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Posts tagged Black Canary

Feb 6 '14

More on the Birds of Prey in Arrow! Also Gail Simone and Last Night’s Canary Story!

So yesterday I posted about the Birds of Prey coming to Arrow including Oracle!  And as if he could read my mind Mark Guggenheim posted this Birds of Prey story board teaser on Twitter.


Caity Lotz spoke to the Los Angles Times about it

There’s an upcoming episode called “Birds of Prey,” like the DC Comic featuring Black Canary and Huntress. So we’re going to see Black Canary and Huntress team up?

Um … you’re definitely going to see the two. You’ll see them together, that’s for sure. And they’ll have some interaction. But you’ll have to see what that is. We actually haven’t shot it yet. But we will, very soon. I haven’t met Jessica [De Gouw, who plays Huntress], but everyone says she’s an awesome girl.

She also says DC has sent her comics to help her with her role. 

Last night ‘s episode revealed a relationship between Canary and Talia’s sister Nyssa. And so I thought you might be interested to know what Gail Simone once had planned for Black Canary. Here’s Simone from a few years back:

Okay, I’ve told this story many times, but here goes. To me, it was no big revelation that Black Canary might be bisexual. I didn’t even think it was much in question.  So I had a story where she faces Talia, I think (sorry, memory a little foggy here), and she was supposed to say, in a Dinah caption, something about how Talia’s wiles weren’t going to work on her like they were working on all the men around them, because she (Black Canary) was, “70% hetero.”

Read the rest here.

Nov 20 '13

Zatanna/Black Canary Team-Up Due May 17th; New Artwork Previewed

The long, long awaited team up of the fishnet wearing ladies of the DCU - Zatanna and Black Canary now has an official publication date of May 17. Earlier this week writer Paul Dini noted that it was getting closer:


I first reported that the book, long rumored, was moving forward almost over two years ago. Earlier this year DC released the first round of preview art by Joe Quinones.

Earlier today a reader sent me some new preview art including a page which seems to be a tribute to one of the most famous Canary pages ever published.

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Aug 26 '13

DC Finally Solicits Paul Dini’s Black Canary/Zatanna Graphic Novel

Seven years after it was first rumored, a graphic novel teaming up Black Canary and Zatanna will finally be published this coming May according to Collected Editions. The project, named Bloodspell, was first announced in 2006 with art by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. In 2007 it was reported the book would be starting production soon with a unnamed art team and would be released in 2008. In 2011 artist Joe Quinones confirmed the book’s existence and I showed artwork from the book for the first time.


Last March I checked in with Paul Dini on when the book would be published and he said he had “no idea.”

In the novel the two characters meet as children.

Update: Artist Joe Quinones has posted colored artwork from the series on his Tumblr.

Jul 19 '13

With Latest News, TV’s Arrow Manages to Confuse Black Canary History as Much as Comics

Black Canary is one of DC’s longest running female characters but also has a very confusing history. The TV version of the character now seems to share some of that confusion given news out last night.


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Jul 18 '13

Black Canary is the latest “DC Bombshell” …

and I have to say it’s my favorite. Available soon from DC Collectibles.

Wish I could see what that Tat says.

Several folks forwarded the tatoo image - see below



Apr 10 '13

In case you didn’t guess whose birthday it is, here’s another hint

In case you didn’t guess correctly here’s another hint on who has a birthday today (with help from Adam Hughes).

Apr 4 '13

Camine Infantino Has Died

Carmine Infantino the artist and editor who gave so much to comics including launching the Silver Age has passed away at the age of 87. His long and prolific career had so many important moments but two stand out for me.

In 1947 he co-created Dinah Lance, the Black Canary. 

And in 1966, he co-created Barbara Gordon, Batgirl.

That’s two of the most important female characters in DC Comics and in comics. 

Last year at NYCC, I was lucky enough to meet Infantino. I brought my copy of the comic above and asked him to sign it for me. (I also showed him my Batgirl sneakers). More importantly I got a chance to thank him for his creation of these two characters and his contributions to comics.

I’m so glad I had the chance. Rest in Peace, Sir.

My condolences to his famiy.

Mar 18 '13

Preview of Birds of Prey #18

New writer Christy Marx jumps on this issue just in time for a visit from Mr. Freeze. Glad to see Starling’s still around … although she doesn’t look very happy.

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Feb 28 '13


Alex Kingston’s appearance on Arrow. (February 27, 2013)

So I was wrong; Alex Kingston did show up last night as Laurel’s mother. Given the reference in show to a canary and Geoff Johns’ interview I’d say that someone on this video will be/was the Black Canary. 

I hope it’s both women. Black Canary is one of the very few female legacy superheroes in DC Comics. (The others being Liberty Belle/Jesse Quick and Watchmen’s Silk Spectre, which is based on Black Canary.) Unfortunately the “legacy” part of Black Canary’s heritage was wiped out in the new 52. (Although there’s potential for Earth-2 to have two - both Catwoman and Wonder Woman have daughters but right now they are either not channeling their mother or not a hero.)

The drama of mother/daughter heroes is high concept enough that this is the second time we’ve seen a mother/daughter Black Canary moment on TV - Lori Laughlin played Canary Mères on Birds of Prey a decade ago.

What did you think of Laurel’s mom showing up? And how do you want the Canary story to unfold?

Feb 27 '13

Geoff Johns Interview on Arrow: “Everyone Talks About Black Canary A Lot”

Geoff Johns wrote tonight’s episode of Arrow and he’s been making the rounds to media outlets to talk about it. In his interview with TV Guide he discussed a few things of interest for the readers of this blog.

Here he is talking about Laurel’s mom, to be played by actress Alex Kingston, who certainly sounds like the Black Canary:

TV Guide Magazine: And this episode you wrote kind of feels like your Smallville episode “Absolute Justice,” in that you have a ton of DC characters together. 
Johns: Yeah, that’s kind of what I do. I love using as many DC characters as possible, again not just to use them, but for good reason. If you’re using an assassin, you gotta use Deadshot. And having the arrival of Laurel’s mom? As a big fan of Black Canary, I am excited about that.

TV Guide Magazine: Hence the shout-out to the late Sarah Lance’s pet canary in the early part of the episode…
Johns: Yeah, you gotta get it out there. [Laughs]

TV Guide Magazine: Is this a sign of you guys paving the way for a Laurel twist?
Johns: Um…I can only say that everyone talks about Black Canary a lot.

And for those of you who long for an Amazon visit:

TV Guide Magazine: The one I’m hoping to see on Arrow is Donna Troy. I know they can’t use Wonder Woman, but surely Donna Troy could be used on the show. 
Johns: You know what, never say never, man! There’s a lot of characters to be used.

Kingston doesn’t show up for a few episodes shows up tonight!. You can read the full interview here.

Feb 14 '13
Black Canary Wishes You a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Dinah (and Ollie) are looking to you to complete their threesome!

Black Canary Wishes You a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dinah (and Ollie) are looking to you to complete their threesome!

Feb 8 '13

Favorite DC Couple’s Tournament - Canon Quarterfinals Matches 1 and 2

The winner of Wednesday’s matches were Wally and Linda Park West and Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake. That means there are just 8 couples left in the canon tournament! We’ll have two semi’s today and two Monday. I’ll put up a post in a bit about what happens now through Thursday! But first, here are the first two matches!


Lois Lane and Superman


Green Arrow and Black Canary!




Big Barda and Mr. Miracle



Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya


Voting is open until 8:30 EST Today.

Jan 30 '13

DC Favorite Couples Tournament, Round 2, Match 2

The winner of yesterday’s match was Barda and Scott Free. I suspect today’s match will be close one.

In one corner

Black Canary/Dinah Lance and Green Arrow/Oliver Queen!


Dick Grayson/Nighwing and Koriand’r/Starfire


Polls close at 8:30 PM EST. One vote per person please.

Nov 19 '12

This is it! The Finals of the 2012 Kick Ass DC Woman Tournament

It started with 32 women and it is now down to just two. Match after match each finalist fought off the competition winning their battles in both walks and by just a handful of votes.

And today one of these women will join the previous winners, Oracle and Cass Cain, to win the title!

In this corner, a woman who has been in DC Comics for two decades. Through the years she’s been known as Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl and for a millisecond, NightWing.

Some call her the “come back kid”, some call her “Girl Wonder”, some call her “benched” but in the end she’s all once person

Stephanie Brown!

And in the other corner a woman who was one of the founders of the JLA, co-founder of the Birds of Prey and a leader of the JLA. A woman who was one of the few legacy females in DC comics helping to inspire, in part, Silk Spectre II. A character that was broken down and built up again in one of the best organic character developments in comics. The daughter of the original Black Canary, one of the top martial artists in DC comics and a woman who has worn a headband and fishnets as part of her costume but never together.

Black Canary II, Dinah Laurel Lance!

As a FYI, these two first met in this contest two years ago in the Semi-Finals!

Voting is open until 9PM EST. One vote per person, of course. 


Nov 14 '12

Kick Ass Tournament Semi-Finalists: The Case for Dinah Lance, Black Canary

As we move to the semi-finals of the 2012 DC Woman kick ass tournament I’m running essays for each of the four contenders - Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, Dinah Lance and Wonder Woman - to convince you to vote for them. Yesterday, I ran an essay;on the case for Stephanie Brown and the case for Wonder Woman. If you haven’t read them, please do. Today I have essays on the other two contenders Dinah Lance, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon. First up is Dinah Lance and I’m very happy that Debi Linton aka innerbrat wrote it. Debi was one of the very first followers of this blog; and I consider her to be one of the Deans of Dinahology. Her thoughts follow. 

The hardest part of writing this piece is in finding something I haven’t already written about how awesome Dinah Lance is. It’s not enough to say that she’s one of the best martial artists in the world and co-founded the Justice League and her generation’s incarnation of the Justice Society and the Birds of Prey. It’s not enough to say that she was taken prisoner, tortured and depowered and worked her way back up from the bottom. It’s definitely not enough to throw at you scans of Dinah hugging Oracle or playing dress up with Wonder Woman or kissing Batman.

Although I really want to do those things.

Like a lot of comic fans, I was sad by the new 52 reboot, for the characters that were lost, but also for the universe that was lost, and the grand and complex history and web of interconnectivity that was woven between all the characters and titles in it. And if any one character could represent that history and that strong sense of community that we lost, it would be Dinah Laurel Lance – not to be confused with the Golden Age Dinah Drake Lance who has replaced her in the reboot.

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