Arrow spin-off Green Arrow and the Canaries not moving forward at the CW
Green Arrow and the Canaries has flown the coop.
EW has confirmed that the CW is not moving forward with the female-fronted Arrow spin-off series. The news is hardly a surprise as it's been a full year since the backdoor pilot aired as Arrow season 8's penultimate episode with no word on a series order, but now it's official.
The potential Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off starred the all-female vigilante team of Katherine McNamara as Mia Queen/the new Green Arrow, and Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy as the Canaries. Set in 2040, the backdoor pilot written by Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship, and Oscar Balderrama saw Earth-2's Laurel Lance (Cassidy) traveling to the crime-free Star City of the future to recruit a time-displaced Dinah Drake (Harkavy) and Mia — Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak's (Emily Bett Rickards) adult daughter — for a mission to save the city and the timeline.
Guggenheim revealed on Twitter that the decision not to move forward with Green Arrow and the Canaries was made back in early 2020, citing the pandemic as possibly "the deciding factor."
By the end of the backdoor pilot, many new questions were raised that unfortunately won't be answered now that it isn't going to series, like how Dinah of 2020 got to the future after she was last seen on a motorcycle heading to Metropolis in Arrow's series finale, as well as who kidnapped William (Ben Lewis) and why the villain in the Deathstroke mask had a tattoo that matched the etchings on the Queen family's hōzen.
The CW's Arrowverse will continue on, however, in The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl's final season, the upcoming new series Superman & Lois, Black Lightning's final season, Black Lightning spin-off centered on Jordan Calloway's Painkiller, a Wonder Girl series, and Ava DuVernay's Naomi series.
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