But Cassidy doesn't need to be a comic book expert to get excited about her "Arrow" character's inevitable transformation into the crime-fighting judo expert Black Canary. She just needs to enjoy getting her hands dirty — and possibly fishnet stockings.
"It's something I've been looking forward to," Cassidy said over the phone last week while on a beach in Malibu, Calif. "I've definitely started preparing myself, as I know my character will turn into Black Canary at some point, but I don't know when, exactly. Physically I'm trying to get in the best shape possible. I'm looking forward to the fight training."
Cassidy — who filmed the 2010 remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in the Chicago area — will appear Saturday at Self magazine’s Workout in the Park at
"It's so much fun," Cassidy said. "It makes it more realistic. But insurance-wise, there are limits on what we can do."
"Arrow" revolves around the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow, a billionaire playboy who fights crime and corruption using a bow and arrow (or, as many have described him, Batman-meets-Robin Hood). There's no word on how Black Canary will be introduced, but executive producer Andrew Kreisberg did say at the TV-centric PaleyFest in March the transition needs to be earned and not just be the result of having a bad day.
Predicting the success of the series, which returns for Season 2 in October, would have been difficult early on considering DC Comics has had mixed results with live-action TV shows in the last 25 years. The Superman-inspired “Smallville” lasted 10 seasons on The WB (which became The CW during the show’s run), but
It probably didn't help that "Arrow" was asking notoriously fickle comic book fans to tune in to a network known for female-targeted programming such as "The Vampire Diaries," "America's Next Top Model" and the "90210" remake.
“They can be intimidating,” Cassidy said of comic book fans. “They’re die-hard fans that know all about the (Green Arrow) world. I’m willing to learn as much as I can. Luckily, Andrew is a die-hard comic book fan, so we have an expert making sure we stick to the right story. Plus, we insert
Before “Arrow,” Cassidy’s TV work involved roles on TV shows that lasted only one season, such as
"I'm very grateful to be there," Cassidy said. "It makes me excited to go to work every day."