The CW is continuing to explore the DC Comics universe, and the next season of Arrow is going to be even more “super” than the first! At the Television Critics Association fall TV previews, CW President Mark Pedowitz announced that two popular superheroes will be joining Arrow for the show’s second season: The Flash and Black Canary.
Allen’s character will be introduced in the eighth and ninth episodes of Arrow’s second season, and the twentieth episode of the season will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential Flash spin-off series.
"We plan to introduce a recurring character and an origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you now know is the Flash," said Pedowitz. "We’re planning an origin story, we’ll see how it goes and hopefully it goes well. We do want to expand on the DC universe. We’ve got rich characters that we can use and we thought this was a very organic way to get there."
Pedowitz isn’t necessarily looking for a big name to fill Flash’s super-fast shoes: “I’m from the old school and I think TV creates stars,” said Pedowitz. “So if we get a name, great; if we don’t get a name, he’ll become a name.”
Don’t be scared Arrow fans; Allen’s addition to the series won’t break Arrow’s dedication to realism. Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg added that “when we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist working for Central City Police Department. As we always do on Arrow, we’re trying to keep it grounded and realistic as possible. That is the way the audience will be introduced to Barry and get to know him before life gets a little bit faster.”
Kreisberg also noted that Allen’s eventual transformation into The Flash will definitely be noteworthy:
"Our characters will react to the extraordinary changes to their world in hopefully a realistic way," he said. "These ‘powers’ won’t be treated as commonplace on the show. They will be extraordinary events, and our world and the characters in them will react accordingly. Despite the fact that he’s got superpowers, I think there’s something very relatable about Barry of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a god, he wasn’t seeking this out. It came to him. His reactions to that feel very human and grounded."
Arrow’s second season will also be introducing viewers to another famous DC vigilante: The Black Canary. Though [Dinah] Laurel Lance takes on the moniker of Black Canary in the comics, Pedowitz hinted at the idea that it may actually be Laurel’s sister, Sara Lance, who first flaunts the fishnets.
Believed to have drowned in the Arrow pilot, setting up Laurel’s antagonistic relationship with Ollie, Caity Lotz will be returning Sara to our screens. “I hope she brings a certain amount of conflict since she’s play the sister of Laurel Lance,” said Pedowitz. “It’s an origin story. I don’t know if this character is the Black Canary or not the Black Canary, so it is an origin story. But remember, Laurel Lance was the Black Canary in the DC Universe.”
Fans aren’t the only ones excited about the Black Canary’s return to television.
Famous DC scribe Gail Simone, praised for her incredible run as head writer on Birds of Prey (of which Black Canary is a part), tweeted her desire to be a part of Arrow’s second season – and the Arrow Writer’s Room account even retweeted her! Here’s hoping they’re able to work out a deal.
While we wait for the Arrow premiere on Wednesday, October 9th, check out the brand-new season two trailer, released at San Diego Comic Con!