Friday, January 24, 2020

How Birds of Prey's Black Canary Was Inspired by Injustice 2

The Birds of Prey movie may be based on the comic book series of the same name, but it's also drawing inspiration from an unexpected source. Jurnee Smollett-Bell revealed her version of Black Canary is inspired by the one seen in the 2017 video game Injustice 2. Smollett-Bell revealed this video game connection during a recent group interview attended by IGN. She told reporters the game was a major source of inspiration, particularly when it came to depicting Dinah Lance's powerful Canary Cry. "I drew a lot of inspiration for the Canary Cry from the Black Canary in Injustice 2. Even physically," she said. "For me, I really wanted to make it primal... It's not something she uses, it's something she's trying to hide. So to get to that point, she has to rev herself up. It's such a guttural point and a guttural place." [ignvideo url=""] Smollett-Bell continued, "But it was fun, man. They put a bunch of people on some strings and ratcheted them back, and it was awesome! I felt pretty powerful." Funnily enough, co-star Margot Robbie revealed her brother Lachlan was one of the stuntmen attached to those wires in the Canary Cry scenes. In addition to Smollett-Bell's Black Canary and Robbie's Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. One iconic DC villain won't be putting in an appearance, however. Jared Leto's Joker won't appear in Birds of Prey or The Suicide Squad. Robbie recently discussed how the tone of Birds of Prey differs from Todd Phillips' Joker movie. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=dc-extended-universe-every-upcoming-movie&captions=true"] Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) flies into theaters February 7, 2020. For more information on Harley Quinn's new movie, read up on the basics of the Birds of Prey team and check out our detailed breakdown of the trailer. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.


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