After weeks of speculation and rumour, Warner Bros. has finally announced the actresses who will be playing Huntress and Black Canary in the anticipated DC film Birds of Prey!
Deadline has reported that Scott Pilgrim vs the World and 10 Cloverfield Lane star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has scooped the role of Huntress, while Underground actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell is set to play Black Canary. They will both join Margot Robbie who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn who we were first introduced to in Suicide Squad.
Huntress is the superhero persona of a number of fictional characters in the DC universe, with the two most notable names bearing the title being Helena Bertinelli and Helena Wayne. The character originally first appeared in Sensation Comics #68 and was surprisingly a super villain, but later on renamed as Tigress. According to Deadline, this Huntress will be the Helena Bertinelli iteration, who is a former mafia princess who, like Batman, saw her family killed at a young age and vowed to get her revenge.
Black Canary was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and debuted in Flash Comics #86. There has so far been two iterations of the character; Dinah Drake and Dinah Laurel Lance – with both being portrayed on the CW TV series Arrow. Much like Huntress, Black Canary was first portrayed as a villain, before joining The Justice Society of America and eventually teaming up with the injured Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (known as Oracle) to form Birds of Prey.
According to the report Winstead was up against Sofia Boutella, Cristin Milioti, and Margaret Qualley for the part of Huntress. For Black Canary it was between Smollett-Bell and Belle‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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Cathy Yen is lined up to direct DC’s Birds of Prey with Christina Hodson on writing duties and Margot Robbie set to produce. The film is reportedly set to be released on 7th February 2020.