Last month, it was revealed that an ‘Arrow’ spin-off was in the works, set to star Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance), and Juliana Harkavy (Dinah Drake). Now we know that the potential series will be named ‘Green Arrow and the Canaries’, as revealed last week when Marc Guggenheim shared a mock comic book cover of the three potential female leads, with that title emblazoned across the top.
#Arrow‘s final season bows today, so it feels appropriate to share this glimpse of its future. Many thanks to @DCComics @manulupac @DaveMcCaig & Brett Breeding for this stunning art. #TheFutureIsFemale@Kat_McNamara @MzKatieCassidy @JulianaHarkavy @SchwartzApprovd @ojbalderrama pic.twitter.com/i6H0WEZAEn
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) October 15, 2019
Now, Katherine McNamara has taken to Twitter as well, to share a video in which she announced that filming of the “backdoor pilot” had commenced. Basically, the creators of ‘Arrow’ including Guggenheim and showrunner Beth Schwartz, are using one of the final episodes of ‘Arrow’ to showcase these characters, in hopes that The CW will order ‘Green Arrow And The Canaries’ as an ongoing series for next fall. Schwartz and Guggenheim penned this episode along with Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama. Should this show become an ongoing series, Schwartz will act as showrunner.
This gathering is unexpected. If any group of characters were going to be featured in a spin-off, the most logical group would be Mia, with William (Ben Lewis), Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones), and John Diggle Jr. (Charlie Barnett) set in 2040. But since they are not going in that direction, it should be interesting to see how if this show will still be set in 2040, or if somehow adult Mia travels back to the present to team with Laurel and Dinah when they are still in their prime. Of course, the fact that a time and reality-warping crossover event is coming up should help facilitate that.
Speaking of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the fact that the cast and crew of ‘Arrow’ are working on a different episode would seem to indicate that filming of that massive event is complete! So look forward to that in December.
It’s unclear whether this backdoor pilot will air before or after that. It sort of seemed that ‘Arrow’ was going to end with that big crossover, but maybe there are a few more episodes that will arrive after the New Year.
What do you think of an ongoing series featuring Mia and the Canaries?