Now that The CW’s DC Comics properties have established themselves as being welcome to crossover specials and guest stars traveling across space and time (thanks, Legends of Tomorrow!, there’s literally no end to the variety of ways in which fan-favorite characters might just pop up on sister series. Even CBS’ Supergirl enjoyed a recent viewer bump thanks to a cute crossover featuring The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). Now, it’s The Flash that will be getting a little extra help courtesy of Arrow star, Katie Cassidy.
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently appeared at a special screening and follow-up Q&A for this week’s episode, an event which our own Christina Radish was able to attend. (We’ll have a full interview up after that episode “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” airs on Wednesday.) Guggenheim confirmed that Cassidy would be making appearances on both The Flash and the animated CW Seed series, Vixen. Some spoilers about her appearances follow, so if you’d rather not know, steer clear.
While you might be expecting the Black Canary to suit up and help save the day on The Flash, what Cassidy’s role will be is actually quite a bit different. She’ll appear in Season 2’s penultimate episode, which will air May 17th. In that hour–which is currently untitled, at least officially–Cassidy will play the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance, a.k.a. Black Siren, the only female member of the Justice Guild of America. The character in question is based on the Black Canary (Dinah Drake) who appeared in the Golden Age of comics; she was also the mother to Dinah Laurel Lance in those stories. Black Siren is an expert at hand-to-hand combat and dons a relatively simple yet classic costume. I, for one, can’t wait to see how Cassidy transitions into another take on the role she’s brought to life.
But that’s not all! Cassidy will also be lending her voice as Earth-1’s Laurel Lance/Black Canary on Season 2 of Vixen. That series sees Megalyn Echikunwoke voicing the title role, one she also brought to life on a recent episode of Arrow. There are no plot details available at present, but Vixen has teamed up with Black Canary and the team Birds of Prey on occasion in the comics, so perhaps they’ll be bringing those stories to life.
You can see Season 2 of Vixen later this year, while The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on The CW, followed by Arrow on Wednesday nights at 8pm.