Ladies and gentlemen, I’m thrilled to announce that Marc Guggenheim, an executive producer for the CW’s Arrow, has announced that the show’s creative team is thinking about bringing the Birds of Prey into the series. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Guggenheim had this to say…
“We have an idea for how to do our version of Birds of Prey. When you think about it, we have a lot of pieces. It’s a lot like the Suicide Squad. As we continue to populate our world with new characters and some returning people from last year, you start to go, “We’re really close to that!” We saw this awesome bit of production art for a new set that we realized plays into Birds of Prey completely. Our Art Department wasn’t even intending that! There’s certainly a momentum towards that, but everything has to happen in due time. With respect to Birds of Prey specifically, there’s an actress that we particularly need to make that piece work and we need to check on her availability.”
This isn’t too surprising considering Huntress, played by Jessica De Gouw, was featured in three episodes in season one. Additionally, Black Canary, played by Caity Lotz will be making her debut in season two. So they are only one lovely superheroine away from having the most famous line up of the Birds of Prey.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Birds of Prey, it is one of the more famous groups in DC comic history and for good reason. The group has had male members from time to time, but for the most part Birds of Prey has had an all-female roster. The group first appeared in June 1, 1996 in the one shot Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey written by Chuck Dixon. The most iconic lineup didn’t happen until 2003 when Gail Simone took over and added Huntress, and the series reached new heights of popularity. Since then the Birds of Prey have had a variety of members including Lady Blackhawk, Misfit, Black Alice, Power Girl, Hawk Girl, Vixen, and even Poison Ivy. So it’s safe to say there is a lot of potential for great stories, should the Birds of Prey be added to Arrow. This wouldn’t be the first time Birds of Prey was getting a live action adaption though. The group had a short lived series with the iconic lineup back in 2002.
As for the actress Guggenheim was speaking of, my bets are on it being Jessic De Gouw since she is currently one of the stars of NBC’s Dracula. If not her, then I’d say they have a specific person in mind to play Oracle. Though who that particular actress would be is anyone’s guess.
I will be honest in the fact that as much as I’m excited for the possibility of Birds of Prey being featured on Arrow, I’m also absolutely terrified. My main reason for this is because with Arrow there is basically only one rule; no superpowers. With Huntress this wasn’t as big of a deal, but I’m still wondering if they’ll be able to pull off Black Canary in such a world. Especially since this is only the beginning of Black Canary, and that makes me very worried because the way that’s been said makes me think they’ll be switching actresses for Black Canary later on. I honestly believe that the way they handle Black Canary could make or break the possibility of Birds of Prey getting time on Arrow. Only time will tell though, and it’s safe to say we probably won’t hear anymore info on this until season 3 is confirmed and gets close to filming.
Despite my worries, I’m still very excited for this. So Green Arrow, step aside because while all the boys can always save the day, no one does it better than the Birds of Prey.
What are your thoughts on the Birds of Prey joining the fray? Who would you cast as Oracle? Let us know down below!