Despite the shakeups at Warner Bros Discovery, Jurnee Smollett’s Black Canary solo film is still in development for HBO Max.
In 2020, Jurnee Smollett made her debut in the DC Extended Universe as Black Canary in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). While the film was well received by critics, it wasn’t as big of a money maker as Warner Bros had hoped. However, a little over a year later, it was revealed that Smollett had a solo film in development for HBO Max that would center on her character. Recent developments, however, had made some wonder if the film will still happen.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros was sold to Discover, Inc and a number of shakeups happened with the DC Extended Universe’s lineup. The biggest was that the company had opted not to release HBO Max’s Batgirl, opting instead to write the film’s expenses off on its taxes instead of giving it a full release. This begs the question as to which other films could be on the chopping block but apparently, Jurnee Smollett’s Black Canary film isn’t on that list.
According to TV Line, the film is still in active development at HBO Max. Currently, however, no further details regarding Jurnee Smollett’s Black Canary film are available. The film currently does not have a release date.
Jurnee Smollett last appeared as Black Canary in Birds of Prey. Here is the DC film’s official synopsis:
“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
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Source: TV Line