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Although Warner Bros. announced their main slate of DC Extended Universe entries last October, the studio appears to be gearing up to introduce even more superheroes. Justice League Dark seems to finally be moving ahead, and it was reported two months back that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle may lead their own movie. Now there’s word that Black Canary may be brought to the big screen soon, and we could see her as early as 2017.
Black Canary reportedly could make her DECU debut either in Justice League Part One or 2019’s Justice League Part Two. However, Latino-Review has also heard that, should the character and her actress "perform to expectation," she will also feature in a Birds of Prey movie based on the female-led superhero team. Like the team in the comics, this would pair Black Canary with notable female heroes from the DC universe, like Barbara Gordon (who Jena Malone is rumored to be playing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Huntress, Katana, Lady Blackhawk, and more.
As for who Warner Bros is looking at to play Black Canary, let’s take a look at the two candidates, both of whom share the superheroine’s trademark blonde hair.
First up is model Abbey Lee, who appeared earlier this year as The Dag in Mad Max: Fury Road. Lee will be seen next year playing Anat in Gods of Egypt and Sarah in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon, but she’s still relatively new to her acting career. Shoosing her to play one of the DC universe’s highest profile female heroes might be a risky move, though that’s not to say it couldn’t pay off.
Then there’s Alona Tal, who has a significantly longer acting resume. Although she’s appeared in a few movies here and there, her TV work has been more extensive, with recurring roles on shows like Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Burn Notice, and Hand of God. Should she be cast as Black Canary, this would be her biggest cinematic role since appearing in the 2013 crime drama Broken City.
In the Golden and Silver Ages of the comics, Dinah Drake was the Black Canary, but in the modern era, her daughter, Dinah Laurel Lance, has owned the mantle. In addition to being a skilled martial artist, she is also infamous for her "Canary Cry," a sonic scream that can take out opponents and wreak havoc with certain weapons. While Black Canary has yet to be seen on the big screen, she has already been seen several times in live action on television, and is currently being played by Katie Cassidy on the CW series Arrow.
Should this report turn out to be legit, we could see Black Canary make her theatrical debut as soon as Justice League Part One, which hits theaters November 17, 2017.