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Entertainment Jurnee Smollett Reacts to Fans Calling for a Black Canary Spinoff TV Show (Exclusive)

05:30  17 may  2021
05:30  17 may  2021 Source:   etonline.com

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Jurnee Smollett holding a sign posing for the camera © Matt Winkelmeyer/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS

Jurnee Smollett is ready to step back into Dinah Lance's shoes. The actress opened up about fans calling for a Black Canary spinoff while speaking with ET's Katie Krause at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday.

"I think it's just so amazing!" Smollett said with a smile. "To see the fans be so passionate and to see them accept the character and root for the character -- I love Black Canary, I love Dinah Lance, it's such an honor to play her. It means so much to me."

Smollett played Black Canary as part of the ensemble cast of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) last year. As for whether a spinoff TV show could actually happen, Smollett admitted "it's above my pay grade."

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The most iconic TV portrayal of Black Canary is Katie Cassidy's Laurel Lance from Arrow, who took on the mantle of the hero after her sister and the first Arrowverse Black Canary (Caity Lotz) was killed in Season 3. After Laurel was killed in Season 4, Arrow introduced Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) as the show 's third Black Canary . Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett -Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor.

Jurnee Smollett said she would play Black Canary again “in a heartbeat.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor discussed her role in Birds of Prey. “It’s no secret how much I loved playing Black Canary , and [I was] so honored to take on that mantle. I would absolutely do it again if given a chance,” Smollett Smollett recently appeared as the lounge singer with killer vocals in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Right now, it’s unclear if Warner Bros. is planning a sequel to the film, but it’s good to know Smollett would be on board with returning.

"It's no secret how much I love the character and how much I would love to continue playing her, so talk to DC!" she implored. "I wish I had more say in it!"

Jurnee Smollett holding a sign posing for the camera: Matt Winkelmeyer/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS © Matt Winkelmeyer/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS Matt Winkelmeyer/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS

Smollett's performance in Birds of Prey earned her a MTV Movie & TV Awards nomination for Best Fight. The actress is also nominated for Most Frightened Performance for Lovecraft Country.

"It's so cool to be nominated for Lovecraft and Birds of Prey, two projects that mean so much to me and characters that I just loved playing," she shared. "And [it's] cool to be nominated for Best Fight, because I love to kick a**!"

"It has been such a tough year," added Smollett, who wore a Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit to Sunday's event. "Such collective grief and mourning and yet a year which I think we can all celebrate human will, and honestly it's a bit surreal."

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Birds of Prey star Jurnee Smollett admits she would be open to starring in a Black Canary television show if the opportunity were to arise. Smollett in particular received rave reviews for playing Dinah Lance, aka Black Canary . At the start of Birds of Prey, Dinah was stuck working as a singer in a nightclub owned by Black Mask, aka Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor). Dinah used her connection to Black Mask as a way to help protect young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from his influence, and in the end, she formed the Birds of Prey with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya

TV Shows . Jurnee Smollett -Bell made her debut as Black Canary earlier this year in Birds Of Prey and while the film was well-received by critics, the film's so-so box office puts into a question whether or not we'll see some of the new characters introduced in that film in a future movie. That being said, if another film does happen, Smollett -Bell says she would "absolutely" come…

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