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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Janelle Monae and more could be in DC’s Birds of Prey movie

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DC is still going ahead with a Birds of Prey movie. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is already involved, but it seems that DC has been testing for the roles of Black Canary and The Huntress.

Actors up for the role of Black Canary are Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, A Wrinkle in Time), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground, Lovecraft Country) and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures).

Meanwhile, The Huntress has had the likes of Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, The Mummy, Climax) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Fargo) and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror, How I Met Your Mother).

The film will also feature the characters of Renee Montoya and a young Cassandra Cain. Justina Machado (One Day at a Time, Jane the Virgin, The Purge: Anarchy) and Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick) have tested for the role of Renee Montoya.

Robbie’s Luckychap is producing, with Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) wrote the script. Cathy Yan is directing.

Okay, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Whitewashing is always bandied about when casting roles is mentioned for certain things. I personally prefer film adaptations to stay faithful to the source material, but if the story and actor involved is good then it shouldn’t really matter.

In DC Comics, Black Canary has always been portrayed as a white woman in comics and in the Arrow TV show. Meanwhile, The Huntress had mainly been portrayed as a white woman in her various incarnations (she was once the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle), but there has recently been an African-American version of the character. With that in mind, it is odd that DC and Warner Bros. seem to be flipping the two characters with the choice of actors involved. Part of me wonders whether a Warner Bros. executive saw that the character was called Black Canary and, because of Black Panther and Black Lightning, they had to cast along those lines. Why not have Vixen involved?

Don’t get me wrong, all the actors that have tested for the roles are fantastic and would all be excellent choices, but once again it feels like DC and Warner Bros. trying to do things in such a rush.

We have seen Harley Quinn on the big screen, but none of the other characters. Get them introduced in other movies and then have it build up to a Birds of Prey team-up. Instead, the film is going to be a rush job of introducing the characters, have them fight each other, then team up to take down the big bad.

Source: THR

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