Fan favorite Batman villain Harley Quinn made her theatrical debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, played by Margot Robbie. Though the film wasn’t very well-received, Robbie’s performance was praised. Robbie’s Quinn is set to return in the sequel/reboot film The Suicide Squad in 2021, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. But before that, Quinn will join another DC team in a completely different film.
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Coming February 2020, Robbie will star and executive produce Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film sees Harley Quinn trying to live her life without the Joker beside her. She discovers that a young Cassandra Cain, who will eventually become Batwoman, is being threatened by the villainous gangster Black Mask. She teams up with other female DC superheroes to rescue her.
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Warner Bros. released the first official poster for the film on Twitter:
The film is based on the superhero team of the same name, comprised almost entirely of females. Though the members have rotated over the years, the most well-known members of the team are Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and several others.
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The theatrical Birds of Prey team consists of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Gotham City police officer Renee Montoya. Ewan McGregor will be playing Black Mask.
Black Canary is one of the DC Universe’s most iconic heroines. The character first appeared in 1947, slowly growing through the ages to become a self-assured, independent character. Her power is a ‘canary cry’, a supersonic scream, powerful enough to shatter windows. The current and most iconic Black Canary is Dinah Lance, who has appeared in such works like Arrowand Justice League. Black Canary has been consistently seen as a superhero icon and a feminist role model to the comic book fanbase’s female culture. This latest book puts a new spin on the character for a new generation, written by a famous author.
According to Bustle, The Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot is writing a new Black Canary comic book, with art by Over the Garden Wallartist Cara McGee. The story will focus on a younger Dinah Lance, who is a brash, fun loving thirteen-year-old girl whose powers slowly begin to develop, manifesting in things she doesn’t mean to do, like shattering glass or knocking people over with her supersonic voice. Meg Cabot hopes the comic will resonate with younger readers, hence making Dinah a middle-schooler and making her face the same problems they do. The character’s typical costume, fishnets and a leotard, was also changed for this reason. Hence, her costume is this comic looks like something a kid could design themselves and make them know they could be a hero too, just like Dinah.
The novel is titled Black Canary: Ignite, and will be part of the DC Universe’s new imprint, DC Zoom, which will also have other titles focusing on younger iterations of their classic hero gallery: such as Mera: Tidebreaker, Wonder Woman: Tempest, and Batman: Gotham High. These stories, like Black Canary: Ignite, will be under a YA imprint and hopefully inspired younger readers with their tales.
The book is due November 5th! Check it out or better yet, buy it for your kids. Go, Dinah, go!