'Arrow' Season 2 casts the Black Canary ... but it's not Katie Cassidy

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"Arrow" fans have been expecting anxiously awaiting the day that Dinah "Laurel" Lance (Katie Cassidy) dons her iconic fishnets to take on her DC comics alter ego superhero, the Black Canary. Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg have hinted in the past that when/if Laurel does become the Black Canary, it would only happen when it was earned -- meaning we might have to wait a couple more seasons before it happens. 

But it seems like maybe the EP's were misleading us, because this lastest bit of "Arrow" casting news has us scratching our heads. 

"Arrow" has just cast the Black Canary for Season 2 ... but it's not the already-series-regular Cassidy. Actress Caity Lotz has joined the cast for Season 2 to play the Black Canary -- who is the alter-ego of Dinah Drake Lance in the comics (not to be confused with Cassidy's Dinah Laurel Lance on the show), The Wrap reports. The "Mad Men" star will start out as a recurring role, but is expected to become a series regular as her character will be set up as a love interest for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).

But here's some good news for fans who were excited to see Cassidy as the Black Canary: Lotz will not be playing the Black Canary's alter-ego, Dinah Drake, TV Guide reports. "There's been a bit of misinformation printed out there and what I would say is, yes, Caity Lotz is joining the show in a recurring role and we're really excited," Kreisberg said. "She's a tremendously talented actress. The character she's playing is really the beginning of the story of the Black Canary ... We're really excited for the fans to go on the journey with us. So much of our show is about defying expectations, meeting expectations, and exceeding expectations, and we really want our fans to experience the show by watching it and enjoying it and enjoying all the twists and turns and surprises the way we intend."

Kreisberg assured fans that this doesn't mean Cassidy's Laurel won't become the Black Canary in the future. "Everything about our show is about origins and evolution," Kreisberg said. "When we met Deathstroke, everyone automatically assumed it was Slade Wilson [Manu Bennett] in the mask, but then we revealed we met Slade Wilson later. With Tommy [Colin Donnell], we thought that that was Merlyn, but Tommy was really the beginning of the Merlyn story because we saw how it evolved to John Barrowman and beyond. Oliver himself, when we first meet him, he's not the Green Arrow yet. The series itself is an evolution of this character."

And as for Laurel's journey to becoming the Black Canary, Kreisberg wants fans to be patient. "Everyone knows that Laurel Lance is the Black Canary. That's the way it is in the comic books, but how we get from A to B is the story of our show," Kreisberg said. "In the same way that Oliver, when we meet him, is the vigilante, but this season he's going to becoming the Arrow, that's the step of his journey to eventually becoming the Green Arrow. Laurel Lance right now is a lawyer with a lot of heart and a lot of humanity and courage. But it takes more than that to put on the mask and go out and fight crime. Our series is the evolution of that. People will see how Caity Lotz fits into Laurel's journey along the way. For us, it's very emotional and surprising and exciting. I would say to everybody, we haven't let you down so far. Keep going on this ride with us."

Zap2it reached out to The CW for confirmation, but did not hear back at this time.

Throughout the first season of "Arrow," there were a few easter egg hints that Laurel would indeed become the Black Canary at some point in the future. She and Oliver joked about her Halloween costume a few years prior that included black fishnets, and there were mentions that her sister owned a black canary as a pet when they were kids.

This Season 2 casting news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that cult favorite actress Summer Glau will take on the role of Isobel Rochev, a Queen family friend and also a speculative love interest for Oliver. Looks like he'll have his hands full with potential love interests this season, especially since his relationship with Laurel is still up in the air.

What do you think of this latest casting news, "Arrow" fans? Are you excited to see someone else take on the Black Canary, or are you disappointed that Cassidy's Laurel won't be the legendary superhero ... for now? 

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