Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary)

blackcanryfilmWe’re almost at the end with Arrow‘s regular cast, and this time we’re speaking of Dinah Laurel Lance, love interest of the protagonist Oliver Queen, portrayed on screen by Katie Cassidy. Her character is quite a popular one in the DC universe, and she’s already had her first live action appearance in the 1979 tv special Legends of the Superheroes, where she was portrayed by Danuta Wesley. In the years, she’s had the face of Rachel Skarsten in the tv series Birds of Prey, and of Alaina Huffman in Smallville, plus some others. So far, the Smallville one is the live action portrayal closest to the comics’ original character, who is better known with her superheroine name Black Canary.

As many other superheroes in the DC Universe, also Black Canary saw her origins changed and retold during the years. At first, the original Black Canary, Dinah Drake, traveled to another dimension, Earth-2, and became a member of the Justice League of America. When the writers decided she looked too old compared to her teammates, they replaced her with a daughter. So, our Black Canary is Dinah Laurel Lance, daughter of the original Canary, Dinah Drake, and of her husband, private detective Larry Lance. Since she was a child, Dinah grew up among blackcanrycomics1superheroes, her mother’s friends, who became like some sort of uncles and aunts for her. Surrounded by the members of the disbanded Justice Society of America, it was quite unavoidable that Dinah expressed her desire of becoming a heroine herself, once a grown up girl. Her mother forbade it, since, according to her, the world had become a much darker and more dangerous place than it used to be when she was fighting crime as the first Black Canary. Destiny wanted that the young girl developed a metagene (the gene that grants superpowers to the DC heroes and villains; in the original story, Dinah’s super voice was the result of the villain Wizard‘s curse over the baby), resulting in her trademark Canary Cry, a super scream that allowed her to actually damage things and people with her voice. Wanting to control her power, Dinah asked her mother’s friends to help her, and, meanwhile, she obtained that Ted Grant, the hero once known as Wildcat, trained her in combat. With full mastery over her Canary Cry, and having developed amazing skills in unarmed combat, Dinah, at nineteen years old, decided to defy her mother’s ban and to become a heroine, taking the Black Canary’s name, costume and identity. She left Gotham City, and in no time she built quite a name for herself, becoming a renowned heroine.

Some time after her heroic debut, Dinah married a regular man, Craig Windrow, but their marriage didn’t last and she divorced a shortly after. In the first years of her crime fighter career, Dinah became a founder member of the Justice League of America, and she was the one who chose the name of the new team, meaning it as a homage to her mother’s JSA. It was in the JLA the Dinah met the hero Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, a man
that soon became one of her closest friends (after a period of mutual dislike), and that, with the years, became something more. From that moment on, the two heroes seldomly parted, and they founded  together the Justice League International (a famous team blackcanrycomics2later led by Batman) and the Hard Traveling Heroes, a small group which consisted in Dinah, Oliver and Hal Jordan, Earth’s Green Lantern. Dinah tried to quit with her hero life when her mother died from a cancer, the result of a radiation exposure during an old battle with the living constellation Aquarius. She left the JLA, the JLI and every other team she was member of, and she moved to Seattle with Oliver, where she started a private business as a florist in her new shop Sherwood Florist. These were difficult years, with Dinah’s relationship with Oliver becoming hard because of his secret sons (and affairs…), the new shop being burned to the ground, her superpowers and her child-bearing capability taken away by some drug dealers through tortures and maiming, and even Green Arrow’s (first) death. She retrieved a motivation when her friend Barbara Gordon, who used to be Batgirl before being crippled by the Joker, invited her to join her women-only supergroup, the Birds of Prey. That proved to be a positive turn in Dinah’s life, who gained trust in herself and in her heroine’s identity, and reestablished an abiding relationship with (a resurrected and rejuvenated) Oliver, who would have soon become her husband.

Dinah Laurel Lance is a strong and obstinate woman, who firmly believes in her skills and capacities and has a good sense of adaptability, which saved her from depression in more than one occasion. As the Black Canary, she is a skilled martial artist, with complete mastery over more than twenty different styles and arts. Her Canary Cry (regained after the brief time she lost it) allows her voice to reach 300 decibels, thus damaging objects and people, a powerful sonic weapons that also makes her control her vocal cords to an extreme degree (she’s able to imitate any voice or sound). Deeply in love with her husband Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, and surrounded by loyal friends and teammates, Black Canary is one of the world’s greatest superheroes, always on the first line in fighting crime.



  1. […] he easily broke free and resumed his plan, this time targeting powerful businessmen. The heroine Black Canary tried to stop him, but she was overpowered and enveloped in a cocoon with the others. One of the […]

  2. […] of Tomorrow trailer…is an old one. We already met Caity Lotz‘s Sara Lance as Laurel‘s cheating sister, who arrives on Lian Yu little after Oliver Queen and who is later […]

  3. […] started hunting the drug traffickers, and they got even worse when two American superheroes, Black Canary and Green Arrow, joined her in her crusade. Since Canary had discovered the connection between […]

  4. […] she wanted him to kill his nemesis, going beyond the edge and (in her dreams) leaving his wife Black Canary and riding towards the sunset with her instead. Green Arrow this time arrived, but he refused to […]

  5. […] by J. R. Ramirez. Grant will be featured as the owner of a box gym, who will teach a vengeful Laurel Lance how to fight, thus starting the events that will lead her to become the new Black Canary. This is […]

  6. […] mentioned in Arrow more than once: in Season 1, he was said to be one of the highest funders of Laurel Lance‘s law firm, but at a certain point he stopped giving money to them, bringing the entire firm […]

  7. […] his discovery of his heroin addiction, Roy ended up abandoning also the Teen Titans, with only Black Canary staying at his side to support him someway. He eventually came out of drugs, and tried to keep the […]

  8. […] a friend of the new, mysterious vigilante of Starling City, the vengeful woman known as The Canary. Following The Arrow‘s orders, Roy Harper follows Sin until she leads him to her friend, […]

  9. […] to Rights introduced another character during the very last minutes: Dinah Drake, mother to Laurel and ex-wife of Quentin Lance. Portrayed by Alex Kingston, it seems that Dinah abandoned her […]

  10. […] and began an on-the-road life with his friend Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern and his girlfriend Dinah Lance aka Black Canary. Left alone, feeling abandoned, Roy developed a heroine addiction, and his […]

  11. […] parents weren’t superheroes. But they were. Oliver Queen, the original Green Arrow, and Dinah Laurel Lance, Black Canary (and Connor’s stepmother) started investigating on the ship, and tracked it […]

  12. […] something that was his by right. Once in Star City, anyway, he was stopped by Green Arrow and Black Canary, with the latter overloading his implant with her sonic Canary Cry. Vertigo was sent to prison, […]

  13. […] between the two occured when one of the formed O.S.S. agents Shado was hunting for kidnapped Black Canary and brutally tortured her. Seeing that Green Arrow’s vengeance was more compelling than her […]

  14. […] Venture (some sort of Injustice Society), and he’s assigned by the Toyman to kill Black Canary. In none of these versions he’s been portrayed in a way true to his comicbook counterpart: […]

  15. […] in some of his adventures. In the time Hilton met Green Arrow, he was teaming up with his wife, Black Canary, and she also became one of Lucas Hilton’s superhero friends. It was during Hilton’s […]

  16. […] member after saving the others from the alien Xandor. As a hero, he also met the superheroine Black Canary, aka Dinah Laurel Lance, who would have become his […]

  17. […] included, and led them in their first robberies. During a fight with the Justice League, anyway, Black Canary destroyed the android with her Canary Cry (her super-powered scream), while Elongated […]

  18. […] the Gang split up the moment their Ace, the android that recruited the team, was destroyed by Black Canary. Such a good team cannot be separated for too long, and soon after the Royal Flush Gang came back […]

  19. […] kill the Yakuza assassin Shado, a skilled Japanese archer. Shado had also kidnapped the heroine Black Canary, and so Green Arrow was on her trail. The agent and the vigilante met while they where both […]

  20. […] character Quentin Lance. In the show, he is a police officer of Starling City and the father of Laurel Lance, Oliver Queen‘s ex girlfriend and actual love interest. He investigates on the masked […]

  21. […] his best friend Hal Jordan (who had become the villain Parallax) and breaking up with his wife Black Canary. During the time he spent in the monastery with the one he didn’t know was his son, Oliver […]

  22. […] his best friend Hal Jordan (who had become the villain Parallax) and breaking up with his wife Black Canary. During the time he spent in the monastery with the one he didn’t know was his son, Oliver […]

  23. […] more powerful everytime one of his plans succeeded. After being defeated by Martian Manhunter and Black Canary, he decided to keep a low profile for a while, waiting to gain absolute mastership over time: with […]

  24. […] defeats: he got beaten by Batman, Hawkman, Elongated Man, The Atom, Air Wave, Green Arrow and Black Canary, becoming renowned as one of the most useless and pitiful villains ever…well, at least until […]

  25. […] She proves to be also a remarkable martial artist, managing to hold her own against Speedy and Black Canary at the same time. As well as her colleagues, Rosie is a secondary villain in the comics, but her […]

  26. […] a special relationship with two in particular, whom she knew from the times she was Batgirl: Black Canary and Huntress, two female heroes who operated in Gotham as well. With the two heroines and Power […]

  27. […] divided into smaller squads with precise tasks, and Blue Beetle was paired with Green Arrow and Black Canary in destroying the satellite’s Dimensional Stabilizer, a device that allowed it to cross […]

  28. […] 52 storyline (so exclusive to the Prime Earth reality)…and she does indeed have ties with Black Canary, even if she’s not exactly a copycat, and she’s also closer to the heroine’s age. […]

  29. […] a path that put on the same path as many superheroes and supervillains, such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Bane, Nightwing, Prometheus and many others, always learning what she could from her masters and […]

  30. […] villains destroyed his reason of life. Sonus was in his home, unaware that just behind his wall Black Canary and the Green Arrow were fighting a super-strong thug named Dregz; during the battle, Black […]

  31. […] a well-known couple in the superhero community: this attracted the attention of Green Arrow and Black Canary, who investigated Biospheer and found out about the dangerousness of Biomax Process. The two heroes […]

  32. […] on a case of abducted students, Black Lightning joined forces with Superman, Batman, Black Canary and Green Arrow, and the latter offered him a place in the Justice League of America when the […]

  33. […] out to be pretty lucky, since the team was short several members who had been kidnapped, and Black Canary had quit: they were both accepted as new members. To celebrate their inclusion in the Justice […]

  34. […] feral strenght and agility, and a mild precognition) to become a vigilante along with Oracle and Black Canary, under the tutelage of Alfred. In the comics, this Huntress is first introduced in a “What […]

  35. […] to apply for the JLI instead: when they arrived to the embassy, the JLI was short on members, with Black Canary quitting the team and many others abducted. They were both taken in, and they continued to fight […]

  36. […] to act as mole. Soon after, an army of villains attacked the wedding ceremony of Green Arrow and Black Canary, and unbeknownst to everyone Everyman was among the crowd. Exploiting the confusion, Hannibal […]

  37. […] something that he immediately accepted. While in the League, he even shared a brief romance with Black Canary, but the thing didn’t last long. When Martian Manhunter left to found another cell, Justice […]

  38. […] Canary in revenge for his father’s death, and is later defeated and arrested by the second Canary, the original’s daughter. Apparently, the Titans‘ version will be closer to the source […]

  39. […] as he was about to lose battle and life, Greg was rescued by three time travelers: Green Arrow, Black Canary and Johnny Thunder with Thunderbolt, who not only rescued him from the attackers, but also brought […]

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