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WATCH: Arrow actress announces new Arrowverse spin-off series: Green Arrow and the Canaries

October 22nd, 2019 by Marc Comments

It looks like we now officially know what the next The CW DC TV series will be, thanks to Arrow star Katherine McNamara, who plays Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak’s daughter, Mia Smoak.

The young actress to Twitter (below) last night and announced they were beginning to film the ‘backdoor’ pilot for Green Arrow and the Canaries.

Here’s what she said: “Today’s pretty special; it is the first day of shooting on the backdoor pilot, as it were, of Green Arrow and the Canaries. It’s really exciting. I really don’t know what’s in store, but whatever it is, it’s going to be pretty badass.”

Now, from this we can gather a few things: McNamara’s character is clearly set to become the new Green Arrow after Oliver – star Stephen Amell – wraps up this season. And it seems clear that the Canaries in the title are Juliana Harkavy and Katie Cassidy-Rodgers as Dinah Drake and Laurel Lance, both Black Canaries in the Arrowverse.

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This all makes sense, given that we had heard several times that the new series could be Birds of Prey. This comes pretty close to that.

Where the series will take place is up for question though.

It seems the backdoor pilot – which here means an episode of Arrow (presumably) that will set up the spin-off but does not necessarily mean it will happen – will be one of the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover  episodes and, given that McNamara has been spotted on set with Arrow and Flash stars, it has me pondering if the series will take place during the current (modern-day) timeline of the Arrowverse, or the future timeline of the character of Mia because time-travel is clearly part of the Crisis crossover story.

It has also been rumoured that the spin-off will focus on Batman Beyond, from the DC Animated series, and it’s worth noting that, if the setting of the new series is set in the future, then that story could certainly come into play down the line.

But I want to hear what you all think. Are you excited? Or do you think it’s a bad idea? Let me know, folks…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….