Aldis Hodge's Hawkman is a character that the new DCU must keep
The DCU looks like it's headed in a whole new direction, but Aldis Hodge's Hawkman should return, and his comic book history makes that possible.
Aldis Hodge's Hawkman should remain in DC Studios' upcoming DCU plans. Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, made his big-screen debut in Black Adam as the leader of the Justice Society of America. In Black Adam, Hodge's Hawkman leads the JSA to stop Dwayne Johnson from Kahndaq's anti-hero Teth-Adam, but they soon run into a common enemy with new villain Sabbac (Marwan Kenzari).
DC Studios seemed poised to take the franchise in a new direction as Black Adam saw the long-awaited return of Henry Cavill's Man of Steel, who unexpectedly left again as Superman. It's unclear how much the DCU's cast and stories will change under the leadership of DC Studios co-head James Gunn, and some actors may continue to reprise their roles. If a future DCU chooses to keep its original cast, Aldis Hodge's Hawkman should definitely be one of them.
Aldis Hodge's Hawkman Was One Of The Best Parts Of Black Adam
Hawkman was one of Black Adam's breakthrough characters, appearing as a seasoned hero and steadfast leader of the JSA. Hodges in this role exudes the same confidence and strength that Henry Cavill's Superman exudes, a hero with an unbreakable moral code. This makes Hodge's Hawkman a powerful pillar against Johnson's Black Adam, the two representing diametrically opposed heroes in every way. Also, like Doctor Fate's helmet and costume, Hawkman's Nth metal armor and wings are artfully brought to life from the pages of the comic book.
Additionally, Hawkman has a prominent performance in Black Adam's action scenes. Hodge's portrayal of Hawkman shows him as a skilled fighter who can hold his ground even against an enemy as overwhelmingly powerful as Black Adam. For a superhero who debuted in another character's film, Hawkman made an undeniably stunning impression in Black Adam.
How Hawkman Can Be A Part Of DCU's Future
As DC prepares to open the doors of the multiverse with The Flash, in DC Studios' future plans, the DCU could simply shift its focus from one universe to another. Meanwhile, Hawkman's extraordinarily complex comic book backstory could actually lead Hodge to switch to another Hawkman. In the comics, Hawkman is either the reincarnated Egyptian prince Khufu, aka Carter Hall, or Katar Hol, a Thanagarian space cop. While Black Adam doesn't show Hawkman's reincarnation abilities, Hodge's version is Carter Hall showing he's the former.
By showing Katar Hol's version of Hawkman in a different universe, Hodge's return could really show both sides of the character. Hodge's two versions of Hawkman could even meet at some point to showcase the true breadth of the DC canon in the film. While it's important for DC not to rely on the multiverse as a crutch after The Flash, it could be the key to keeping Aldis Hodge on as Hawkman while technically taking on an entirely new role.