According to a report at The Wrap, Arrow has cast a “Black Canary” for the series.
And it’s not Katie Cassidy… nor is it Alex Kingston. Yep, we’re confused too.
This Black Canary, according to the report, is “Dinah Drake” — does that make three Dinahs on the series? — and she’s played by an actress named Caity Lotz who was in The Pact.
The role is said to be recurring and could be a series regular eventually.
Hopefully the Arrow Comic-Con panel on Saturday will clear this up, because we’re confused.
UPDATE: Confusion cleared… mostly! TVGuide.com reached out to Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg, who said this:
“The character that Caity is portraying is the beginning of the Black Canary story and we’re really excited for the fans to go on the journey with us,” he says. “So much of our show is about defying expectations, meeting expectations and exceeding expectations, and we really want our fans to experience the show by watching it and enjoying it and enjoying all the twists and turns and surprises the way we intend.”
“Everyone knows that Laurel Lance is the Black Canary,” he continues. That’s the way it is in the comic books, but how we get from A to B is the story of our show. In the same way that Oliver, when we meet him, is the vigilante, but this season he’s going to becoming the Arrow, that’s the step of his journey to eventually becoming the Green Arrow. Laurel Lance right now is a lawyer with a lot of heart and a lot of humanity and courage. But it takes more than that to put on the mask and go out and fight crime. Our series is the evolution of that. People will see how Caity Lotz fits into Laurel’s journey along the way. For us, it’s very emotional and surprising and exciting. I would say to everybody, we haven’t let you down so far. Keep going on this ride with us.”
You can read the entire TV Guide piece with more quotes and explanations here.