The CW is pitching a pilot for an Arrow spin-off starring Katie Cassidy-Rodgers, Juliana Harkavy, and Katherine McNamara. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the potential series is set to air as a backdoor pilot” in the Arrow’s final season.
Showrunner Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama are co-writing the episode and will serve as executive producers along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions. Arrow is also produced by Berlanti Productions.
Cassidy-Rodgers has been on Arrow since season one as Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) sometimes girlfriend Laurel Lance. After the introduction of multiple Earths in the Arrowverse, Earth-1 Laurel died and we were introduced to Earth-2 Laurel. Laurel-2 is the polar opposite of Laurel-1, but Oliver and company were able to bring the good out of Laurel-2. She also appeared in the flash forward episodes as the leader of the Canary Network, even though she’s the Black Siren.
Harkavy first appeared in Arrow season five as Tina Boland. She soon became Dinah Drake. Dinah was a metahuman/cop with sonic screams. Oliver sought her out specifically to become the Black Canary after Laurel-1 died. Dinah believes in the justice system and serves as the captain of the Star City Police Department. She lost her meta powers when a serial killer cut her throat, damaging her vocal cords. She continues to fight as the Black Canary despite having no powers.
The Future Smoak
McNamara debuted in Arrow season seven in a future timeline for the show. She plays Mia Smoak, the daughter of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and Oliver Queen. Mia is one tough broad. She definitely takes after her dad, but just as tech savvy as her mom. At the end of season seven, Felicity passed the vigilante torch to Mia and her half brother, William Clayton (Ben Lewis).
After seven seasons in Star City, it is hard to imagine the Arrowverse without members of Team Arrow. I’m excited to keep some of them around and hope that others will guest star now and then. Nothing is set in stone, but an all girl cast is just what the CW and Arrowverse needs!
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