Margot Robbie’s all-female Birds of Prey movie is starting to shape up. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast as Gotham vigilante the Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell joining the cast as the superpowered Black Canary. They will join Robbie’s Harley Quinn, one of the the wildly uneven DCEU’s few bright spots to date.
Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Thing) will play Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress, a mafia princess who becomes a vigilante to avenge the deaths of her parents who were killed by gangland violence. Smollett-Bell (True Blood, Friday Night Lights) plays martial arts expert Dinah Lance a.k.a. Black Canary who can also shatter stone with her sonic-powered “Canary Cry.”
Still to be cast are Gotham detective Renee Montoya and child-assassin Cassandra Cain. Cain will eventually become the second Batgirl, but she’s only 12 years old in this film. The original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, was the team leader of the Birds of Prey in the comics — putting the team together after becoming paralyzed by the Joker during the events of Alan Moore’s controversial comic The Killing Joke.
Batgirl is currently slated to appear in her own stand-alone movie that coincidentally is also being written by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson.
Story via Variety.