‘Black Canary’ Movie in Development at HBO Max

Black Canary

Last year’s Birds of Prey is getting a spin-off with Black Canary.


Yesterday, Cinelinx reported, and then Collider confirmed, that Misha Green is writing a movie for HBO Max centered around Black Canary, the character played by Jurnee Smollett that was introduced in Birds of Prey. Smollett is coming back too — the actress herself confirmed the news on social media:



Misha Green has been a television writer for over a decade now, working on influential shows like Spartacus and Heroes, but it wasn’t until last year’s Lovecraft Country that she had an ascent in her career. She’s, at the moment, attached as a screenwriter to Jennifer Lopez’s The Mother and MGM’s Tomb Raider 2, plus she will also direct the latter. At the time of writing, we do not know if she will also direct Black Canary.


HBO Max is all in for the DC superhero business. The platform is also developing a Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace (In the Heights), a Blue Beetle movie starring Xolo Maridueña (although it could very well be a theatrical release), and is reportedly working on a Black Superman series produced by Michael B. Jordan. The Black Canary movie is probably a long way off, and the first one to debut on HBO Max might be Blue Beetle, which was rumored to head into production later this year a while ago. Also, DC Films head Walter Hamada told The New York Times in January that they intended to start putting out two HBO Max movies a year starting in 2022, and he specifically named Batgirl as an example. It is therefore possible that they are aiming for a 2022 release date with that project.