Mia Queen actress, Katherine McNamara has expressed her heartbreak over The CW's sudden decision to cancel Green Arrow and the Canaries.
Actress Katherine McNamara, who played Mia Queen in the Arrow spinoff, Green Arrow and the Canaries, expresses her heartbreak over The CW's decision to cancel the highly anticipated show. Green Arrow and the Canaries story was planted as a "backdoor pilot" in the Arrow series finale and was intended to be a continuation of the Arrow universe with Mia Queen taking up her father's mantle as the new Green Arrow.
The final episode of Arrow season 8 uses its closing moments to reveal Mia Queen's return to Star City in 2040 after time traveling to attend her father's funeral in 2020. Green Arrow and the Canaries would have been set in Star City in 2040 and follow the future adventures of Mia and the Black Canaries, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). With the news of the show's cancellation, however, what roles (if any) Mia, Laurel, and Dinah will now have in the Arrowverse is unclear.
Katherine McNamara took to Twitter after The CW announced the cancellation to share her heartbreak over the news. McNamara's journey on Arrow began when she first appeared in several flash forward scenes in season 7 before continuing as a series regular throughout the eighth and final season. McNamara clearly became attached to the role and likely thought she would have the chance to play Mia for some time. You can read McNamara's full tweet, below:
Prior to The CW's cancellation of Green Arrow and the Canaries, McNamara had frequently expressed her love for Arrow and Mia Queen and wished to continue playing the character in the Arrowverse. Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim seems to echo those sentiments, retweeting a post about hoping to see more of McNamara, Cassidy, and Harkavy in the Arrowverse with the comment, "Co-signed". Recent years have seen Guggenheim step back from the Arrowverse and he currently only serves as an executive producer on Legend of Tomorrow. Still, he may be able to use his influence to get Mia and the Canaries at least a guest spot on Legends or another CWverse show (as the Arrowverse is now officially called since Arrow ended).
After the mourning over the loss of Green Arrow and the Canaries among cast, crew, and fans alike, it has not been explicitly stated why The CW is not proceeding with the show. Many feel that The CW is passing up a great opportunity to move forward with a female-led superhero ensemble that could do quite well given the success of Arrow and the entire Arrowverse. It's too early to know where McNamara or Mia Smoak could appear again in the Arrowverse, but it'd be disappointing if McNamara and her co-stars aren't invited back in the near future.