Samuel L. Jackson’s Advice To Black Canary Actress Jurnee Smollett About Playing A Superhero Is So On Brand

Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
(Image credit: Warner Bros/ Marvel Studios)

Over the past decade the comic book genre has dominated the box office. And as such, countless actors have portrayed superheroes on the big screen. Actress Jurnee Smollett debuted as the DCEU’s Black Canary back in Birds of Prey, and she’ll also be getting a spinoff project on HBO Max. And Samuel L. Jackson’s advice to Smollett about playing a superhero is so on brand.

Samuel L. Jackson has been in the MCU since the very first movie, appearing as Nick Fury in Iron Man’s credits scene. And while he hasn’t worked within the DCEU, Jurnee Smollett asked the legendary actor for some advice with playing Black Canary. She shared Jackson’s A+ advice during a conversation with THR, saying:

I remember calling him and being like, ‘OK, so like, yo, what do I do? Is there a way in which I should approach this any differently than how I would approach any other character? I always do so much research of the world.’ And he said, ‘Baby, just go and piss on your territory.’ So I’ve been just so truly, truly humbled by the response from the fans.

Samuel L. Jackson is known for his unique sense of humor and potty mouth, so this advice is sure to delight his generations of fans out there. Rather than getting specific with the craft of bringing comic book stories to life, Jackson simply told Jurnee Smollett to feel confident and show off her talents. More specifically to piss all over her role in Birds of Prey and beyond. And piss she did.

Jurnee Smollett’s hilarious anecdote about Samuel L. Jackson comes as the actress is promoting her new Netflix movie Spiderhead opposite Chris Hemsworth. Eventually the conversation turned to her role in the DC Extended Universe, which will be expanded with her developing spinoff movie for HBO Max. While she was careful not to reveal anything about said spinoff, Smollett is thrilled with how well received her Black Canary has been.

As previously mentioned, Samuel L. Jackson has been involved in the MCU for over ten years, and his tenure as Nick Fury seemingly isn’t ending anytime soon. He served as the connective tissue of the franchises in Phase One, bringing the team together for the first Avengers movie. Since then he’s appeared in a variety of roles over the last decade and change. Looking ahead, Jackson is expected to star in both Secret Invasion and The Marvels.

As for Jurnee Smollett, the DCEU is far less crossover-heavy than its Marvel counterpart. So while she’ll be getting a spinoff project as Black Canary, it’s unclear if we’ll ever see the character reunite with her fellow Birds of Prey. But if the HBO Max project does well, perhaps that’ll renew Warner Bros.’ interest in that franchise.

Spiderhead is streaming now on Netflix, and the next DC movie hitting theaters is Black Adam on October 21st. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.