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Legends of Tomorrow Admits the Arrowverse Has a Canary Problem

The Earth-Prime Legends of Tomorrow comic made a tongue-in-cheek reference to just how many versions of Black Canary came to populate the Arrowverse.

Warning: Spoilers for Earth-Prime: Legends of Tomorrow #3 ahead!

The third issue of DC Comics’ Earth-Prime series centering on Legends of Tomorrow acknowledges that the Arrowverse houses so many versions of Black Canary, it’s become canonically confusing. This may seem an odd complaint given that Black Canary fans are used to there being more than one Black Canary (due to being one of the few mother-daughter legacies in American comics). The Arrowverse Canary legacy, however, is infinitely more complicated, with five specific versions of Black Canary being depicted on-screen so far.

In most versions of the DC Universe, Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance did not meet until they were both established superheroes. Arrow opened with a dramatically different origin story for its version of Dinah Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), who was depicted as an idealistic young lawyer and Oliver Queen’s long-suffering girlfriend. The showrunners’ original plan was to slowly develop Laurel into the Black Canary of the comics, but that changed when the show proved popular and there was an immediate demand to put Black Canary on-screen. This led to the development of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Laurel’s younger sister who had been lost at sea on the same voyage that shipwrecked Oliver Queen, into the assassin Ta-er al-Sahfer, or The Canary.

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Laurel became Black Canary in Arrow season 3 to avenge her sister’s murder, only to be replaced in Arrow season 5 by former police officer Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) following Laurel’s death at the hands of Damien Darhk. To further confuse matters, Sara returned from the dead and became White Canary, as Laurel’s evil Earth-2 doppelganger, Black Siren, came to Earth-1 and sought redemption as the third Black Canary. There was also, in one alternate future centered around Star City 2038, an entire Canary Network of heroines, including Zoe Ramirez (Eliza Faria), the daughter of the hero Wild-Dog. While this all makes sense within the Arrowverse, the history is somewhat confusing out of context. The Earth-Prime: Legends of Tomorrow comic acknowledged the complicated nature of the Canary legacy, as Sara Lance met some other retired Legends for a drink in Star City 2049.

As the Legends of the Future discussed their lives and bragged on their children, Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) spoke of how their daughter was getting ready to become a superhero using the name Hawkwoman. The idea of Hawkwoman being Hawkgirl’s daughter struck most of the assembled Legends as a bit confusing, but Hawkgirl defended the choice saying she never felt the need to change her name, noting that Wally West was still called Kid Flash after several decades. Sara said that she understood that logic, noting that there were three different Canaries running around Star City in 2049 and that two of them shared a codename.

The identity of this third Canary was not revealed. It’s possible Sara was referring to herself as one of the Canaries of the future Arrowverse, though it was implied in the Earth-Prime comic that she was no longer an active superhero. It’s also possible that the new Canary might also be Sara’s future daughter, who was teased in the penultimate episode of Legends of Tomorrow season 7. In any case, the Black Canary legacy is still strong in the future Arrowverse.

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