Birds of Prey star Jurnee Smollett would absolutely return as Black Canary in a sequel. In an interesting twist of fate, Birds of Prey has somehow become the only superhero movie released in theaters in 2020 so far. The DCEU film was released back in February and saw the colorful and glittery return of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. While much of the marketing (and, arguably, the film itself) focused on Harley, Birds of Prey also served as the big screen introduction for several other female heroes, including Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).
Rounding out the titular Birds of Prey is Smollett's Dinah Lance, or Black Canary. While the DC character has been depicted several times on the small screen, Smollett is the first person to play Dinah in a feature film. In Birds of Prey, Dinah is a nightclub singer stuck under the thumb of sadistic crime boss Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor). Dinah soon uses her inside information to keep young Cassandra away from Roman when he seeks to track her down, and Dinah soon crosses paths with the other ladies, thus forming the the team.
So far, there has been no word on whether Birds of Prey will get a sequel, but Smollett is definitely open to the possibility. While speaking to EW as part of their "Women Who Kick Ass" [email protected] panel, Smollett reaffirmed just how much she would love to play Black Canary again. "It's no secret how much I loved playing Black Canary, and [I was] so honored to take on that mantle," Smollett said. "I would absolutely do it again if given a chance."
When it comes to superhero movies, sequels are almost certainly a given. Studios definitely go into these movies expecting to make several follow-ups, but Birds of Prey sadly might have a hard time getting its sequel. Despite being very positively received by fans and critics, Birds of Prey disappointed at the box office when it opened to a mere $33 million. Worldwide, it's grossed $201.8 million, and while that's not necessarily a bad number, it is underwhelming when compared to other comic book flicks. Of course, one should also consider the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on these numbers. Still, that seems to be a big factor in why Warner Bros. hasn't officially greenlit a Birds of Prey sequel.
At the same time, audiences responded really well to Birds of Prey and have shown their support for the film in the months since. There are definitely many who would be interested in a sequel, and that number could grow when the film makes its debut on HBO Max next month. Audiences especially enjoyed Smollett's performance as Black Canary, and it seems like a huge misstep if Warner Bros. were to not bring her back for another project, even if it isn't a Birds of Prey sequel. Right now, it's all in Warner Bros.' hands, but Smollett is already on board.
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