DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Nabs a Huntress and a Black Canary, Neither of Whom are Lady Gaga

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brian-mcgee - September 27, 2018

Earlier this week we told you that DC's upcoming female-centric superhero movie Birds of Prey had a release date despite not having a cast or a script, but it looks as if they solved one of those problems. Deadline is reporting that DC has signed Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell to play Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. They will join the already cast Margot Robbie, who is reprising her role as Harley Quinn.

This will mark Winstead's second foray into the world of comic book adaptations after playing Ramona Flowers in 2010's brilliant Scott Pilgrim vs the World, while Smollett-Bell is best known for her roles on such hit shows as Friday Night Lights, True Blood, and Underground. This leaves two major female role still uncast: Gotham City detective Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain, aka Batgirl.

As for the villain of the flick, Black Mask, DC is looking at two actors, one of whom seems much more likely than the other. Comic Book Movie is reporting that Ewan McGregor and Sharlto Copley are both in talks, and with McGregor romantically attached to his Fargo co-star Winstead in real life, he seems like the safer bet to land the role.

The saddest news of all, from my perspective, is that apparently Sam Rockwell turned down the role of Black Mask. I want him to get a second crack at a comic book character after he was dirty dicked by Marvel in Iron Man 2. We'll keep you posted with the latest info on this one as it comes in.