Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EDITORIAL: How Could The Canary Cry?

EDITORIAL: The Canary Cry? How it Could Begin...

What is This Cry of Canary I Speak Of????:

The second Black Canary, Dinah Laurel Lance, possesses a "Canary Cry" – a high-pitched, sonic scream which she can deploy to shatter objects and incapacitate her opponents. Analyzing her capabilities, Dr. Mid-Nite found that she can reach ultrasonic frequencies outside the audible spectrum which render other beings unconscious. The cry has been shown to be completely useless when Dinah's mouth is covered with a gag, piece of tape, or any other means of forcing her mouth closed. When Canary is close enough she can unleash her cry to literally destroy an opponent but this is an absolute last resort. She has been able to convert her sonic powers into brainwave form, resulting in the ability to read others' minds.

Dinah states that her Canary Cry is able to inflict serious damage to beings even as durable as Wonder Woman (she has used this ability to overpower Giganta, blow Amazo's head off, and managed to overscream Silver Banshee). Moreover, in JLA/JSA: Vice and Virtue it is shown that Dinah is capable of creating sonic blasts and could generate an ultrasonic attack, which renders everyone within an ear range unconscious; this specific use of the Canary Cry requires the full capacity of Dinah's lungs. Black Canary rarely utilizes her metahuman abilities during fights, preferring to engage in hand-to-hand combat. Lately, Dinah uses the Canary Cry only against considerably more powerful metahuman opponents. Black Canary is one of the very few characters who chooses not to take advantage of their superpowers, preferring physical skill over inborn abilities. During times of extreme stress, Canary has displayed the ability to create sonic vibrations capable of destroying whatever was obstructing her mouth. Black Canary lost the Cry during the Green Arrow series. Although she fought crime without it for several years, she regained it after being immersed in a Lazarus Pit during her time with the Birds of Prey. Following DC's company-wide reboot in 2011, in Birds of Prey #10 (2012), Black Canary glides across a gorge by rebounding on sonic waves. She explains that she has been holding back ever since her husband died. In subsequent issues, she is shown using the Canary Cry to propel herself large distances in the air. In the comic "Injustice: Gods among us" she utilized the cry to overpower Superman.
Smallville's Black Canary utilized the cry as well
Dinah Lance is extremely proficient in the various styles of martial arts, and is among the world's best fighters (in Birds of Prey #125, Oracle suggests that Dinah could outfight even Batman). Moreover, Dinah possesses uncanny reflexes, on many occasions showing the ability to catch or destroy arrows in flight. Dinah is an expert motorcycle rider.

Random Thought as to How It Could Be Introduced.... INITIALLY:

Doug....Doug from UP....

Just to be clear this is a short term substitution and I DO think Arrow WILL introduce the true cry eventually. But I think it would be quick, and easy to utilize the technology from Sara's "Canary Cry in a Can" (below) and create some sort of sonic collar...much like the one used by Vox in the comics. 

Sara's Canary Cry Device
We know that Ray is a technology GENIUS...so is this to far out of the question once he becomes Atom (or A.T.O.M as Arrow may have it)? 


  1. that arrow is so connected to flash? central city is close starling ? s.t.a.r. radioactive storm company could have turned into a laurel lance metahuman ? maybe he granted sonic powers?

    1. It defeats the purpose of her learning to fight at all if she already has the powers