Dinah Laurel Lance (New Earth)

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Real Name

Dinah Laurel Lance

Main Alias

Black Canary

Other Aliases

[ 1 ]

Myra Kallen


( father, deceased ),
( mother, deceased ),
( ex-husband ),
( ex-husband ),
( adoptive son ),
( adopted daughter ),
( adoptive daughter ) Richard Drake (grandfather, deceased), Larry Lance (father, deceased), Dinah Drake (mother, deceased), Craig Windrow (ex-husband), Oliver Queen (ex-husband), Roy Harper (adoptive son), Mia Dearden (adoptive daughter), Cynthia Lance (adoptive daughter)


Birds of Prey ·
Justice League of America,
Justice Society of America,
Justice League Task Force,
Justice League International,
Team Arrow


Base Of Operations

Gotham City
Hall of Justice ·
Justice League Watchtower ·
Star City ·
Metropolis ·
Oracle ‘s Watchtower ·
Seattle ·
JSA Headquarters






Public Identity



Marital Status



Vigilante, Adventurer, Florist









Blond · formerly Black



Earth-One · New Earth


Dennis O’Neil · Dick Dillin

First Appearance
Justice League of America #75
(November, 1969)
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Dinah Laurel Lance is Black Canary, one of the populace ‘s first soldierly artists. She is the daughter of Dinah Drake, who used the nickname before her, and a frequent partner of Green Arrow, who over time became her boyfriend, conserve, and ex-husband. Black Canary has been an important extremity of the Justice League of America and the Birds of Prey.


Dinah Laurel Lance was born into a syndicate of crime fighters. Her founder Larry Lance, was a patrol policeman, while her mother ( besides named Dinah ) was the original Black Canary. Dinah chose to become a crime-fighter at the long time of nineteen, despite her mother ‘s wishes to the reverse. Following a rigorous aim program under the insomniac eye of the original Black Canary ‘s close friend Ted Grant, besides known as Wildcat, Dinah took up her mother ‘s identity and adopted a costume as her own .
Differentiating herself from her mother, Dinah was singular in the fact that she had the might to do a ‘Canary Cry ‘, a superpowered screech to use against her foes. however, the origin of how she got her baron changed over time. At one luff, Dinah ‘s ‘Canary Cry ‘ was the leave of her being cursed by the condemnable the Wizard during her childhood. however, due to cryptic changes in the timeline, these sonic powers were late said to have been a by-product of Dinah possessing the metagene, making her a super-powered metahuman since birth .

Justice League

Main article: Justice League Origins not long after her debut as Black Canary, Dinah Lance became a establish member of the Justice League of America. It was Dinah who suggested the newly-formed name of the League, in deference to her mother ‘s having been a member of the Justice Society of America. [ 2 ] It was through her new association with the Justice League that she first gear met Oliver “ Ollie ” Queen, besides known as the green Arrow. Black Canary ‘s membership in the JLA lasted for many years. Her friendship with Oliver Queen developed during this time as their feelings for one another became amatory. When Oliver chose to quit the League in ordering to continue his efforts in Star City on his own, [ 3 ] Dinah decided to join him there soon after .

Hard Traveling Heroes

Whilst Green Arrow and Green Lantern went on a road travel to rediscover America, Dinah was coincidentally motorcycling near Mount Rainier, Washington when she was run down by a motorcycle crowd. Left unconscious in the road, she was rescued by a world named Joshua, who was actually a white supremacist fad leader who hypnotized her to his campaign. green Arrow and Green Lantern came to the rescue but were defeated by Black Canary and the cult. When Dinah was put in the position to execute her lover Green Arrow, the soporific clasp broken, and the heroes defeated the white supremacists. [ 4 ] Ashamed of being involved in such a despicable group—albeit against her will—Dinah devoted some of her prison term to work with the Native Americans on the booking that Joshua had intended to murder. [ 5 ] Dinah rekindled her woo with Ollie and joined the heroes on their road trip. in concert they attended the test and sentence of their acquaintance Old Timer, [ 6 ] thwarted Sinestro and his sister, [ 7 ] stoped an evil man exploiting a metahuman child, [ 8 ] and helped Green Arrow ‘s buddy Speedy through his withdrawal from drug addiction. [ 9 ]

green Arrow ‘s disappearance

After green Arrow by chance killed a man, he abandoned his desperate character, along with his civilian life in Star City. [ 10 ] Hal sought Dinah ‘s serve to locate their missing acquaintance. Her probe unwittingly led her to a mystery hate gather, organized by none other than Joshua ‘s sister. She was discovered and outnumbered by the angry throng who threw her off the roof of the construction but was fortunately saved by green Lantern. [ 11 ] Continuing Black Canary ‘s rush of bad luck, a drugged driver crashed into a call booth when she was making a call. badly hurt and losing a bunch of lineage, Hal knew Ollie was one of the few people with her rare rake type that could save her. Hal had heard of the discovery of the Arrowplane wreckage, and from there, soon tracked him down in an isolate monastery. Despite his own shame and his contempt for club, it only took the mention Dinah ‘s predicament to get Ollie to return home. Through a lineage transfusion, Oliver saved Dinah ‘s life, and she made a full recovery. [ 12 ] Around this clock time, Black Canary became a establish extremity of the modern Justice League International established by Maxwell Lord. [ 13 ]

The Longbow Hunters

Main article: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters Oliver and Dinah went into business together and set up a bloom patronize in Seattle called “ Sherwood Florist “ in addition to fighting crime. Oliver was having something of a midlife crisis however, barely as he was about to turn 43. He wanted to marry Dinah and have a veridical kin with children of his own. Dinah turned down the idea, citing that their lives were excessively dangerous to have children .
During this time, Dinah was kidnapped by a drug dealer she was investigating. She was viciously tortured within an edge of her life until she was found and rescued by Ollie, who killed her torturer, altering his career as the Emerald Archer. [ 14 ] When Dinah came out of the hospital, she was distillery emotionally traumatized by the incident. She learned that she had lost her ability to perform her Canary Cry and that she was nowadays permanently sterile. Oliver was with her as she entered rede. Dinah was initially hesitant to fight crime during the first few weeks after leaving the hospital, but, when she stopped a group of muggers on the bus, she felt back to her old self. She realized her biggest fear was that she would not be able to fight back anymore, and that fear was gone. [ 15 ] Though the trauma had brought Dinah and Oliver closer together, Dinah ‘s permanent sterility caused her capital grief. even though she did n’t want kids, knowing she never could was heartbreaking. Their kinship was strained further when Dinah caught Oliver kissing their new assistant Marianne, and Dinah dumped him. [ 16 ] Months late, Dinah was told of Oliver ‘s death by his bastard son Connor Hawke. [ 17 ]

Birds of Prey

After his death, Dinah was contacted by Barbara Gordon, known as the computer genius Oracle, to work in Gotham City. Dinah accepted and moved across the country to start her raw animation. The pair formed a heroic partnership as the Birds of Prey. As an indication of the new chapter in her life, Dinah decided to abandon the blond wig she disguised herself with and alternatively began bleaching her natural hair, & grew it out. besides, because she had lost her ability to Canary Cry, Dinah began using hand-held electronic weapons to simulate her iconic approach alternatively. After a battle with Ra ‘s alabama Ghul, Oracle urged Dinah to take a dip in the mysterious Lazarus Pit. Doing indeed healed her injuries and restored her fink Cry, arsenic well as her ability to have a child. [ 18 ] As prison term went on, the Birds expanded their membership, operating aboard noteworthy female agents such as the Huntress, Gypsy, and Lady Blackhawk. Oracle besides helped Dinah reopen her flower shop class “ Sherwood Florist ” in a new location in Gotham .

greens Arrow ‘s resurrection

Dinah helped found a new incarnation of her mother ‘s old team, the Justice Society of America, following the death of JSA founding member Wesley Dodds. [ 19 ] and developed a crush on the new Doctor Mid-Nite, however, she finally resigned when she learned that her ex-boyfriend Oliver Queen had been resurrected by Parallax. Dinah traveled to Star City, where the two former lovers were happily reunited. Their renewed relationship was ephemeral however, as Dinah feared that Oliver would possibly try to take advantage of his new youthful female ward Mia Dearden. Dinah returned to Gotham City, where she continued to function with the Birds of Prey .

Jade Canary

Over the course of a class, Dinah agreed to switch places with the assassin Lady Shiva as a way to possibly enrich both their perspectives. Dinah hoped that Shiva ‘s membership as a Bird of Prey would soften the woman as warrior, while besides believing that partaking in Shiva ‘s training regiment in Vietnam would strengthen her own skills as a crimefighter. finally, Dinah realized that following Lady Shiva ‘s coach path would require her to basically change who she was as a person ; therefore, she ended the coach and returned to the United States. With her, she brought a young girlfriend she had met named Sin, who besides had begun the harsh grooming action to be Lady Shiva ‘s successor. [ 20 ] Oliver Queen used his connections as the mayor of Star City to allow Sin to immigrate into the state.

Upon her fall, Black Canary told Oracle that she would formally be leaving the Birds of Prey to devote herself to raising Sin in Star City. [ 21 ] She did n’t give up super heroics completely, however ; Dinah was named the president of the newly reformed Justice League of America due to her strong abilities and strategic mind .

marriage proposal

Dinah finally returned to super heroics in Star City to aid Oliver, Connor, and Mia against the villains Roadblock and Merlyn. During the class of their deputation, Dinah rekindled her relationship with Oliver yet again, feeling that he had rightfully changed over the path of his adventures. oliver admitted to Dinah that many of the changes he made over the last year were due in most separate for her, because he wanted to be a better man. As the struggle concluded, Oliver at last proposed to Dinah. Dinah however, needed clock time to consider her answer. concisely thereafter, Canary ‘s adopted daughter Sin was kidnapped by Merlyn, and Green Arrow and Speedy jump into action to get her back. To save the girlfriend ‘s liveliness, Ollie was forced to fake Sin ‘s death, keeping the cognition of the plan between himself and Mia, knowing that doing so would sacrifice his kinship with Dinah. The design was a achiever : Sin ‘s death was faked, and she was safely returned dwelling. After the fact, Ollie admitted what he had done, and, recognizing that he was will to sacrifice his own happiness to save her daughter ‘s life, Dinah finally agreed to marry him. [ 22 ]


Main article: Green Arrow and Black Canary’s Wedding After a big manage of compromise and discord, Dinah and Ollie agreed to get marital inside the Secret Sanctuary, the original cave headquarters of the Justice League of America. Wedding guests included closely everyone within the superhero community who were asked to attend the ceremony in-costume. On the day of the wedding, the ceremony was interrupted by a phalanx of supervillains, who attempted to take out deoxyadenosine monophosphate many heroes as potential in one fell swoop. about all of the villains were apprehended except for Deathstroke, who managed to escape. Despite the break, the ceremony concluded and Dinah Lance and Oliver Queen were married. [ 23 ]

final crisis

now as a marry couple, the couple continued to fight crime alongside one another, facing newly challenges. They fought off Cupid, a vigilante with an obsessive crush on the green Arrow, and Discord, a serviceman with a grudge against the Canary for deafening him with her yell. shortly after, Darkseid attacked Earth and took control of it with the Anti-Life Equation. Dinah planned an attack on Darkseid from the Justice League Watchtower, but her plan was thwarted by a mind-controlled green Arrow. She was forced to fight her husband and successfully freed him from the equation ‘s control. [ 24 ] In the consequence of Darkseid ‘s frustration, Gotham City had to cope with the apparent death of Batman. Dinah was summoned to Gotham along with early heroes to join the Network as a means to maintain holy order without him. [ 25 ]

Cry for Justice

Main article: Justice League: Cry for Justice Canary had finally resigned from her put as president of the Justice League but remained an active voice member. however, Hal Jordan and Ollie had felt the team had lost its commission and left to start their own rival Justice League. Feeling betrayed by her husband, Dinah confronted him on the Justice League Watchtower, but their fight was cut short because greens Arrow had to warn his early teammates of a threat his team had discovered. The villain Prometheus was planning a organize attack against all of the world ‘s heroes. Before he could successfully warn the master League, Prometheus broke into the Watchtower and attacked the heroes, severing Red Arrow ‘s arm and incapacitating Black Canary. The League was able to capture Prometheus before he could do any more damage but, in his question, he admitted that his plan was to destroy every major city protected by a superhero, starting with Star City. On cue, Prometheus ‘ trigger valet Electrocutioner activated an plosion that wiped out a massive assign of Star City. Green Arrow and Black Canary panicked and used the League ‘s teleporters to provide aid and look for survivors in the wreckage. In the end, Ollie and Dinah found the cadaver of Roy Harper ‘s young daughter Lian. Dinah and Donna Troy delivered the newsworthiness to Roy in the hospital as he recovered from his losing his weapon. Oliver, interim, took revenge on Prometheus by executing him with an arrow to the head .

accrue of park Arrow

Oliver ‘s murder of Prometheus was condemned by his friends in the superhero residential district, including Flash and Hal Jordan. Unrepentant, Oliver went on the run to avoid punishment. Dinah, wanting what she thought was best for her conserve, joined Hal and Barry in searching the ruins of Star City for him. When they found him, he attacked them all, subduing them farseeing adequate to escape. He was searching for the world who pulled the trigger to destroy Star City, the Electrocutioner. Oliver finally calmed down, realizing the damage he was doing in his bay for revenge. He turned himself into the authorities for punishment. Dinah visited Oliver in imprison and told him she understood that he needed clock time to be alone. however, still fabulously hurt by his actions, she gave him her ring back and told him their marriage was over .

Blackest Night

Main article: Blackest Night The Earth was subject to another crisis when Nekron attempted to take over the universe with his united states army of undead Black Lanterns. Nekron was able to resurrect the dead as mind-controlled zombies, including people who were previously dead, like Green Arrow. With the help of Mia Dearden and Connor Hawke, Dinah fought her zombified Black Lantern ex-husband. The exist cadaver fed off of misery and overwork Black Canary ‘s emotions to grow stronger, while Oliver watched powerless inside his own consistency. To emotionally hurt her, the Black Lantern claimed he had secretly been in love with the assassin Shado, who had raped him and sired him a son around the time Dinah was tortured by a drug dealer. He besides called her a fool for believing he had always changed .
Though the Black Lantern had the opportunity to execute Black Canary, Oliver regained control of his body for retentive enough to miss the shoot and hit a fluent nitrogen container. Connor, under Dinah ‘s instructions, then used the liquid nitrogen to freeze him until the Blackest Night was over .

Brightest Day

Main article: Brightest Day Like her last major separation with Oliver, Dinah left Star City to start a newfangled life in Gotham City, reforming the Birds of Prey with Oracle. This time, they expanded their membership immediately to include Dove, Hawk, Huntress, and Lady Blackhawk.


  • 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.
    • Telepathy (Pre-Crisis only)[26]



  • Body Armor
  • Oracle Tech: Necklace and earrings used as communication devices from Oracle.



  • Various Martial Art Weapons
  • Canary Cry Bomb (Formerly) During the time she was without her actual Canary Cry, Dinah carried round bombs that would emit a similar loud sonic sound.

  • Dinah Lance self-identifies as a Christian, stipulating “it’s complicated.”[49]
  • Dinah admits she likes the idea of Nightwing naked.[50]
  • Dinah states that she finds kissing Batman kind of hot, like kissing your principal while on detention.[51]
  • Dinah shared a kiss with the Flash, when on the battlefield.[52]
  • Dinah was in her twenties during the early years of the Justice League of America.[53]
  • Prior to and during her heroic career Dinah wore a blond wig to hide her identity and mislead her enemies. Later, she bleached her hair blond instead of concerning herself with a wig.
  • Dinah plays a harmonica which she uses to strengthen her breathing and vocal cords. This is a form of training for her Canary Cry.[54]
  • Dinah has a rare Rh-negative blood type, the same as her lover, Green Arrow.[12]
  • Dinah secured a job as a physical education teacher at Meadowhill School before its destruction.[8]
  • Dinah’s phone number is (555)1732-4516.[55]


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