Vanessa Kirby as Black Canary in Margot Robbie's 'Birds of Prey'? DC fans say "yes"
'Birds of Prey' has roped in Cathy Yan - the first Asian woman to direct a DC movie - and now a growing speculation is pitching 'The Crown' actress for a leading role.
Slowly and steadily Margot Robbie's ambitious all-female DC-starrer, 'Birds of Prey', seems to be taking shape. Developing to become a first in different aspects of the superhero movie genre, the team had earlier roped in director Cathy Yan - the first Asian woman to helm a DC project - and now a growing speculation on the Internet is pitching 'The Crown' actress Vanessa Kirby for a leading role in the same.
Kirby, who has unsurprisingly caught our eyes with her glamorous portrayal of Princess Margaret in Peter Morgan's Netflix series, was most recently seen turning heads as the villainous White Widow in Mission Impossible: Fallout. But if superhero fans have it their way, the English actress' next could be none other than a DC blockbuster. The idea seemed to have been fuelled by early casting rumors - and as an extension of this thought, fans on social media have now even come up with artworks, imagining the actress as Dinah Lance/Black Canary.
"If true and Vanessa Kirby is eyed at to play Black Canary in Birds of Prey, it is time we rally and HARD. She’d make a great Dinah Lance IMO. (Cutting my losses as Katheryn Winnick’s but a fever dream)," a fan page shared, floating around the idea of having Kirby fill in the shoes of a superheroine next.
Boosting this speculation further, however, digital artist atlant.99 went a step ahead, creating a fan art, depicting what the 30-year-old actress would look like in the black-clad role. And with striking looks and a hint of superheroic action, Kirby's shot replete with leather costume and signature Black Canary fishnets looked appealing, to say the least.
If true and Vanessa Kirby is eyed at to play Black Canary in Birds of Prey, it is time we rally and HARD. She’d make a great Dinah Lance IMO.— Let's Talk Black Canary 🔊 (@LetsTalkCanary) August 3, 2018
(Cutting my losses as Katheryn Winnick’s but a fever dream). pic.twitter.com/9LUb06CiNe
Indeed, there's no official confirmation yet from the studios about the casting of the character. But, Kirby clearly seems to be one of the top fan choices asides from Blake Lively and Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer. If and when the Black Canary role is confirmed, the chosen actress could be joining a slew of A-listers alongside Robbie's Harley Quinn and other DC divas like Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya.
With Robbie set to star in and produce the movie, 'Birds of Prey' could very well set an example of sorts for superhero stalwarts, at least in terms of diversity.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it," Robbie said, teasing the theme of the movie, which is yet to be slated for a release.