Arrow gave us a quick glimpse at both Talia al Ghul and a new Black Canary in last week’s 2017 premiere “Who Are You,” but you won’t have to wait for Wednesday to get a closer look at either. See for yourself in new photos from this week’s “Second Chances,” as Oliver trains with Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter in flashback, while attempting to recruit a new teammate in the present.
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On this week’s episode, Laurel, the formerly deceased former Black Canary, is back from the dead! But how?! “Who Are You” was directed by Gregory Smith from a script by Ben Sokolowski and Brian Ford Sullivan.
It wasn’t terribly likely of Arrow to introduce Laurel back into the mix without some caveat, and Wednesday’s “Who Are You?” gave at least several. Not only was that not our Black Canary, but a new songstress has arisen in Hub City; apparently with significantly more skills. At least per the extended “Second Chances” trailer.
For the most part, Arrow has managed to keep continuity in order as the flashbacks interact with present day, though word of Lexa Doig’s Talia al Ghul appearing in Oliver’s Russian past raised a few questions. Thankfully, producers promise that Talia’s appearance won’t throw too many wrenches in the works, and might just give us a Nyssa-Talia meeting one day.
The CW already seemingly spoiled the explanation behind Arrow returning one of its biggest characters in midseason finale “What You Leave Behind,” but there’s wiggle room yet. Case in point, an extended 2017 trailer for next week’s “Who Are You?” hints at a Flashpoint explanation, along with new wrinkles to the Prometheus story.
The Arrow-verse technically introduced us to Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia once before, but the famed Batman character’s visit to Oliver’s world has been a mystery until now. A new synopsis for February’s “Second Chances” sees Oliver teaming up with Bruce Wayne’s sometime love interest, albeit at a deadly cost.
Arrow took a surprising swing in Season 4 to kill off a major character like Katie Cassidy’s Black Canary, though it wasn’t long before word suggested Laurel might have a presence in Season 5. The most recent 2017 premiere promo seemed overwhelmingly to spoil that presence, though producers take it further to suggest a Black Canary is “always going to be there.”
DC fans knew that FOX’s Gotham was unlikely to meet up with the CW heroes of Arrow or The Flash, though the latter’s visit to CBS’ Supergirl at least raised hope that FOX’s upcoming Black Lightning could join the next big crossover. Not so, it seems as DC TV boss Greg Berlanti seems to think FOX’s newest superhero will stand on his own for now.
The Flash Season 2 finale made a deliberate point of transforming Zoom into the exact image of demonic DC speedster “Black Flash,” and with good reason, it seems. Not only will the ghoulish figure return, he might even crop up on series outside The Flash.
Lest you think the reign of the Super-s at The CW was anywhere close to ending, the network passed out a generous round of renewals on Sunday, Not only is the DC foursome of Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends renewed for new seasons, but so too will Supernatural return, among others.