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Dinah, Dinah, Dinah how I love you. Dinah Laurel Lance or Drake depending on what world/age/event we are now in or past, is the second longest running female superhero in DC Comics IP (do you even have to “wonder” who is number one?)
Black Canary is, I believe, currently about to be homeless in the new 52. Oh wait, I forgot Futures’ End where she is homed, face only, on the chest of Frankenstein.
Yeah. Moving on …
In addition to her long comic history, Black Canary has appeared in multiple live action programs (Birds of Prey, Smallville and currently Arrow) and she’s also been in the modern DC Animated Universe as part of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited/Batman Brave and the Bold and Young Justice). She also appeared in the Green Arrow short that was tagged on to the end of Superman/Batman Apocalypse.
And now she is back in animation in a new round of DC Nation animated shorts (aside: they are still making these? And, um, hello where is Super Best Friends Forever, season 2?). Green Arrow is the star but is his partner. And her design is … interesting. Care to weigh in?
For those of us who love female heroes who kick ass, the movie Frozen offered some great characters in Anna and Elsa. But what if Anna and Elsa were in the DCU? The Deviant art artist "Samantha Doodles" has the answer!
Elsa as IceCanary!
And because we love Marvel too
CapAnna and BuckyElsa
Earlier this week I was sad to see DC Comics announce that Birds of Prey has been cancelled. While the most recent run was not my favorite, the title will always hold a place in my heart as being a trailblazer when it came to teaming up women in superhero comics. But my sadness was mitigated a bit by the long awaited arrival of the original graphic novel Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones which DC Comics sent me a copy of this week.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
In case you didn’t guess correctly here’s another hint on who has a birthday today (with help from Adam Hughes).
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.
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.
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.
doesn’t show up for a few episodes shows up tonight!. You can read the full interview here.
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.
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