There are rumors that DC's Birds of Prey movie will actually include a big-screen adaptation of Black Canary. Although the character is strongly associated with the Birds of Prey brand, up until now, there hasn't been any actual news or rumors alluding to her involvement.
Featuring Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey will reportedly start filming in early 2019. That means this film should be the next DC movie to hit theaters after the release of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2, and it's an approach that makes sense. Although Suicide Squad proved rather divisive, Robbie's performance as Harley Quinn was universally praised, and Warner Bros. is keen on seeing Robbie return to the DCEU. Right now, little is known about the film, although there are a score of rumors - including that the main villain is the Penguin.
According to Omega Underground, Black Canary will appear in Birds of Prey. However, it's worth taking the news with a grain of salt as her involvement hasn't been confirmed. And since there haven't been any character breakdowns or casting calls yet, a lot could change for Birds of Prey between now and when production gets underway. It would be something of a surprise to see Black Canary switch gears from Gotham City Sirens to Birds of Prey, implying that the primary leads in this movie will still be superheroes. Given reports in January that Gotham City Sirens has been pulled, it's possible the two concepts have been merged to an extent.
Although the DCEU was technically born with 2013's Man of Steel, it didn't actually get underway until Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice released in 2016, which proved to be even more divisive than his Superman origin story. Unfortunately, not much changed when Suicide Squad released, which was a victim of choppy editing and a poor villain. The first real success in the DCEU was 2017's Wonder Woman. That film delighted viewers and critics alike, and the studio is no doubt hoping there'll be more successes down the road. With a mostly-female cast - and reportedly a potential all-female crew as well - Birds of Prey could be another hit, should Warner Bros. commission a decent script.
Fans of the comics will be relieved to hear that the movie will remain close to the source material, at least with regard to its character lineup. In the comics, the Birds of Prey concept was originally a loose team-up between Black Canary and Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl. While the team expanded to include characters like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk, the idea of a Birds of Prey movie without Black Canary just didn't quite seem right. This film will stand or fall on the quality of its character dynamics. As such, if Black Canary is indeed part of Birds of Prey, then Warner Bros. will need to be careful to choose the right actress.
Source: Omega Underground
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