I love the show Arrow — even down to Oliver’s constant brooding. However, there is one character on the show that drives me insane. I liked her at first, I really did. It seemed like she was eventually going to be one of the coolest female heroines in the DC universe. Yet, I can’t love her character on the show. After photos of her in an upcoming episode were released, my feelings were thrown in turmoil again. (Warning: spoilers for upcoming plot details follow!)
(As with all Cringeworthy characters, I do not judge actors and actresses. Just the characters.)
Who is She?
Dinah Laurel Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary, is superheroine created by DC Comics. She is played by Kate Cassidy on The CW’s Arrow. She is the assistant district attorney of Starling City and the sister of Sara Lance, the first Black Canary on the show. Laurel has a strong sense of justice which either leads her to putting away the bad guy or getting into serious trouble. It’s usually the latter.
Laurel is an independent woman who puts away bad guys with the law. She is one tough cookie. Laurel believes in doing the right thing and standing up for the the citizens of Starling City. She not only defends people with the law but she can kick a little booty as well. Her ability to not panic in the crazy world of Starling City is commendable. Laurel knows how to stand up to bad guys and Oliver’s whims. She doesn’t back down from challenges, either. Laurel is destined to be the future Black Canary which adds to her character credentials.
I really liked Laurel during season one. Now, I can’t garner enough sympathy about her character to care. She claims she wants to protect people but it seems to me she keeps putting them in danger. I know she wants to avenge her sister but she has made a mess of it so far. She went after Sebastian Blood without really thinking it out. Look how that turned out. She lets her demons take over time and time again. She is the damsel in distress way too much. That gets annoying very quickly. Furthermore, her character has evolved from doing what is best to getting what she wants, no matter what. She wants to be a vigilante like her sister now. I am already cringing at the thought. Her character’s on-and-off relationship with Oliver was hard to watch, too. I didn’t want them together. When you compare this version of Laurel (Dinah) to the comics, my nerdy soul weeps a little.