Diversity Is in the Air!
The upcoming Birds of Prey movie sparked controversy regarding the future actress set to portray Black Canary. Warner Bros. and DC plan to cast a biracial actress to portray the superheroine.
Accuracy and the Black Canary Legacy
With the plans of casting a biracial actress comes the spark of controversy over comic-book accuracy. Arrow‘s Dinah Drake, Juliana Harvaky, is of mixed race herself. However, this is character’s first big-screen appearance. Black Canary is a legacy from Dinah Drake to her daughter Dinah Laurel Lance. Dinah Drake’s Black Canary is the original, set in the time of World War II and the Golden Age of Heroes. Dinah Lance took the mantle during the Silver Age.
Both mother and daughter are white females with blonde hair. With this in mind, many will have their curiosities piqued on how things will all play out.
Diversity and the Movie
The studio has plans to add some diversity to the team. In addition to that, the plans include the actress having the ability to sing. Rumor has it that this may have been the role that was offered to Lady Gaga, which she ultimately passed on.
At present time, Birds of Prey is currently in development. Chinese-American director Cathy Yan is set to direct the movie. Multiple scripts include Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Batgirl as the main characters. Christina Hodson, known for Bumblebee and Shut In, wrote the scripts. DC’s Birds of Prey will feature Black Canary alongside Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya as part of the heroic lineup, with Batman antagonist Black Mask as the main villain. The studio plans to start production January 2019.
DC Comics Lore
The Birds of Prey are a team of superheroines set to fight crime. Though based in Gotham City, the team is known for international crimefighting. The current comics line-up consists of Black Canary, Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, Hawk, and Dove.
It seems like the DCEU is getting exciting. Diversity? Superheroines and women behind the scenes? A great combination indeed! After all, we live in an age thirsty for more.