As Arrow enters it’s 8th and final season, the CW has all but confirmed it’s long-rumored spin-off series will focused on The Canaries, a team of female superheroes operating in the Star City of 2040, first introduced in season 7 of Arrow. An upcoming episode in Arrow will act as the backdoor pilot for the CW’s seventh DC superhero series.
The as yet unnamed show will follow the adventures of Arrow characters introduced recently on Arrow: Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara), who is the daughter of the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Her first appearance was through flash-forwards in Season 7, revealing her identity a vigilante named Blackstar.
The other two leads are the Canaries themselves. The more familiar Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) starred as the Black Canary before her death at the end of Arrow Season 4. She later returned as the evil version of herself – Black Siren – from a parallel world. Meanwhile (as they say in comics), a new hero had picked up the Black Canary mantle – Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) – who is actually the founder of the Canaries, the team the series is based on.
No word on if White Canary, Arrow’s original Bird of Prey portrayed by Caity Lotz, will make an appearance. This news does confirm, however, the CW’s commitment to female representation in the world of comic book live action media. All six current DC comics-based series either have strong women characters (Arrow, Flash, Black Lightening) or are actually led by women (Batwoman, Supergirl, and the White Canary-led DC Legends of Tomorrow.)