Arrow Season 2 casts Black Canary (it’s not Katie Cassidy)

Death Valley’s Caity Lotz cast as Dinah Drake, the original Black Canary, in Arrow Season 2 twist

Caity Lotz in MTV's Death Valley
Caity Lotz in MTV’s Death Valley

In keeping with the double-bluff surrounding classic comic-book sidekick Speedy, Death Valley‘s Caity Lotz has been cast in Arrow Season 2 as original Black Canary, aka Dinah Drake, according to The Wrap.

This is a surprise for anyone who was expecting on-off love interest Laurel Lance, played by Supernatural‘s Katie Cassidy, to take on the role as she’d previously teased.

The comic-book Drake – called Dinah Drake Lance – first appeared in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947) by Robert Kanigher and the legendary Carmine Infantino, originally a supporting character in Johnny Thunder’s backup strip, she became a member of the Justice Society of America, and is the mother of current Black Canary Dinah Laurel Lance (introduced in 1969).

Obviously Arrow has been toying with the back stories a fair bit, but it’ll be interesting to see if any connection remains between the two characters.

Arrow Season 1 will be available to own 23 September 2013, pre-order it on DVD for £21.02 or on Blu-ray for £27.49 from Amazon.co.uk. Season 2 will air on Sky 1 later this year.