Arrow recently introduced the character of Dinah Drake, the original Black Canary in the DC Universe, as she is going to be the one to carry on Laurel Lance’s legacy. The Walking Dead’s Juliana Harkavy made her debut in the mid-season premiere as the mysterious character of “Tina Boland” before revealing her real name in the following episode. Collider recently spoke with Harkavy about joining the series, the audition process, Dinah getting closer to suiting up as Black Canary and more.
To begin with, when she auditioned for Dinah Drake, it was apparently not revealed that she was auditioning for Dinah specifically as the sides described her character as a tough vigilante and more. Once she got the news, it was when it became clear what role she had landed.
“They actually didn’t tell me much until I had already booked it. And then, I got this phone call that was like, “Okay, sit down . . .” When I got the sides, it just described her as a tough vigilante, and it showed her in the field fighting, and then having a vulnerable moment. I was only able to see that she was a very dynamic and strong character. That was really all I knew. It was only after that, that I got the news.”
Harkavy also teased what is coming for Dinah as we get further into Season 5B and her growing as a hero with Team Green Arrow.
“Well, I can say that she basically just becomes more and more of a bad-ass. She just keeps getting better and better, on the whole, because she is with this group of people. You’re going to see her open up more, and you’re going to see her grow. Physically, as a character, she’s going to transform, but she’s also going to emotionally transform.”
The recent episode featured Dinah putting on Laurel’s mask as she joined Oliver in the fight against China White, Cupid and Liza Warner. While she isn’t in a costume right now, she wouldn’t say when we can expect to see her suit up, although Harkavy is enjoying the mask for sure.
“Well, we don’t have a costume quite yet, but the mask was amazing. Even though it’s just a little mask that goes over my eyes, it was a full head cast. It was amazing, watching yourself transform. It was very cool! I want everything she wears. Our wardrobe department is so incredible. They have incredible taste. I want to buy her entire wardrobe.
“Fighting Fire with Fire” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
VIGILANTE ATTACKS MAYOR QUEEN – Oliver (Stephen Amell) faces his biggest challenge yet as mayor. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) continues down her dark path with Helix. After Vigilante attacks Oliver while he’s acting as the mayor, Diggle (David Ramsey) leads the team in a mission to stop Vigilante once and for all. Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski (#515). Original airdate 3/1/2017.”
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