DC's Birds Of Prey Has Found Its Huntress And Black Canary
DC's upcoming all-female crime fighting team just found two of its core members.
Joaquin Phoenix's Joker solo film has been dominating the news cycle with set photos and screen tests but the Clown Queen of Crime is never to be outdone. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn has officially found her teammates Black Canary and Huntress for the upcoming Birds of Prey feature film in Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane). (Update: Our Birds of Prey review is in and among its highly-praised elements is its "fantastic ensemble cast." You can also see what other critics have to say about the Harley Quinn film.)
In the comics, Huntress has had a handful of incarnations. Originally introduced as the son of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, she started off as Helena Wayne. Later, after a series of continuity reboots and multiverse-reshuffles, she became more commonly known as Helena Bertinelli, a Gotham based vigilante with mafia ties and a violent streak--which, based on Margot Robbie's original pitch as the movie being about an "R-Rated girl gang" seems like the most likely incarnation for Winstead to peruse.
Black Canary's history is a bit more complicated. The code name has technically been shared by two women, a mother and daughter duo both named "Dinah" who were mostly merged into one character through the same process of updates, retcons, and reboots that gave Helena her more commonly known history. Traditionally, Dinah is a superhero with the power to use a supersonic "canary cry," a scream capable of deafening its targets and shattering solid objects. She's been everything from a traveling adventurer to a flower shop owner to a singer in a rock band making it a bit more difficult to guess where she's going to end up in the DCEU. "Singer in a rock band," however, seems like a pretty safe bet given the aesthetic Robbie's Quinn seems to be shooting for.
Not much is known about Birds of Prey's relationship to the greater shared universe of the DC films. It's especially uncertain whether or not it will feature cameos from other members of the Suicide Squad like Jared Leto's Joker given the full-steam-ahead production of the Phoenix Joker and the continuing rumors swirling about a Harley-and-Joker duo movie that continue to swirl in the ether. With the DCEU's future in constant upheaval, there always seems to be a decent chance that anything could happen at any time--including multiple film contradictory film timelines all diverging out of the same source material. It's best not to count anything out at this point. Black Mask has yet to be officially cast.
Birds of Prey is set for release in February of 2020 with Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) attached as director.