Arrow shows off the new Black Canary

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Arrow finished off season 5 with an explosive cliffhanger. The sixth season will pick up five months after the explosion on the island of Lian Yu, where we will find out who survived the explosion and see how that ending creates conflicts between Arrow and his family.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Wendy Mericle spoke about Black Canary’s growth and future in season 6, giving us some insight on her future direction.

“Last season, she wasn’t a full fledged superhero, you could say. She was, she had this power, she had this ability, she was part of the team, but really what this costume signifies more than anything is that she is now a full-fledged member of the team. She was before. But she’s now owning it in a different way. We had talked about having the costume at various points last season and it never felt right. It felt that we wanted to save it for a special occasion, and the premiere seemed like a really good place to do it. She needs something tactical. She has this meta power, but she also has the bo staff, so we just felt it was right for her to have something that was definitely more than a nod to the DCU character, but also something that was distinctive from what we’ve seen before. This really fits the bill. Maya Mani, as usual, did an amazing job with it. My favorite part is actually the subtle hint of the gold and yellow lines in it.” then continued “and there’s a question of she’s a cop as well as the Black Canary. How is she going to balance that? How is she going to keep that secret? How is she going to live her life and still fight crime at night?”

ARROW Image Number: AR06_BLACK_CANARY_0001 -- Pictured: Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary

Arrow Season 6 synopsis: After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy).

Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”.

Arrow will premiere on Thursday, October 12 at 9 pm along with his other Arrowverse family DC shows. Supergirl premieres on Monday, October 9th at 8 pm, The Flash follows on Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm, and finally Legends of Tomorrow moves to Tuesdays following The Flash.

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