Black Canary is a superhero vigilante who fights crime using her vast knowledge of martial arts and the metahuman power to generate powerful ultrasonic vibrations through her vocal chords.

Having inherited the alter-ego "Black Canary" from her mother, Dinah Lance is a superb athlete and fighter, who seeks to establish her own identity and independence within the hero community while also paying tribute to and honoring her mother's legacy.

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Dinah Laurel Lance was born to Dinah Drake, the original Black Canary, and Gotham City detective Larry Lance.

Raised on tales of her mother's heroics as told by the members of the Justice Society of America who babysat her, Dinah soon wished to become a costumed hero like her mother, although her mother forbade it, thinking that the world had become a far more darker and dangerous place to willingly allow her daughter to succeed her.
Dinah, however, thought that her metahuman-gifted "Canary Cry" gave her an edge that her mother never had and sought out numerous fighters to help hone her skills, including former JSA member Wildcat. Years of training and dedication paid off, and at the age of 19 Dinah took her mother's mantle, albeit against her mother's initial wishes.
Establishing herself as the new Black Canary, Dinah operated out of Gotham, while maintaining a day job in the family florist business.

After becoming a founding member of the Justice League of America, Dinah met Green Arrow who she at first detested but later became romantically involved, despite the difference in their ages.
After her mother died, Dinah lost her motivation and left the League to travel the country with Green Arrow and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) to rediscover America and their motivations as heroes.

After the breakup of the League, Dinah moved to Seattle with Green Arrow, opening her own florist shop named "Sherwood Florist" and began considering starting a family.
Taking part in a failed operation to bust a drug ring, Dinah was captured and tortured before being rescued by Green Arrow. Now having lost her Canary Cry, she had also become unable to bear children and required extensive counseling afterwards.
Her relationship with Queen deteriorated after she learned that Arrow had fathered a son, which she would now be unable to do, with the assassin Shado and was taking money from the florist business. Their relationship ended when Dinah walked in on Queen kissing her shop assistant.
Now alone, the Sherwood Florist was later destroyed, leaving Dinah with no means of income, and she later learned of Green Arrow's death and of the existence of Conner Hawke, yet another child fathered by Green Arrow.

When Barbara Gordon, who was once the heroine Batgirl before being gravely injured by the Joker, established a crime-fighting career as Oracle, she recognized a kindred spirit and asked Dinah to work for her as an operative.
Some time later, while dating a mysterious European named "Raymond" (who was actually Ra's al Ghul), Dinah was seriously wounded and immersed in a Lazarus Pit, restoring her Canary Cry and her ability to have children.
Her outlook on life further restored, Dinah helps Oracle to form a covert team of female operatives which is later dubbed the "Birds of Prey". Oracle then acquires and builds a newly reopened Sherwood Florist for Dinah to own and run in Gotham.
After re-establishing the Justice Society of America, Dinah also rekindles her relationship with Green Arrow, who had since returned from the dead. However, she leaves him to continue working in the Birds of Prey.

After an encounter with Lady Shiva led to the two forming a kinship, Dinah trades life experiences with Shiva following the Infinite Crisis in hopes of softening the woman warrior, however, when Dinah realizes following Lady Shiva's path will require her to fundamentally change who she is as a person, she ends the training and returns to the United States, bringing with her a little girl named Sin who had also begun the grooming process to be Lady Shiva's successor. Dinah now hopes to balance her duties as a superhero with the responsibilities of being a surrogate mother/sister to the child.

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  • Black Canary (Dinah Lance) first appeared in Justice League of America #219 (October 1983).
  • Black Canary's voice is provided by Kelley Huston.
  • Dinah is the inheritor of a nearly two-hundred year family tradition in law enforcement which began when a member of the Drake family began service "in the original London police -- the Bow Street Runners, under the name John Fielding.
  • The trio of Black Canary, Hal Jordan and Green Arrow are dubbed the "Hard Traveling Heroes" following their soul-searching road trip across America.
  • Like her mother, Dinah owns a motorcycle. However, this one was made for her by Superman.
  • Dinah's hair is naturally black and so she wore a blond wig to match her mother's hair color as Black Canary. After joining Oracle's Birds of Prey, she abandoned the wig and bleached her hair instead.
  • The original Black Canary was Dinah Drake, daughter of police detective Richard Drake who, after being refused membership in the Gotham City Police Department, developed the costumed identity "Black Canary" to pose as a criminal in order to covertly take down criminal organizations by night while operating a florist shop by day. Eventually joining the Justice Society of America until the government forced them to disband, Dinah married Gotham City detective Larry Lance and the two would give birth to a daughter whom they also named Dinah. In Dinah Drake's last case as the Black Canary she helped the Justice League of America defeat Aquarius, but the battle resulted in Dinah being infected with cancer and her husband's death.
  • Dinah is one of the most skilled Martial Artists on the planet, having being trained by the likes of Wildcat, Richard Dragon, Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Lady Shiva.
  • Dinah sometimes plays a harmonica which she uses to strengthen her breathing and vocal cords as a form of training for her Canary Cry.
  • During an attempt to retrieve a time-displaced Cheshire and her villainess team, the Ravens, from upsetting history. Black Canary traveled back in time to America's Pre-Columbian era to retrieve them. While the mission was successful, Canary became embedded in Viking history, with a rune etched in her likeness becoming unearthed in Minnesota.
  • Impulsive, Dinah once courted and married her college sweetheart, Craig Windrow. She divorced him after realizing how selfish and morally ambiguous he was.
  • While confronting Talia al Ghul during the Infinite Crisis incident, Dinah notes her own bisexuality, stating that while Talia was attractive, the woman's allure did not affect her as she affected Batman because she, Dinah, was "75% Heterosexual". While she has no noted relationships with women, Dinah is intimately close friends with Barbara Gordon and Helena Bertinelli and openly appreciates the physiques of her fellow JLA "brothers" and "sisters".

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