DC Films’ Birds of Prey movie just found its Black Canary and Huntress with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead cast in the roles respectively, and naturally, the internet has a lot to say about it.
Smollett-Bell was revealed to have been in the running last week, having tested for the role of Black Canary up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw, along with Winstead who landed the job over Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror).
Fans were already excited for the upcoming film but after the latest casting additions, it’s fair to say the level of anticipation has gone up a bit. You can check out some of the reactions below.
— Johnnie Torch- Creator of Bullets Bourbon Comics- (@johnnie_torch) September 26, 2018
DC cast a Black woman as Black Canary?? suddenly i’m interested in Birds of Prey pic.twitter.com/sQoBJYkVyX
— jada⁷ | loki era (@marveIzuko) September 26, 2018
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is going to play Black Canary, who is one of my favorite DC characters. Really excited!!
— Manuel Faria (@ManuelDuarte24) September 26, 2018
— Kａiｔlyn Βоｏｔｈ🌞🌊☀️🌡 (@katiesmovies) September 26, 2018
— Bernard Oliver (@boliver36) September 26, 2018
I'm so unbelievably excited for #BirdsOfPrey. I'm loving the casting choices so far. The costumes alone will probably end my life!
— 🦇Stephanie🦇 (@Batmansblkrose) September 26, 2018
— All about movies – #BLM (@about_movies18) September 26, 2018
Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) is set to direct the project from a script written by Christina Hodson (Shut In). The film will be produced by Sue Kroll under her Kroll & Co Entertainment banner along with Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, and Margot Robbie who is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the film.
Plot details remain under wraps however the film will feature Batman villain Black Mask as the primary antagonist. Production on the project is expected to kick off this January.
Birds of Prey is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, Nightwing, a Deathstroke film, and a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU.
Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Birds of Prey and the future of DC Films as we learn it.