We’ll be getting our first look at Laurel suiting up as the new Black Canary in next week’s new episode “Left Behind,” but before we see her in action as a costumed hero, IGN recently had a chance to talk to actress Katie Cassidy about her finally taking on the mantle of Black Canary, how she will be a different Black Canary than Sara, and who her main target is going to be! You can check out a portion of the interview below:
IGN: How has felt for you after all this time to finally be suiting up and diving into this aspect of the character?
Katie Cassidy: Honestly, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted. I waited a long time to get to this place. I’m just so grateful and so happy. The writers have been so good to me. It was a long time coming, but I think it was well worth the wait. As with every superhero, you have to earn it. You can’t have a character turn into a superhero over night. So Laurel had to hit her rock bottom before she came out on top. Yes, on January 21st you’ll see me in the costume, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m good — yet. She’s still learning, still training. She still has a long way to go. But she’s driven, and she’s fearless. Seeking vengeance for her sister is what’s moving her.
IGN: Can you talk about what she’s going to take from Sara and what she’s going to bring to Canary as just Laurel?
Katie Cassidy: In Season 3, you’ll see Laurel go from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to then becoming her. But I think, A) The suit is not the same, but it’s definitely similar; the jacket is almost identical, and B) She’s doing this for her sister. Part of what she brings to it is heart. She’s fearless, she’s driven, she’s doing this because, deep inside, it’s what she believes in and what she wants. I’m not necessarily sure that Sara — you’d have to ask Caity Lotz, because it’s a character choice — but that’s where she was coming from. She sort of fell into it mistakenly, because of the crash in Season 1. Being on the island, she had no choice. Laurel has a choice, and she’s choosing this because she’s that strong and realistic, and has heart about it.
IGN: Is Malcolm Merlyn going to be her number one target, given all he’s directly and indirectly taken from her? Is there going to be a confrontation there, or is she going to have to reconcile what happened with Thea, first?
Katie Cassidy: I think that Malcolm’s always been a target. She will find out who actually killed her sister. She doesn’t know at this point. But when she does find out, I think the audience will be really surprised. Her reaction isn’t what you’d expect.
Be sure to check out the full interview with Katie Cassidy over at IGN, and you’ll be able to see Laurel as the new Black Canary when “Left Behind” airs next Wednesday, January 21st!