UPDATE: Well, it didn’t take long for Cinelinx’s story to get confirmed, as The Hollywood Reporter and Collider both confirmed that Misha Green is, in fact, working on a Black Canary project. Producer Sur Kroll is also set to return. Jurnee Smollett will reprise the role from the Birds of Prey film.
Source: Collider, Hollywood Reporter
It looks like those rumors surrounding a Jurnee Smollett spin-off from Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn might have gotten a bit more traction. Cinelinx’s Jordan Maison shared a story that Lovecraft Country‘s Misha Green may have joined the project to write the script. Their sources share that originally this project was going to be a series before moving to a direct-to-HBO Max film being the focus.
It’s not the first time a DC project is taking this strategy as Batgirl and Blue Beetle are in development as streaming-exclusive projects. If there’s something to these rumors, Jurnee Smollett would return to play the character. There’s no word if these rumors turn out to be true if it’s a direct continuation of the film or even acts as a prequel. We’ve gotten teased her mother had the same ability, which might get explored in more detail in a film.
Yet, if it turns out to be a sequel, they might explore her time with the titular Birds of Prey, which formed at the end of the first film. It’s surprising they wouldn’t give the team a sequel before splintering the group, but next to Harley Quinn, she was one of the big draws for the release. Smollett‘s work on Lovecraft Country also might be a reason why Green may have joined the project. So, we’ll see if there’s an announcement coming our way during this year’s DC FanDome.