If the upcoming Birds of Prey movie isn’t quite what fans of the comic-book team are looking for, it seems that DC TV is giving us a plethora of alternatives to choose from. For the DC Universe streaming service, we have discovered that this could mean an OG Birds of Prey series with Oracle appearing in the brand new series of Titans.
If [Oracle] proves popular amongst audiences, she will earn her own spin-off series Birds of Prey.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to hit theatres in just under three weeks time but with the clear substitution of Barbara Gordon’s Oracle for the star of the movie Harley Quinn, fans are understandably upset not to be getting the team that was first formed in 1996 which saw Barbara Gordon return to vigilantism after her tragic paralysis alongside fan favorites Black Canary and Huntress.
Well as we reported recently, Oracle is set to appear as a recurring character in the upcoming third season of DC Universe’s Titans with a casting call already out looking their Barbara Gordon.
Our sources have been informed us that if this character proves popular amongst audiences, she will earn her own spin-off series Birds of Prey which will also introduce the streaming service’s versions of Black Canary and Huntress to form the original comic-book team.
This move seems like a wildcard by Warner Bros/DC as it was stated when the DCEU was first beginning that any movie-level hero was off-limits from the small screen to avoid duplicate comparisons, outside of Grant Gustin’s The Flash who recently met Ezra Miller’s Flash in an unexpected Crisis cameo.
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Now it seems that rule has been revoked as the studio reportedly wants a version of the fan-favorite superhero team in every universe of the expansive DC Multiverse. They are reportedly dropping this mindset altogether.
We know from Crisis on Infinite Earths that Titans exists in a separate reality to the CW shows, and The CW has already put plans in motion for their version of the Birds of Prey with the upcoming series Green Arrow and the Canaries which sees new Green Arrow Mia Smoak team up with the current two Black Canaries of The CW, Laurel Lance, and Dinah Drake.
Speaking of Crisis, in one of the many nostalgic cameos fans were treated to, Part Three of the crossover opened with a reintroduction to the early-noughties series Birds of Prey as Ashley Scott’s Huntress was briefly seen before being obliterated as well as Dina Meyer’s Oracle being heard over comms.
With no word yet on casting announcements for the upcoming third season of Titans, it remains to be seen if Black Canary and/or Huntress will guest star on the show before the spin-off series is created or if their debut will be pending on the success of Oracle.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will feature versions of Black Canary and Huntress, portrayed by Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead respectively, and will hit theatres on February 7 in North America and the U.K.
Green Arrow and the Canaries will have its backdoor pilot episode as the penultimate episode of Arrow this Tuesday (21st January) at 8 pm on The CW.
Titans will air its third season later this year on DC Universe.
Are you excited about these alternative Birds of Prey teams? Which do you think will succeed the most?