After joining in season five, it was previously announced that Juliana Harkavy was being upped to a series regular for season six of Arrow as Dinah Drake, the new Black Canary. Now she’s getting a wardrobe upgrade as well.
The brand new costume was revealed by Entertainment Weekly as they spoke to executive producer & showrunner Wendy Mericle about the new costume, what sets it apart from the previous two Black Canary versions & where things will go with Dinah in the new season this fall.
I can tell you what my favorite parts of it are and what I think it says about the character. Last season, she wasn’t a full fledged superhero, you could say. She was, she had this power, she had this ability, she was part of the team, but really what this costume signifies more than anything is that she is now a full-fledged member of the team. She was before. But she’s now owning it in a different way. We had talked about having the costume at various points last season and it never felt right. It felt that we wanted to save it for a special occasion, and the premiere seemed like a really good place to do it. She needs something tactical. She has this meta power, but she also has the bo staff, so we just felt it was right for her to have something that was definitely more than a nod to the DCU character, but also something that was distinctive from what we’ve seen before. This really fits the bill. Maya Mani, as usual, did an amazing job with it. My favorite part is actually the subtle hint of the gold and yellow lines in it.
Arrow season six premieres October 12 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on The CW.