Back in July, we reported that Caity Lotz signed on to play Black Canary in Season 2 of Arrow. The inclusion of that character lead many to wonder if the CW series is planning on bringing together the Birds of Prey from the DC Comics. While nothing is set in stone yet, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that they do have an idea about how to proceed with the Birds of Prey.
"We have an idea for how to do our version of Birds of Prey. When you think about it, we have a lot of pieces. It's a lot like the Suicide Squad. As we continue to populate our world with new characters and some returning people from last year, you start to go, 'We're really close to that!' We saw this awesome bit of production art for a new set that we realized plays into Birds of Prey completely. Our Art Department wasn't even intending that! There's certainly a momentum towards that, but everything has to happen in due time. With respect to Birds of Prey specifically, there's an actress that we particularly need to make that piece work and we need to check on her availability."
While it isn't certain what actress the executive producer is referring to, it may be Jessica De Gouw, who played The Huntress in Season 1. The Birds of Prey group was created by no_Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon in 1996, which primarily featured Black Canary and Oracle, a.k.a. Batgirl, with several other female superheroes rotating in and out, such as The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
The executive producer also spoke about when we'll first see Black Canary, and how she will affect Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy).
"You'll get your first glimpse of Black Canary in the premiere. Laurel needed a bit of a makeover. Last year, as a result of her job at CNRI and her relationship with Tommy, it sometimes felt like she was in a different show. One of our main goals this year was to really bring her into the fold in a way that made her an integral part of the stories we were telling. Black Canary's appearance is going to coincide with Laurel really struggling with a great number of things. We're throwing a lot of things at Laurel this year."
The showrunner also talked about how the Black Canary will encounter Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) this season, who is still prowling the streets of Starling City, looking for trouble.
"Roy has not given up his night job of going out and looking for trouble. He actually connects with the Arrow very early on in the season, who sets him on a new mission. When we find Roy in the first episode, he's floundering a little bit. He's trying to find his way and he really gets his purpose set for him, which is exciting. He and Thea (Willa Holland) are still dating. For everybody who found themselves in a bad place after the events last season, Thea is actually in a really good place. She's running the nightclub. Roy is working as a busboy at the club and she says to him, 'I control both your paycheck and your sex life.' Thea has really grown up during these five months. No more Catholic School girl outfits for her."
Marc Guggenheim also talked about their plans for the Suicide Squad.
"We introduced A.R.G.U.S. in Season 1. We also introduced Deadshot (Michael Rowe). We're thinking about how to expand the Arrow's Rogues Gallery, and Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) felt like he really fit into our world. We took a step back and realized that we were in spitting distance of the Suicide Squad. As with all things, we always have to be really careful not to let our geek selves drive everything. It has to be at the right pace for the show. We've got some really cool ideas for how to bring Deadshot back into the show. You're going to see that around Episode 6. We're hoping to get some new viewers in Season 2, so we want to repopulate our world. The hope is that we're moving in the right direction towards the Suicide Squad."
However, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that there are no definitive plans to bring the whole group together quite yet.
"Right now, we're taking it on a person-by-person basis. We have Deadshot as the leader of the Suicide Squad. We don't have any definitive plans to bring them all together. But, as always with these things, we see what people like and don't like."