A fighting force comprised of fearsome females who combat the criminals in their city -- most famously in their long-running comic series -- the Birds of Prey have been a staple of DC Comics since they were first introduced in 1996. Their roster has included the likes of Black Canary and Huntress. And in their feature film debut they’re joined by the one and only Harley Quinn. Explore their legacy on DC Universe.
Below you can experience the Birds of Prey’s legacy, read their many comic stories, watch their memorable TV appearances, and explore their rich history like never before. Watch these birds soar!
The DC Universe would be a far less lively place without the hijinks and shenanigans of the former Dr. Harleen Quinzel, the one and only Clown Princess of Crime.
A crossbow-wielding warrior, the Huntress takes aim against crime in the dark heart of the city.
A fearless street fighter and co-founder of the Birds of Prey, the Black Canary battles injustice with her unmatched martial arts skills and her ear-piercing “Canary Cry.”
Renee Montoya was always one of Gotham's finest police officers. But when a lifetime of service couldn't bring her the justice she needed, she became something more.
Trained from birth as the ultimate killing machine, Cassandra Cain found a new life as a defender of Gotham City and an ally of the Birds of Prey.
The sadistic Black Mask cares about two things: hurting people and total control of Gotham City’s criminal underworld. If he can use one to accomplish the other, all the better.
One of the most popular characters in the DC Universe, thanks in part to her versatility, charisma, and cheery-but-deranged outlook on life, in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Harley is played by acclaimed actress Margot Robbie, who first portrayed her in 2016’s blockbuster Suicide Squad.
Harley Quinn Animated TV Series
Harley, voiced by Kaley Cuoco, delivers non-stop, outrageous laughs in DC Universe’s 2019 adult animated comedy series.
Batman: The Animated Series
Experience the Clown Princess first appeared in the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor.”
A radically different version of the Clown Princess of Crime appeared in the 2018 Japanese animated epic Batman Ninja.
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1
Harley’s origin was revealed in the award-winning 1993 comic book Mad Love, written by Paul Dini with art by Bruce Timm.
2011’s Harley Quinn comic series (a part of DC Comics’ New 52 era) gives the Clown Princess of Crime a bold new look and attitude.
Harley Quinn makes some new friends when she joins a platoon of DC super-villains in the New 52 era series Suicide Squad.
Vowing to free her city of corruption, in Birds of Prey the crossbow-toting Huntress is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The Huntress, AKA Helena Bertinelli, fought alongside the Black Canary in the 2005 Justice League Unlimited episode “Double Date.”Batman: The Brave and The Bold
The 2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Mask of Matches Malone!” saw Huntress and the Canary partner with Catwoman to rescue Batman.
The story of Helena Bertinelli’s early days was told in the 2008 comic series Huntress: Year One, written by Ivory Madison with pencils by Cliff Richards.Birds of Prey #57
In 2003, the Huntress joined forces with Black Canary and Oracle in the long-running Birds of Prey comic book series.
Morally strong and open-minded, a martial arts expert, and an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant, Detective Renee Montoya is portrayed by Rosie Perez in Birds of Prey.
1992’s Batman: The Animated Series introduced Renee Montoya, voiced by Ingrid Oliu, as a Gotham City Police officer in the episode “P.O.V.”Batman: The Animated Series
Officer Montoya first busted Harley Quinn in the 1993 Batman: The Animated Series episode “Harley and Ivy.”
Renee Montoya’s life as a GCPD detective was explored in the critically acclaimed, fan-favorite 2002 comic series Gotham Central.Detective Comics #854
Detective Montoya starred in a series of gripping solo stories in the pages of Detective Comics, starting with issue #854.
Sometimes the most beautiful things are also the most deadly. Such is the case with Dinah Lance, a.k.a. the Black Canary, a silver-tongued songstress with a supersonic "Canary Cry."
A highly trained martial artist, in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Dinah is played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
Batman: The Brave and The Bold
The Canary’s vocal prowess saved the day in the fan-favorite 2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister!”
Justice League Unlimited
The 2005 Justice League Unlimited episode “The Cat and the Canary” showcased Dinah Drake and her romance with Green Arrow.
DC Nation Shorts: Green Arrow
Black Canary, voiced by Kari Wahlgren, appears with her longtime partner Green Arrow in the animated DC Nation Shorts.
2015’s Black Canary comic series offered a new Dinah for the 21st century, written by Brenden Fletcher with art by Annie Wu.
Black Canary starred in her first longoing solo comic book series in 1993, written by Sarah Byam with pencils by Trevor von Eeden.
Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1
The Canary officially co-founded the Birds of Prey in 1996’s Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey, written by Chuck Dixon with pencils by Dick Giordano.
In Birds of Prey, Cassandra Cain is a highly skilled thief and pickpocket played by Ella Jay Basco.
Under the code name “Orphan,” Cassandra appears on screen in the Young Justice: Outsiders episode “Triptych.”
Cassandra Cain first appeared in 1999’s Batman #567, “The Mark of Cain,” written by Kelley Puckett with pencils by Damion Scott.Batgirl
As a new guardian of Gotham City, Cassandra was awarded her own solo series in 2000, the first ongoing comic book devoted to Batgirl.Detective Comics
As Orphan, Cassandra Cain teamed up with the rest of the Batman family in the 2016 Rebirth era Detective Comics.
In Birds of Prey, the chilling visage of Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask, is worn by actor Ewan McGregor.
Black Mask, voiced by James Remar, first appeared on screen in the 2006 animated The Batman episode “The Breakout.”Batman: Under the Red Hood
2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood marked the movie debut of Black Mask, in which he was voiced by Wade Williams.
Roman Sionis first appeared in 1985’s Batman #386, written by Doug Moench and penciled by Tom Mandrake.Batman #635
Roman played a key role in 2004-2005’s “Under the Hood” storyline, in which the second Robin, Jason Todd, returned from the grave.