'Arrow' Gets Its 'Dinah Lance'

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For the most part, much of what we've seen on Arrow has been accurate in the sense that many of the show's recurring characters are familiar to those of us who have read the comics. There are, however, many differences between what we see on the show and what we've read in the comics, and the latest casting choice is another example of that.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Dinah Lance will be coming to the CW's Arrow. "Dinah" will be played by actress Alex Kingston who you may recognize from ER and Doctor Who. "Dinah" will be Laurel's mother and Detective Quentin's ex-wife. So why will she be returning to Starling City, and why did she leave in the first place? And will she play an older, more mature Black Canary?

Later this season Dinah will return to Starling City to make amends with her family that she abandoned years earlier following the tragic death of her daughter aboard Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) yacht.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold on the show and what extent and role that the actress will play. What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing how things unfold? Do you think she will make an appearance as Black Canary? Have you been watching?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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#1 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (12143 posts) - - Show Bio

I think bringing in Laurel's mom will give us some more interesting story. Can't wait to see what she brings to the table

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#2 Posted by Loki9876 (3366 posts) - - Show Bio

River Song? what are you doing in Arrow?

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#3 Posted by the_stegman (40391 posts) - - Show Bio

Laurel is still one of the most boring characters on tv if you ask me. Definitely the most uninteresting on the show.

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#4 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow! She'll be great, I love River.

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#5 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1815 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet. Been enjoying Arrow so far. Can't wait to watch it tonight.

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#6 Posted by z3ro180 (8778 posts) - - Show Bio

If you ask me this is the first black canary ie BC 2s mom

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#7 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (3366 posts) - - Show Bio

Um, Babs? Isn't this a bit of a "spoiler"?

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#8 Posted by TheJester (211 posts) - - Show Bio

Not at all. This is just letting you know about a casting choice, and then Babs' speculations of what MIGHT happen.

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#9 Posted by Kneepawn (46 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope Dinah isn't Ollie's love interest if she is going to be the mother. That would make an intimate relationship with every girl in that family. Poor dad... lol

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#10 Edited by TheBlueAngel93 (21064 posts) - - Show Bio

First Captain Jack and now River Song? Am I the only wondering when Matt Smith is going to appear? xD

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#11 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (3366 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheJester said:

Not at all. This is just letting you know about a casting choice, and then Babs' speculations of what MIGHT happen.

I was making a joke since her character on Doctor Who always said "Spoilers" when referring to future events.

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#12 Edited by FatFriar_16 (194 posts) - - Show Bio

Flashbacks ahead!!!

... Dang it. I thought she was "dead" ... Now, we'll have some more awkward family time (which means less action).

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#13 Posted by wmwadeii (3325 posts) - - Show Bio

Accept characters, reject CW Drama being added.

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#14 Posted by bsavelli (57 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually think it's kinda awesome the way they are portraying Laurel as Barbara Gordon in the show

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#15 Posted by TheMess1428 (2211 posts) - - Show Bio

She is probably going to die or get injured and give up the legacy of Black Canary to her daughter.

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#16 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1804 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, great. I really hope she is not going to be an older Black Canary. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time Alex Kingston tried to act younger and cooler than she really is. I was a little interested in this show, but NEVER MIND!

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#17 Posted by kartron (535 posts) - - Show Bio

She better not be black canary!!!

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#18 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh, I hated her as River Song.

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#19 Posted by darkwingdan (211 posts) - - Show Bio

Isn't Laurel's first name Dinah as well? I'm pretty sure it was mentioned in an earlier episode that her full name is Dinah Laurel Lance.

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#20 Posted by NinjaTard (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Canary is my favorite comic character (well the entire Birds of Prey team) and this really bums me out. Sure she's a great actress and will no doubt be a wonderful Dinah Lance if I'm reading that correctly it sounds like Dinah Laurel Lance is dead so this series won't have any of the awesome back and forth between Oliver and the junior Black Canary...sad!

I've still got to watch a few episodes and see if it takes now that all of my shows are canceled or ending I'll have bandwidth for more TV.

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#21 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2135 posts) - - Show Bio

This may the only time Capt Jack and River actually actually exist together!

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#22 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2730 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been watching. It would be good if she isn't Black Canary or anything, just a normal woman who left her family. It will be interesting that Laurel's parents are both played by English actors while she isn't. I want to see scenes with her and Tommy's father. River Song and Captain Jack Harkness.

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#23 Posted by lifeboy (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

Thats great news! I like watching her and she has a geat tv presence. I hope she comes out a lot. I also saw her on an episode of law and order. Arrow is beefing up!

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#24 Posted by ips (209 posts) - - Show Bio

great that they're incorporating that legacy aspect into the story. they really need to not drag out (ala Smallville) the inclusion of Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance). They also better move quickly to establish the existence of metahumans and humans with abilities so. If they side step Laurel having a Canary Call once she's introduced as BlackCanary it'll be the last episode I watch right there.

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#25 Posted by rav4 (1688 posts) - - Show Bio

Isn't "Laurel" also named Dinah? I could have sworn "Laurel" was her middle name that everyone was calling her by for some unknown reason. In the first episode I'm pretty sure Tommy called her "Dinah Laurel Lance" near the end.

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#26 Edited by Nightwing28710 (160 posts) - - Show Bio

Arrow keeps getting people from awesome shows.

Kyle Shmid from Being Human, and Copper as Ace (Royal Flush Gang)

Seth Gabel (Agent Lincoln Lee) from Fringe as Count Vertigo.

Manu Bennett (Crixus) from Spartacus as Deathstroke.

Ben Browder from Farscape.

David Anders (Dr. Frankenstein) from Once Upon a Time.

James Callis (Baltar) from Battlestar Galactica.

And now Alex Kingston (River Song) from Doctor Who.

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#27 Posted by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

@bsavelli: how are they portraying laurel as barbara gordon? in the comics larry lance (black canary's father's REAL name not that quinten mess they came up with) was a detective just like in the tv show so same but they made laurel a lawyer instead of a florist. last I checked barbara gordon has never been a lawyer....

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#28 Posted by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

@darkwingdan: they have the same exact name. long story short dinah laurel drake (the original black canary) married larry lance and became dinah laurel lance. when they introduced black canary 2 she was originally suppose to be the original black canary hence why they have the same name but then they introduced the idea of the JSA being on Earth 2 including black canary so to explain away two black canary's they made one the mother and on the daughter. never found out the in story reason why they have the same name (men do it all the time with question so i just go with it)

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#29 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2321 posts) - - Show Bio

@Loki9876 said:

River Song? what are you doing in Arrow?

This just got me to watch the show again XD Hello sweetie aka Melody Pond/river song

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#30 Edited by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

I am glad Arrow is pretty much following the Smallville tv show mythology where there is a current Black Canary and there was also an older Black Canary. In the pre-flashpoint comics, the 2 Black Canaries are differentiated by the names Dinah Drake (black canary 1 married Larry Lance) and Dinah Laurel Lance (black canary 2). At first, there was only 1 Black Canary but as the years marched on, it became hard to say that a young black canary started in the 1940s so in the 1980s, it was decided to say there was an original black canary who died on earth 2 and a daughter who is the current black canary on earth 1. Post-coie reboot, the mother black canary was alive again for a few years then later on died of cancer.

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#32 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1743 posts) - - Show Bio

@darkwingdan said:

Isn't Laurel's first name Dinah as well? I'm pretty sure it was mentioned in an earlier episode that her full name is Dinah Laurel Lance.

IKR? I had to make myself remember there were two :S

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#33 Edited by bsavelli (57 posts) - - Show Bio

@Perfect 10: Just me thinking out loud, maybe I exaggerated. I just said that because her personality reminds me a lot of Babs' in the comics (the independent, always-standing-up-to-herself-and-never-taking-no-for-an-answer kinda person), more even than Dinah's. And now, with this thing of her mother coming back after abandoning her family, it just reminded me of Gail Simone's current Batgirl story arc.

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#34 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Missed it last night! Grrr, well hopefully she does well for it, even if I still wish Laurel would be named Dinah too. Its only right.

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#35 Posted by theMightyMODOK (439 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter said:

Oh wow! She'll be great, I love River.

Seriously? She sucks!

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#36 Posted by Marssolesurvivor (11 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest, whether or not there is a Canary Cry makes no difference to me. Also it has been stated in the show that Laurel's Mother left, not that she died.

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