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Black Canary in other media

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 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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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, who has appeared in television, animated shows, and video games since 1979. She is a superhero vigilante who fights crime using martial arts and a sonic scream attack.[1]

Live action

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

Legends of the Superheroes

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

Birds of Prey

When the short-lived 2002 television series Birds of Prey was first announced, the producers indicated that the teenaged Dinah Redmond, a runaway teenager with psychic abilities, would be a reimagined Black Canary. Early publicity material referring to her directly by that name. A second character named Carolyn Lance appeared later, portrayed by Lori Loughlin. The character was the estranged biological mother of Dinah Redmond (played by Rachel Skarsten). 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.


Alaina Huffman as Dinah Lance/Black Canary

The television series Smallville, featured Dinah Lance in a season seven episode entitled "Siren" where she was played by Alaina Huffman.[2] 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. In this incarnation, she has short blonde hair and a tiny faux domino mask created from black makeup with streaks of yellow. 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.


Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) as The Canary in Arrow
Dinah Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) as Black Canary in Arrow
  • Katie Cassidy[3] portrays Dinah Laurel Lance, who is reimagined as a legal aid attorney and goes by her middle name. Laurel is Oliver Queen's ex-girlfriend and works for a legal assistance group called CNRI. Her father, Quentin Larry Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is a detective in the Starling City Police Department. Laurel, and is torn between the returned Oliver Queen and the relationship she formed with his friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), while Oliver was presumed dead. It was mentioned that Laurel once sported fishnets as a Halloween costume prior to the series, a nod to the comic book character. Laurel would often team up with the vigilante known as Arrow, without being aware that the man under the hood was actually her ex-boyfriend, Oliver. Laurel briefly rekindles her relationship with Oliver, after Tommy broke up with her, until Tommy's death, in the first season's finale, while he was trying to save Laurel's life from a burning building. In season 2, she starts off as an Assistant District Attorney but she also struggles with depression because of Tommy's death. She eventually learns that her sister is alive and later figures out that both she and Oliver are vigilantes. In the season 2 finale, Sara gives Laurel her jacket before she leaves with the League of Assassins. In season 3, she becomes the District Attorney, and unofficial partner of Oliver. At the end of the season premiere episode "The Calm" Laurel sees her sister Sara shot by multiple arrows, and starts a detective work to locate the killer. Beginning with "Corto Maltese," Laurel resolves to follow in Sara's footsteps. She starts training in Ted Grant's "Wildcat" gym and later on she is trained by Nyssa Al Ghul. She eventually takes over Sara's mantle and becomes the Black Canary, officially joining Team Arrow after Oliver's disappearance and continues her vigilante activities after his return.[4]
  • Alex Kingston portrays Dinah Lance, Laurel and Sara's mother. After Sara's apparent death, Dinah left her husband and her surviving daughter. Six years later, however she returns to Starling City to make amends with her family and to reveal her theory of Sara being still alive.[5] In season 2, she comes back when Laurel almost overdosed and later finds out that Sara is indeed alive, reuniting with her long lost daughter. In season 3, Dinah is informed by Laurel that Sara was murdered, with Laurel promising she will avenge Sara's death.
  • Caity Lotz portrays Sara Lance, Laurel's younger sister, who also survives the yacht's sabotage and later leads a double life as a vigilante like Oliver. The role of Sara had been played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in brief scenes in season 1 but is formally introduced in the second season, being described as "the beginning of the Black Canary story".[6][7][8] As depicted in the second season, Oliver discovers Sara is alive, having been saved by Professor Ivo (Dylan Neal). She spends some time on the island along with Oliver before being presumed to be dead once again. She gets saved and later been trained by the League of Assassins and starts a romantic relationship with the daughter of the group's leader. She is later gone into hiding from their leader, Ra's al Ghul and secretly returns to Starling City and becomes the vigilante known as The Canary (Yellow Bird) (Arabic: الطائر الأصفر Ta-er al-Sahfer), a name she took when she joined the League. She uses a hand-held sonic device and a pair of batons which combine into a bō staff. Sara stays with Oliver and becomes a member of his team until she decides to return to the League. Sara makes a final appearance in the third season premiere, "The Calm", in which she assists Oliver in a fight with the second Count Vertigo. In the final scene of the episode, she is shot dead on a rooftop and falls on the ground next to Laurel. Sara's body is buried in the cemetery in her empty coffin. She later appears in "Canaries", as a hallucination induced by Vertigo.

The Flash

Cassidy reprises the role of Laurel in an episode of The Flash where she receives an updated version of the Canary Cry from Cisco Ramon.[9]

Legends of Tomorrow

Lotz will reprise the role of Sara Lance as a main character, resurrected by a Lazarus Pit, in the upcoming Arrow/The Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. She will wear a white version of her Canary suit and will be under the moniker of White Canary.


Justice League and Justice League Unlimited

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Black Canary, as she appeared in Justice League Unlimited. Art by Bruce Timm.

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.

In the sequel 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. She first appears as a main character in "The Cat and the Canary". 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. She also started a rivalry with Huntress.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

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.[10] This is the first time that the character has been shown in her modern costume outside of the comics.

DC Showcase: Green Arrow

Black Canary appears in the DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film included on the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD with Grey DeLisle reprising her role.[11] 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

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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. 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. The two fight against Music Meister ("The World is Mine!"), and Black Canary gets controlled again. 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 returns in "The Mask of Matches Malone!", as one of the Birds of Prey.

Young Justice

Black Canary appears in Young Justice voiced by Vanessa Marshall.[12] She is a recurring character and serves as the combat trainer for the members of Young Justice.[13] 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.[14] 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.

DC Nation Shorts

Black Canary appears with Green Arrow in the 2014 DC Nation Short: Green Arrow shorts Brick and Onomatpoeiabot.


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

Justice League Heroes

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

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

DC Universe Online

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

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

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Black Canary appeared in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.[15]

Injustice: Gods Among Us

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.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Kari Wahlgren reprises her role as Black Canary in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Additionally, the Sara Lance version is playable via downloadable content.


Black Canary has appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book.[16]


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