Jurnee Smollett-Bell And Mary Elizabeth Winstead Join Birds Of Prey Feature

by Erik Amaya

 

The DC Film universe finally has its Huntress and Black Canary.

Variety reports Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of DC Comics’ Birds of Prey.

The film stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, who takes Barbara Gordon’s place in the concept. Instead of Oracle, it will be Harley’s mission to assemble a team of female fighters to take on the menace of Black Mask.

Created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino in 1947, Dinah Drake was initially a powerless investigator and Flash supporting character. She eventually become an important heroine in her own right, leading the Justice League at various times, and gaining a metahuman ability with her canary cry. The Huntress, meanwhile, was originally introduced as the daughter of the Golden Age Batman and Catwoman. Created by Paul Levitz, Joe Staton, and Bob Layton — though named after a Golden Age villain — she was later redefined as Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of a murdered mob boss who sought revenge, by Staton and writer Joey Cavalieri. This later interpretation is the one closely tied with the Birds of Prey comic book while the original appeared in a short-lived Birds of Prey TV series currently streaming on DC Universe.

Smollett-Bell and Winstead were the odds-on favorites to play the roles and once the film received a release date, news of their acceptance as the new Birds of Prey was expected. Other characters said to be featured in the film include the previously mentioned Black Mask, former Batgirl Cassandra Cain and beloved GCPD officer Renee Montoya. These parts have yet to be cast.

Birds of Prey arrives in theaters on February 7th, 2020.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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