Following her resurrection and soul restoration on Arrow, Sara Lance decided that she wanted leave her crimefighting life behind for a bit to explore her new lease on life. However, she won’t be able to relish the calm for long, as she is one of the many characters that time traveler Rip Hunter will recruit for Legends of Tomorrow next year. While keeping all of time safe from an immortal madman is certainly a good enough reason to go adventuring again, we’ve now learned another reason why she’ll enter this next stage of her superhero life.

Caity Lotz attributes Sara becoming the White Canary to her sister Laurel Lance, and explained to EW that when we see her in Legends of Tomorrow, she won’t be quite as hardcore as she’s been in previous seasons. Lotz said:
She’s a little more easy going, a little more lighthearted. She’s seen it all. That has brought a little bit of a lightness to her. She’s not quite as heavy as she was. She can’t really take everything so seriously anymore.

To say Sara’s been through a lot on Arrow would be an understatement. First she dealt with Anthony Ivo and Slade Wilson’s wraths during the Arrow Season 2 flashbacks, then she carried out killing people for the League of Assassins. And on top of all that, she was killed by a mind-controlled Thea Queen and remained dead for over a year. While Sara will never get rid of all her emotional baggage, this lightness should help her take the next step forward in her (second) life and move away from her dark past.

We saw Laurel, a.k.a. Black Canary, tell her in the Legends trailer from several weeks back that she’s lived in the shadows long enough, and that she should “be a hero in the light.” Being White Canary is her way of accomplishing this, which will help work alongside her new allies

When Legends of Tomorrow kicks off, Sara will team up with Rip Hunter, The Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Firestorm (made up of Martin Stein and Jefferson Jackson), Hawkgirl and Hawkman to defeat Vandal Savage across different time periods. As seen in various action shots from the previews, her fighting skills will come in handy when dealing with threats in these various eras. However, like Thea, she is dealing with the bloodlust left from her resurrection in the Lazarus Pit, meaning that she needs to kill someone every so often to let it subside. Given the rule about not “stepping on butterflies” while in the past, let’s hope she can keep those urges in check and not kill anyone, thus not accidentally rewriting the present.

Legends of Tomorrow premieres on Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.

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