Black Canary made her big-screen debut in Birds of Prey, but just where does Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s performance rank among her fellow Canaries?
Black Canary is undoubtedly one of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes. A long-standing character, she made her comic book debut all the way back in 1947 when she appeared in Issue 86 of Flash Comics. Since then, the Dinah Laurel Lance version of the character has gone to get involved in some of the company’s most historic storylines, becoming a founding member of the Justice League and the Birds of Prey and the primary love interest of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.
Perhaps the most-skilled fighter in all of DC Comics, she’s also renowned for her patented Canary Cry – a highly-effective sonic scream that incapacitates (and temporarily deafens) anyone she unleashes it on.
Though we’ve seen her dominate the comic book, TV and video game landscapes over the years, Dinah finally made her live-action debut this year in Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) in which she was portrayed by Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
With the character co-headlining that film and two versions of her potentially set to headline TV series Green Arrow and The Canaries, it really does go without saying that she’s more popular than ever. And now, with Birds of Prey‘s release upon us, we have the chance to see how Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s offering stacks up against both her predecessors and the other women who currently hold that title.