Now that the new Black Canary, Dinah Drake, seems to have become a permanent member of Team Arrow and a regular fixture over on ‘Arrow,’ fans have been wondering whether this means there could be a possible romance between her and Oliver, which would match up with the comics where there has always been a romance between the Canary and the Green Arrow. It has been a source of discussion with the show almost since its inception, when fans pushed for Oliver and Laurel Lance to be an item solely because of her name and potential to become the Black Canary, despite the fact that the show was clearly aiming to put Oliver and Felciity Smoake together (not to mention the lack of chemistry between stars Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy). Now the question is back, and Amell has his own opinion on whether his character should become romantically entangled with the new girl:
“The idea that Oliver would end up with the Black Canary being Katie Cassidy or any new iteration thereof? To me, it could happen, it could not, but it’s certainly not destined to happen or pre-designed to happen. There have been feuding factions in the fan base — people that call upon the comics and people that have lived in the universe of the show. I would say that we try to find a happy medium for both, try to live in the universe that the show has created where characters that weren’t a part of the Green Arrow mythos have become completely indispensable. There are elements that you find in a TV show that make the show what they are, and that became Oliver’s relationship between Felicity and Diggle — one character that’s completely original in terms of John Diggle, an ode to Andy Diggle, who wrote ‘Year One,’ and Felicity Smoak, who was plucked from the far reaches of the DC universe. Thea Queen also does not exist in the comics and I think that’s all stuff that’s important to remember.”
Personally, I see more happening between John Diggle and Dinah at the moment, despite the fact that he’s happily married to Lyla, but who knows with ‘Arrow.’ She and Oliver to me seem more like colleagues, but that could change very quickly, though it would be very weird with Felicity around with all of her history with Oliver. What are your thoughts on an Oliver/ Dinah relationship on the show? Do you think they’re still holding out for Oliver and Felicity to get back together? Share your thoughts on the romantic future of the Green Arrow in the comments section below!
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