Warner Bros. has quite a few different DC projects in the works, but it looks like its fast-tracking Birds of Prey. The movie will team up Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn with DC heroes Huntress and Black Canary, both of whom were cast this week. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be taking on the role of Huntress while Jurnee Smollett-Bell landed Black Canary. We've still got a while before we see any stills of the two in costume, but the internet is wasting little time to fill in the gap. Check out this fan rendering of Smollett-Bell as Black Canary.
There's never any shortage of fan art when it comes to superhero movies, and we can expect a wave of Birds of Prey art to hit the web before the movie starts releasing its content. Until then, one Redditor by the name of IamTsukasa as shared their take on Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. The art takes heavy inspiration from Arrow's version of the character over on the CW. (In fact, it might be the same costume. The Arrow Cave is used as a background). Regardless, this is a decent look at what Smollett-Bell could look like, but I think that the movie costume won't take much inspiration from the CW.
Black Canary has gone through a few different costumes (and origins) in the comics, but the majority typically involve fishnet stockings. It'll be interesting to see what direction the movie takes it, as Black Canary -- like many female superheroes -- has a history of being sexed up in the comics, and I doubt fans want to see that reflected in a major motion picture.
For those who may not be familiar, Black Canary is a street-level superhero in DC Comics. She's one of the best martial artists around, and she possesses a sonic blast that she calls her "Canary Cry." Her origin can be a bit complicated, as she has been rebooted and retconned a few times. At one point she was a founder of the Justice League, and at another, she was the daughter of the first Black Canary and picked up her mantle. She's usually romantically linked to Green Arrow, forming one of DC's power couples. Additionally, she's a frequent member of the Birds of Prey, an all-female crime-fighting team.
Very little is known about the plot of Birds of Prey, but it will be Black Canary's debut in the DCEU. Cathy Yan will direct based on a script written by Christina Hodson. Warner Bros. is eyeing a release date of February 7, 2020. For more movie news and updates, be sure to stick with CinemaBlend, and we'll keep you posted as soon as that information is available.