A ‘Birds of Prey’ Comic Book Writer On What Jurnee Smollett-Bell Got Right About Black Canary within the DC Film

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jurnee Smollett-Bell attends the

The social media embargo has lifted on the newest DC movie. Birds of Prey (and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is getting lots of optimistic consideration. However, one stands above the remainder. Here’s what the author of the comedian guide considered the movie — particularly Jurnee Smollett-Bell‘s efficiency as Black Canary. (No spoilers right here, we promise!)

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an actress

Jurnee Smollett-Bell attends the 'Birds of Prey' World Premiere on January 29, 2020 in London, Englan
Jurnee Smollett-Bell attends the ‘Birds of Prey’ World Premiere on January 29, 2020 in London, England | Lia Toby/Getty Images

Even in case you aren’t aware of her identify, the probabilities are excessive that you just’ve seen Smollett-Bell in a TV present or movie. She bought her begin on the small display screen, showing alongside her many siblings (together with Empire‘s Jussie Smollett) in On Our Own. She additionally had roles in sequence akin to Full House.

Smollett-Bell’s breakout position got here when she portrayed Jess Merriweather within the ultimate two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Since then, she’s continued to do nicely on TV as a most important solid member in True Blood and Underground.

She portrays Black Canary in ‘Birds of Prey’

Smollett-Bell (her married identify) has had much less luck on the large display screen. You most probably would know her from her position because the lead character, Judith, in Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. But now, she’s discovered her approach into the large leagues: A DC movie.

In Birds of Prey, she portrays Dinah Lance, a nightclub singer with a couple of very distinctive abilities. She finds herself blended up with Harley Quinn with the intention to take down Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask. The movie has already premiered internationally, however will likely be launched within the U.S. on Feb. 7, 2020.

This ‘BOP’ author watched Smollett-Bell movie

If you’re aware of comics, you’ll know that a number of writers usually work on the identical property at totally different instances. However, Gail Simone is without doubt one of the earliest and most outstanding writers for Birds of Prey comics. Therefore, her phrase on the topic means quite a bit.

Simone admits that, when she was invited to observe a number of the filming of the brand new film, she was “skeptical.” But one massive struggle scene modified her thoughts. And, particularly, the work of Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. Simone stated she (and people who created her look) “NAILED it.”

Here’s what else she needed to say concerning the different actors

The scene in query (no spoilers right here, we promise) is a pivotal one, and required lots of technical prowess on the a part of the actors, the crew, and everybody concerned. Simone additionally praised the remainder of the solid in flip.

She referred to as Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress “awesome,” whereas Rose Perez’s Detective Renee Montoya was deemed “AMAZING.” Meanwhile, star Margot Robbie was “a FORCE.” All of this sounds very promising, as connecting with the characters is vital on this movie.

Smollett-Bell responds

As it seems, there’s extra to the story. Smollett-Bell and Simone didn’t meet that day on set, however related later. And they actually took to 1 one other. Simone referred to as her “generally adorable” and somebody who “KNOWS her comics,” amongst different issues.

Smollett-Bell then retweeted Simone’s thread, writing, “I can’t stop crying.” She expressed her love for Simone and her writing, calling her time enjoying the character “so surreal.” Smollett-Bell completed, “Thank you for believing in me.” This mutual admiration is sufficient to ship us straight to the theater on Feb. 7.

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