Just because your character dies in a superhero show, doesn’t mean you can’t return to it. Katie Cassidy played Laurel Lance/Black Canary for Arrow’s first four season before she was killed off mid-season 4. Yesterday it was announced that she would be returning to the hit CW series playing a dark version of the same character.
After Cassidy was killed off in Arrow, she signed on to play Black Siren, an evil version of her character from an alternative reality, in one of CW’s other superhero shows Legends of Tomorrow, before appearing in Arrow’s season 5 mid-season premiere. The character proved to be so popular that she’s set to return in the last two episodes of Arrow’s current season before appearing as a series regular once more for season 6.
In a released statement, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said “One of the things that most excites us about ‘Arrow’ is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to ‘Arrow’ as Black Siren, though as her appearances on ‘Arrow’ and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ this season show, she never really left the family.”
While no word has been given on whether Cassidy’s character will be a hero or villain, the last time we saw her she was sent to prison where Oliver hoped she could be rehabilitated.