Black Canary might be getting a racial makeover.
Warner Bros. Birds of Prey movie is gearing up to give Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn the maximum amount of screen time. Although many fans had issues with Suicide Squad, as they rightfully should, there were key pieces to that film that kept it watchable. Margot Robbie was one of those pieces. If DC and Warner Bros. plan to salvage their on-screen universe, Robbie needs to be a big part of that project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC is attempting to secure a culturally diverse cast to support Robbie.
Black Canary is traditionally a Caucasian superhero, but DC is keeping their casting calls broad for the character. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle In Time), Jurnee Smolett-Bell (Underground), and Janelle Monae have all been considered for the role of Black Canary. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror) have tested for the role of Huntress. Both Huntress and Black Canary have appeared in live action media before, but this will be their first time in a feature film. Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida) both tested for Renee Montoya, a detective in Gotham City. Warner also plans on casting Cassandra Cain in a reimagined role as a young Asian girl. Birds of Prey begins filming next year.