They may have begun as standalone, vigilante superheroes, but when two characters give off sparks like Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance, the best decision is to count your blessings, and never look back. Since the first signs of romance between Green Arrow and Black Canary, the two have established themselves as one of the most dependable power couples in the DC Comics Universe. Which is why it only made sense for The CW’s Arrow to include Dinah Laurel Lance as a main love interest and eventual vigilante.
But as Laurel’s superhero career hit narrative speed bumps, the fan base got vocal about their desire to see the Queen/Lance duo that DC had pursued in nearly all other media (in which both were badass). That hope took a serious blow when Laurel was killed off, and yet another when her recent, heavily-advertised return was revealed to simply be a doppelganger fake out. But there’s no going back, because whether Laurel lives or dies, Green Arrow needs a Canary – and now, he’s got a brand new version.
While the introduction of Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) may seem premature, or even an insult for reasons beyond her control, she’s evidently here to stay. And as we’re about to explain, her version of Black Canary is based on a DC Comics heroine. Well, her version of Black Canary is… THE Black Canary, according to today’s DC Universe.
Fans were distracted by the possible return of Katie Cassidy’s version of Black Canary – that of Dinah Laurel Lance – and ultimately disappointed when her return was revealed to be a ploy by Black Siren, the villainous version of Laurel from Earth 2 (previously seen on The Flash). And while Oliver inched that evil Laurel closer to becoming some kind of hero-in-the-making, she just wasn’t up to the task. But before the sting of of it all had worn off, the episode ended with a small glimpse of a new potential heroine. Giving off a rough, tough vibe and revealing some Canary skills of her own, the mystery woman seemed to be a new leading candidate for The CW’s new version of the DC superheroine – this time, without the need for a fake “Canary Cry.”
That mystery woman soon popped onto Oliver’s radar when she seemed to be losing herself on a path of vengeance (one Oliver saw as familiar to his own). When the homicidal howler was finally cornered, Oliver learned some important information: The woman was named ‘Tina Boland,’ and received her metahuman scream thanks to the same S.T.A.R. Labs incident that granted The Flash‘s heroes and villains their own. Tina had been working undercover as a cop among criminals – giving her all the skills necessary to be an effective, street-level vigilante… assuming she could stop killing people.