Black Canary in other media

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Adaptations of Black Canary in other media
Created by Robert Kanigher
Carmine Infantino
Original source Comics published by DC Comics
First appearance Flash Comics #86 (August 1947)
Films and television
Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
Birds of Prey (2002)
Justice League Unlimited (2004)
Arrow (2012)

Black Canary is a DC Comics superhero, whose appearance in other media includes television, animated shows, and video games since 1979.

Live action[edit]

Danuta Wesley as Black Canary on her signature motorcycle in Legends of the Superheroes.

Legends of the Superheroes[edit]

In 1979, the character appeared in two television specials Legends of the Superheroes, where she was portrayed by Danuta Wesley.

Birds of Prey[edit]

A character named Carolyn Lance appeared on the short-lived 2002 television series Birds of Prey, portrayed by Lori Loughlin. The character was the estranged biological mother of one of the show's primary characters, Dinah Redmond (played by Rachel Skarsten), a teenager with psychic abilities who had been taken in by Oracle/Barbara Gordon after running away from her adoptive parents. On the "Pilot", the younger version of Dinah was played by Amanda Michalka. In her only appearance, her Canary Cry is activated by whistling, rather than screaming. Although the character appears to die at the end of the episode, the writers left her fate ambiguous. When Birds of Prey was first announced, the producers indicated that the teenaged Dinah Redmond would be a reimagined Black Canary (with early publicity material referring to her directly by that name).


The television series Smallville, featured Dinah Lance in a season seven episode entitled "Siren" where she was played by Alaina Huffman.[1] As Dinah Lance, she wears a long brunette wig, while acting as a controversial conservative columnist and talk-show host for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. By night, she uses her metahuman ultrasonic scream to become a vigilante/mercenary with an unorthodox sense of justice. In this incarnation, she has short blonde hair and a tiny faux domino mask created from black makeup with streaks of yellow. She is hired by Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) to bring down the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley). However, Oliver Queen and Clark Kent (Tom Welling) convince her that Lex is the real villain. Chloe (Allison Mack) considers calling her the "Yellow Raven", but Clark thinks the name "Black Canary" sounds better. In the episode's dénouement, Dinah agrees to join Green Arrow's team of pro-active heroes, and flirts with Oliver through her critical comments about his ex-girlfriend Lois Lane (Erica Durance). Dinah subsequently appears, on numerous occasions, as a member of Oliver's league. The season nine two-parter "Absolute Justice" further suggests that another woman had been a member of the Justice Society of America some decades previous under the name Black Canary.


Katie Cassidy plays the role of Dinah Laurel Lance in the 2012 television series Arrow. This version of the character goes by her middle name and used to date wealthy playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who reappears in Starling City five years after presumably perishing at sea with her sister, Sara. Laurel's father, Quentin Larry Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is a detective in the Starling City Police Department. Quentin deeply resents Oliver because he blames him for the death of his other daughter, whom Oliver had been having an affair with on board the yacht when it capsized. Laurel is part of a legal assistance group called CNRI that helps people in need, and, despite her anger at his indirect role in her sister's death, is torn between the returned Oliver Queen and the relationship she formed with his friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), while Oliver was presumed dead. Whether she is intended to become Black Canary is unknown; reference has been made to her once wearing fishnets as a Halloween costume prior to the series,[2] and she has been shown to have hand-to-hand combat training taught by Quentin, though both father and daughter are not skilled combatants.

Alex Kingston appeared in the role of Dinah Drake in a two-episode arc in season 1.[3] Caity Lotz was cast as Black Canary for season 2, a recurring role that is "the beginning of the Black Canary story" according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, suggesting that Laurel will become the Black Canary.[4][5] It was later revealed that Lotz is playing Laurel's sister, Sara, who also survives the yacht's sabotage and leading a double life as a vigilante like Oliver; the role of Sara Lance had been played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in brief scenes in season 1.[6] As depicted in the second season, Oliver discovers Sara is alive during his time on the island, having been saved by Professor Ivo (Dylan Neal). Since her time on Lian Yu, she has been trained by the League of Assassins and gone into hiding from their leader, Ra's al Ghul. She uses a hand-held sonic device and a pair of batons which combine into a bō staff. In the episode "Heir to the Demon," it is revealed she and the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, Nyssa (Katrina Law) were lovers, and is forced to reveal her existence to her family in order to protect them from Nyssa. Laurel feels betrayed that Sara allowed them to believe she had died, leading Sara to seek Oliver's romantic company.


Justice League[edit]

In the Justice League episode "Legends", the League teamed up with the Justice Guild of America in an alternate universe. The Guild member Black Siren was based on the Golden Age Black Canary, Dinah Drake. She was voiced by Jennifer Hale. The Siren's real name was given as Donna Nance on her tombstone.

Black Canary in Justice League Unlimited using her Canary Cry.

Justice League Unlimited[edit]

In the animated series Justice League Unlimited, Black Canary was voiced by Morena Baccarin. She was first seen in a small cameo at the end of "Initiation", where her looks are enough to convince Green Arrow to stay in the League. Later, in "The Cat and the Canary", she stars as a fearsome physical fighter (as well as sporting her sonic cry, but minus her trademark fishnet stockings). She was vexed because her old mentor, Wildcat, had been obsessively engaging in underground fighting tournaments, and she convinced the smitten Green Arrow to help her convince Wildcat to return to the League. She and Green Arrow start a relationship, as seen in "Double Date", thereby paying homage to their famed romance in the comics. In the fifth season episode "Grudge Match", Black Canary found herself and several other female members of the League forced to do battle with each other in underground tournaments run by the same promoter (the supervillainess Roulette) who had earlier exploited Wildcat. The final challenge pitted the team of Black Canary, Huntress, Vixen, and Hawkgirl against Wonder Woman. Black Canary also appeared in "Destroyer", the series finale. She helped defend the world from the invading parademons of Darkseid, fighting alongside Green Arrow, Dr. Light, and Bizarro in Rome (her Canary Cry makes Bizarro cover his ears), and then made her swan song (along with almost every other member of the League) racing to her next adventure. She and Green Arrow are the last seen before the core seven make their "curtain call".

Justice League: The New Frontier[edit]

The first Black Canary appears as a member of the JSA in the opening credits of the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. Her daughter also appears alongside the Teen Titans and Supergirl in the closing montage.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths[edit]

Black Canary briefly appears as a back-up member of the JLA in the film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. She has one line in the film ("Wanna hear a secret?") and is voiced by Kari Wuhrer. A Parallel Earth version of Black Canary, named Scream Queen, also appears.[7] This is the first time that the character has been shown in her modern costume outside of the comics.

DC Showcase: Green Arrow[edit]

Black Canary appears in the DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film included on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD with Grey DeLisle reprising her role.[8] In the short she's seen as Oliver Queen's girlfriend that he's picking up at the airport and has plans to propose to her, which he does after he defeats Merlyn and she saves him from Count Vertigo. She accepts calmly, yet happily and the short ends with the two kissing.

Batman the Brave and the Bold[edit]

Black Canary in Batman the Brave and the Bold.

Black Canary has been featured in the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold in the teaser of the episode "Night of the Huntress!", voiced by Grey DeLisle. She and Batman teamed up to stop Solomon Grundy from getting a new brain from a genius. In this episode, Canary managed to fool Solomon into standing on a skylight, where a low-level Canary cry shattered the glass and sent him crashing to defeat. After the victory, she flirted with Batman for a dinner for two. She is Batman's main partner in the musical episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!". Batman asks her to stay and keep watch of Black Manta, the Clock King, and Gorilla Grodd, after the first encounter with the Music Meister ("I'm The Music Meister"). She follows him instead, to the dismay of Green Arrow. During a jailbreak, she sings of his good qualities ("If Only..."), implying she has a crush on the Caped Crusader. The two get knocked out, but recover and escape a death trap set by the Meister ("Death Trap"); Canary mimics the Meister by singing all her dialogue, to which Batman asks "Was the singing really necessary?" The two fight against Music Meister ("The World is Mine!"), and Black Canary gets controlled again. Batman challenges her to a high-note contest. This triggers a high Canary Cry, snapping everyone out of hypnosis. She gets to sing the final song, a reprise of "If Only...", after Batman leaves. She is later joined by Green Arrow halfway through, and the two have a romantic scene among sparking and crashing debris from the fight. In the song, Arrow offers to marry her. Black Canary is also featured in the main plot of "The Golden Age of Justice!". Tired of being treated like a kid, Dinah Lance convinces Wildcat to have her help the rest of the Justice Society of America. Her mother, the original Black Canary, is seen in flashbacks, eventually dying after being crushed by debris during a fire. After Wildcat put his regret of being unable to save Dinah Drake behind him, they go off and help the rest of the Justice Society and Batman defeat Per Degaton. She makes a brief appearance in "Sidekicks Assemble!" as part of the Justice League. She returns in "The Mask of Matches Malone!", as one of the Birds of Prey & it is implied through the musical number "Birds of Prey" that she still has feelings for Batman. Additionally, she appears in a non-speaking cameo in the two parts of the episode "The Siege of Starro!", first, among the heroes possessed by Starro, and later, as one of the heroines that have already broken free of Starro's mind control, and battle against him. Finally, in the episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!", which shows the future of the Wayne family as imagined by Alfred Pennyworth, an aged Oliver Queen appears in the funeral of Bruce Wayne and his wife Selina, accompanied by his daughter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dinah, and is presumably Olivia Queen from the Kingdom Come storyline.

Young Justice[edit]

Black Canary appears in Young Justice voiced by Vanessa Marshall.[9] She is a recurring character and serves as the combat trainer for the members of Young Justice.[10] Series co-creator Greg Weisman has said her role on the show was in part because she is his favorite character in the DC universe.[11] She serves as the trainer for the Young Justice team. In "Disordered," she holds a therapy session with each of the members of the team after what happened in Martian Manhunter's mind-training exercise. Black Canary's relationship with Green Arrow is touched upon in the series: in "Homefront," Red Tornado mentions he is taking over monitor duty at the Watchtower for Green Arrow because he has "a hot date with Black Canary". In the first season finale, "Auld Acquaintance," she is brainwashed by Vandal Savage and attacks the kids, only to be knocked unconscious by Robin and Rocket. After being restrained and gagged, she is freed from her mind control and attempts to help the team free the other brainwashed JLA members. At the end of the episode, she and Ollie set out with Red Arrow (who is revealed to be a clone of Roy Harper) to find the real Roy. Black Canary returns in Young Justice: Invasion which is set five years after the previous series. In "Salvage," Black Canary assists Green Arrow, Guardian, Nightwing, and Kid Flash in Red Arrow's intervention where Red Arrow is still trying to find the real Roy Harper through whatever way possible.


Black Canary appears in an episode of Mad voiced by Tara Strong. She joins the other superheroes in a musical number that asks Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends." In her part, she stated that she once asked Superman to feed her cat only for Superman to go save the Louvre.

Video games[edit]

Justice League Heroes[edit]

Black Canary appears as a playable character in the PSP version of Justice League Heroes voiced by Jennifer Hale.

Batman the Brave and the Bold - the Videogame[edit]

Black Canary is a playable support character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame, voiced again by Grey DeLisle.

DC Universe Online[edit]

Black Canary appears in DC Universe Online voiced by Kelley Huston. Players can interact with Black Canary. If the player is on the superhero campaign, they get to fight alongside her. If the player is on the supervillain campaign, they get to fight her. As a bonus, her sonic abilities are able to be bought as a powerful scream or a whirlwind of supersonic energy.

Batman: Arkham City[edit]

The Black Canary restaurant is the location of a Riddler Challenge room in Batman: Arkham City.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes[edit]

Black Canary appeared in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.[12]

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

  • Black Canary appears in IOS version of Injustice: Gods Among Us as a support card for Green Arrow. In addition, during the game's story mode Green Arrow carries a picture of Black Canary in his arrow case.


Black Canary has appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book.[13]


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