After bringing the character of Dinah Lance to life on the big screen for the first time in this year’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell has revealed that she’d reprise the role of Black Canary “in a heartbeat” if the opportunity comes along for her to return to the DC Extended Universe.
“It’s no secret how much I loved playing Black Canary, and [I was] so honored to take on that mantle,” said Smollett-Bell during an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote her coming TV series Lovecraft Country. “I would absolutely do it again if given a chance.”
Given the underwhelming box office returns for Birds of Prey – the film grossing just $202 million worldwide – it’s unlikely that a sequel is anywhere near the top of Warner Bros. and DC Films’ priority list. But of course, that doesn’t mean that Black Canary couldn’t pop up elsewhere in the DCEU, a la Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
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Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) from a script by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) and sees Margot Robbie reprising her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo) as The Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground) as Black Canary, Rosie Perez (Fearless) as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco (Grey’s Anatomy) as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin) as Black Mask, Chris Messina (Sharp Objects) as Victor Zsasz, Ali Wong (Black Box), Robert Catrini (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Steven Williams (The Chi), Dana Lee (Dr. Ken), Francois Chau (The Expanse) and Matthew Willig (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).