Dinah Lance is Black Canary, a superhero skilled in martial arts that also fights crime with her powerful "canary cry".
Early in her career, Black Canary was trained by the expert boxer and masked vigilante Ted Grant, also known as Wildcat. She later married her fellow superhero Green Arrow, and the two were active members of the Justice League.
Following the destruction of Metropolis by the Joker, Black Canary immediately left the Justice League as Superman began demanding it operate with more totalitarian force. When the President of the United States asked Batman to stop Superman's impending regime, the Bat began to put together a team and sent Catwoman to recruit Black Canary to join them.
Months into their mission against Superman, Black Canary and other members of the "Insurgency" lead a mission to retrieve the experimental "Super-Pills" from the Fortress of Solitude. In the ensuing confrontation with Superman, both Captain Atom and her husband were killed.
During the second year of Superman's regime, after the funeral for her husband, Canary contacted Superman using her Canary Cry in order for them to talk. During their discussion (which temporarily went hostile when Superman put his hand around Lance's throat), Superman let her go and told Canary that he could see that she was pregnant with her deceased husband's baby.
Later, Black Canary stumbled upon Harley Quinn in the Arrowcave and, though the two initially began fighting, Harley admitted she had no where else to go and soon deduced from their interaction that Black Canary was pregnant. The two talked and bonded, and Harley admitted that she, too, was pregnant once. Before long, Harley offered herself as an ally to Black Canary, so the two could fight Superman together.
Seven months later, after remaining in hiding, Lance had a baby boy in a hospital who she named Connor Lance-Queen. Not long after giving birth, though, Canary was called into action as the war between Superman's regime and the Green Lantern Corps loomed closer and closer. Wanting to make a better world for her son, Lance answered the call.
Working alongside a mission with Batman, Black Canary took a Super-Pill and, during the battle between Superman's forces and the Lanterns, managed to get in a one-on-one fight with the Kryptonian dictator. Though both Canary and Superman exchanged blows, thanks to her enhanced durability from the pill, Canary managed to successfully defeat Superman with a Kryptonite arrow. However, just as Lance was calling in the Corps to retrieve Superman, Kent was sought out by a Yellow Power Ring and re-empowered, giving him enough energy to shoot Lance with a heat-vision blast. With her dying breath, Black Canary revealed that she was wearing video-contact lenses; the world had been live-streaming their fight and now knew how evil Superman had become. Then she succumbed to her wounds and died. Ironically, this move sealed their defeat as Superman would now be powered by the world's fear and would gain the power to kill Ganthet and Mogo.
Finding her body on the battlefield, Doctor Fate took Black Canary to an alternate Earth and revived her, breaking the laws of fate in order to give her the happy ending she deserved. Reuniting her with her baby, Fate also introduced that world's Green Arrow that had lost his Black Canary years earlier and explained that perhaps the two could rediscover the love they lost in each other.
Having lived a peaceful life on the alternate Earth for approximately five years with her son and new Green Arrow, Lance was contacted by Doctor Fate sometime after the fall of Superman's regime, who claimed he needed to bring the family back to her original Earth in order to appease the Lords of Order. Though initially hesitant, the couple obliged and returned. Reacquainting with old friends, Black Canary and the new Green Arrow were recruited by Batman to work alongside him in his mission to restore the world to what it was before Superman happened, forming what would later become the Justice League Task Force. Black Canary, remembering that she and her new Green Arrow had not actually been remarried, proposed to him, and the two quickly set up a wedding date. Due to the new risk posed by the Suicide Squad, their first task together is the protection of Superman's prison facility, which also houses the other Regime prisoners. She and other heroes and notable individuals are later called by Batman who presents reform ideas to try and repair the world's damage. Unfortunately, Ted Kord fails to show, and he is then featured as one of the millionaires abducted by Ra's al Ghul who proceeds to butcher them in live television.
Ted's death as well as Dinah also visiting the original Oliver Queen's grave pushes her fiancé to hasten their wedding before the inevitable battle breaks out.
On the day of the wedding, the service was interrupted by the the Suicide Squad, agents of the League of Assassins, as a distraction from their real mission - abducting Connor and Black Lightning's children as leverage in their next plan against the superheroes. Desperate to get their children back from Ra's al Ghul, the parents worked with Batman and some of his other allies in order to track down the League's base in the Amazon Rainforest and get them back. Despite managing to rescue the children, the mission was in some parts a failure because the League managed to distract the heroes long enough to successfully assassinate many high ranking United States representatives - including the president and the president-elect - in one terrorist attack.
Though betrayed that Batman had so recklessly put their son in danger, Black Canary and Green Arrow once again reconvened with the Justice League Task Force to help Batman track down the monster that had killed thousands of civilians in Arizona.
She and the other heroes then accompany Batman to the Fortress of Solitude in order to rescue the trapped members of the Teen Titans for their upcoming fight against al Ghul's forces. As soon as they open the entrance, however, Eradicators left behind by Superman attack the group, but Jonathan and Martha Kent arrive to have the androids stand down, revealing they were chased out of Smallville after Superman's defeat.
She and Green Arrow later join the attack on Amazo (Injustice) at Delhi. During the fight, the couple are nearly killed by Amazo's laser but are rescued in time by Barry Allen (Injustice). The pair later rejoin the fight against Amazo, who has knocked out Batman and is eventually wearing out the other heroes. At the conclusion, an unknown force drives Amazo to the moon, leading a confused Dinah to question the wounded Wonder Woman on what happened. Blue Beetle later reports that Amazo was destroyed on the moon.
She later appears with the rest of heroes in rescuing Batman after he is taken hostage by Athanasia al Ghul. She is last seen playing as a villain with her husband, and Harley with their children, when Black Lightning remarks his hopes to have a world where their children never have to step up and become heroes as well.
During Braniac's invasion, she and Oliver are tasked with Batman to work with Harley in keeping track of Gorilla Grodd's new operations. Their mission takes them to a swamp, where the Suicide Squad is transporting Scarecrow's fear gas. The trio are caught by Poison Ivy, but Harley breaks free and defeats her former friend. Scarecrow then disables both Canary and Arrow with fear gas, but Harley once again pulls through and stops Scarecrow.
The three are later tasked with stopping Grodd himself at Gorilla City. Although Batman wishes to delegate the job to Blue Beetle and Firestorm due to Dinah and Oliver's family obligations, Dinah insists on pushing through as she couldn't join Bruce until the end of his fight. She and Oliver later make quick work of both Catwoman and Bane before being confronted by Dr. Fate, who is now compelled by the Lords of Order to eliminate both her and Oliver. Although they disarm their friend, Kent warns them of an upcoming threat that may reshape the world before leaving. The pair then defeat Grodd, but this is all part of his trap and she and Oliver are abducted by Braniac and subsequently brainwashed into service.
The pair are not seen again until Black Adam and Aquaman attempt to use the Rock of Eternity's power to disable the shields of Braniac's ship, where they are placed under Grodd's control and sent to aid his operation. She and Oliver are later defeated and knocked out, but thanks to Grodd's death, they are freed from his mind control.
They and the other heroes that don't appear in the final battle are implied to have been sent across the world to fight Brainiac's Betas in the case that Superman and Batman fail to defeat the invader.
Possible Post-Brainiac Epilogue
"I'd have loved to kick back and savor kicking Brainiac's ass, but I had to rush home. I didn't know if Connor had made it out of the invasion okay. Turns out, I didn't need to worry. The crazy stress of Brainiac's attack activated my son's meta-gene. And if there's one thing you don't want to mess with, it's a scared, pissed-off three year-old with superpowers. Sure, I love that Connor takes after me. But raising him suddenly got a lot more complicated. I'm just glad to have people around that can help me and Ollie figure this whole thing out..."
Powers and Abilities
- Canary Cry: Dinah possesses a metagene that gives her a potent sonic attack, able to damage and stun foes or objects, to the point of shattering metal. She possesses a incredible degree of control over her vocal cords. This enables her to mimic sounds and generate any sound she desires, even developing several abilities. The Canary Cry has been able to reach 300 decibels, which is enough to make a person's ears start bleeding even if they're not the attack target.
- Black Canary was voiced by Vanessa Marshal.
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This character is or was a member of the Insurgency, a gathering of heroes and villains who have come together to usurp Superman's Regime and restore democratic order on Earth in the events that precede and include the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game.
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