Gail Simone has expressed interest in directing a movie based on Black Canary, serving as a spin-off from Birds of Prey.
It seems that Jurnee Smolett-Bell’s Black Canary is the writer’s dream choice for this spin-off and Simone has made her feelings public as she tweeted the idea tagging the actress in the tweet.
“All I am saying is Black Canary solo movie starring @jurneesmollett, And I write it. And it has Huntress. And Savant and Creote.”
Huntress, who will appear alongside Black Canary portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead also seems to be on the writer’s mind for this spin-off, along with two recurring villains of the team from the comics who Simone co-created, Savant and Creote.
However Black Canary seems to be the focus of the writer’s spin-off idea as the Metahuman siren is a favoured character of Simone’s and more-or-less the reason she took over the comic-book series.
Given the line-up of characters included, it seems that Simone’s spin-off movie will focus on her own run of the comic-book series which began in 2003.
While the comic-books are how the majority of Black Canary fans came to be, Black Canary herself, Smollet-Bell, came to love the character through the recent Injustice 2 video game. Citing how accurate the video game incarnation was to the original comic-book version.
Jurnee Smolett-Bell’s portrayal of Black Canary in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie marks the first time the character will appear in a live-action movie. Smolett-Bell’s casting also presents the first time the character has been race-bent in all media.
What remains a mainstay from the comics however is the fact that Black Canary will have her classic Canary Cry metahuman power, as shown in the most recent trailer.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smolett-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.
The success of the movie will most likely determine if Simone’s spin-off wish comes to light.
Birds of Prey is set to his theatres on February 7.