's name of Dinah Drake and making her a meta with the scream powers. Juliana Harkavy played the former undercover cop turned vigilante… who then went to work for the SCPD. But she spent most of the season not wanting to try and take on the mantle of both Sarah (Caity Lotz) and Laurel Lance… but by the end of the season, when Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) calls her by the name, it's obviously time for her to accept it. She wore the mask to protect her identity, but it will be the season premier of season six that we get to see the unveiling of the costume below.
Along with the image, EW.com talked with executive producer and co-show runner Wendy Mericle about the new costume and what it took to get Dinah to this point.
I can tell you what my favorite parts of it are and what I think it says about the character. 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. 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. This really fits the bill. Maya Mani, as usual, did an amazing job with it. My favorite part is actually the subtle hint of the gold and yellow lines in it.
Arrow returns on October 12th at 9 PM, a new night and time.