Birds of Prey won’t just bring back Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, but will pair the Clown Princess up with various other fan favorite heroines from the DC universe as well. Most recognizable to fans will be Dinah Lance/Black Canary, as played in the movie by Jurnee Smollett-Bell. And while BoP seems to have a style and sensibility all its own, we believe that it’ll still hark back to elements of the classic comic book character.
We Got This Covered has been informed by our sources – the same ones who told us Black Mask will be gay in the film, and that Black Adam will be in Shazam! 3, both of which have been confirmed – that Black Canary will use her Canary Cry in the movie. From this, we can presumably infer that Dinah will be a metahuman in the DCEU, as per her usual comic book portrayal. This might not be the case, though, as Arrow‘s original take on Laurel Lance had an artificial version of her sonic soundwaves power. Birds of Prey does seem pretty grounded as well, with no other superpowered characters involved as far as we know.
In any case, the rest of the Birds’ line-up consists of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli/Huntress and Rosie Perez’s Renee Montoya. The gang will come together to rescue Ella Jay Basco’s Cassandra Cain from Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask. Even the villain will be toned down for the movie though, with set photos revealing that his classic skull mask will be replaced with a sleeker model that covers his eyes. However, we have heard that Black Canary will get a comic-accurate costume at some point.
Birds of Prey is about to head back into production for some pretty significant reshoots. John Wick director Chad Stahelski has been brought in to redo the film’s action scenes, with Cathy Yan moved over to second unit duties. Warner Bros. is apparently not happy with the initial cut, while fans are getting worried, too, after leaked plot details suggest that McGregor’s character might be treated as an offensive stereotype. Hopefully it’ll all pull together, though, in time for Birds of Prey‘s release on February 7th, 2020.