When Jurnee Smollett debuted as the Black Canary in the 2020s Birds of prey, the role was immediately received with ubiquitous praise for his bold portrayal of the comic book antihero. Discussions quickly began to abound regarding a spin-off project focused solely on the superhero. While the first movie centered around the emancipation of Harley Quinn, it also shed light on DC’s lesser-known (though fabulously skilled) female characters.
Following the end of this project, Smollett’s journey as the Black Canary is currently not just a requirement but a necessity for the expansion of the DCU and to greatly increase the roster of characters who could go on to play influential roles in Zaslav. story to come.
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Jurnee Smollett’s journey as the Black Canary in the DCEU
It’s been a long time since these many DC talks have occupied the modern landscape of film and TV series. With the rebranding, restructuring, and direction of the DCEU fire under David Zasav, James Gunn, and Peter Safran, the franchise has had a facelift as well as new minds to design the bodily expanse of DC Films characters. Among them, the Jurnee Smollett-led black canary the movie took a long time to come.
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On the go for the promotion of the sci-fi thriller 2022, spider headJurnee Smollett was excited to reprise her role as Dinah Lance in a solo black canary released under the DC umbrella.
“I’m so incredibly excited about a number of things that I can’t talk about. I mean, I’m excited, that’s what I can say. I can’t wait to explore a lot… I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface with Black Canary. And she’s one of the most dope martial artists in the DC Universe. It’s something that’s a real challenge in my head that I’m just excited about being able to explore further and further and further and further.
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David Zaslav’s strict and ambitious cutback to projects and his focused approach to DC had yet to take hold at the time of the interview. Smollett’s excitement could then be attributed to behind-the-scenes progress with his solo film which was in development under the care of screenwriter Misha Green.
Fans react to James Gunn-Jurnee Smollett’s Twitter activity
Announced in August 2021 as an exclusive HBO Max film, black canary was scheduled to enter production no later than 2022. However, the April 2022 merger had halted many projects in development and the current appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-chairmen of DC Films has seen a shift in direction. momentum of these interrupted shots.
Recent Twitter activity indicates that Gunn and Smollett have taken turns on the online platform, sparking rumors about the revival of the black canary film.
James Gunn and Jurnee Smollett took over. 👀 pic.twitter.com/xPS471IWsO
— Home of DCU (@homeofdcu) November 9, 2022
Gunn already put a reference to Green Arrow in Peacemaker, so it’s possible he wants to adapt his romance with Canary.
— Hotty_Venom🇪🇺🇮🇹🎃 (@Lorenzo74209291) November 9, 2022
It’s sweet and intriguing how everything Gunn does is a theory for something big to come.
— !srael (he/him) (@Isra3lit) November 9, 2022
Welp, here are my hopes for Black Canary…
– You Useless Individual (@3nd_m3_plz) November 9, 2022
However, the other side of the debate on the advent of black canary take a look at the dark side of things. Given the updated state of the DCU and Zaslav’s focus on all the great Justice League superhero movies, smaller shows like these could easily get lost in formative conversations about the world building. As such, Jurnee Smollett recently revealed that she has no updates on the film – “I can’t even confirm or deny what you just said” — when asked black canarythe progression of in an episode of The Cut’s In his shoes podcast.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn) is available to stream on HBO Max.