With it now confirmed that the Justice Society will be playing a key part in the Dwayne Johnson-headlined Black Adam, we now know who’ll be taking on the role of the film’s Hawkman.
As initially reported by The Wrap, Aldis Hodge – who most recently appeared in The Invisible Man – will be playing Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, in the picture. Hodge joins the previously announced Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher alongside Johnson’s Black Adam.
Debuting back in 1940’s Flash Comics #1, Carter Hall is an archaeologist who is the reincarnation of the Price Khufu of ancient Egypt. With Nth metal in his possession, Carter has the abilities of enhanced strength and regeneration to go along with his wings.
This won’t be the first time that Hawkman has appeared in a live-action setting, of course, with Michael Shanks playing the character in Smallville and then Falk Hentschel taking on the role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the extended Arrowverse.
Following the news of Aldis Hodge’s casting in Black Adam, Dwayne Johnson took to social media to share the brilliant conversation he had with Hodge upon breaking the news to the actor that he’d landed the Hawkman role.
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THIS IS HAWKMAN 🦅 A pleasure to welcome @aldis_hodge to BLACK ADAM. HAWKMAN is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE. I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had. Aldis: Hello? DJ: Hello, I’d like to speak to Aldis. Aldis: Who is this? DJ: This is Dwayne Johnson. * long pause Aldis: Whoever this is stop playing on my phone. DJ: This is Dwayne, is this Aldis? * longer pause Aldis: This shit ain’t funny, I said stop playing on my fucking phone. DJ: Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition - it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made. Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing — welcome to Black Adam. * longest pause Aldis: I’m sorry you’ll have to hold on for a one second. * he puts the phone down and walks away and all I hear is inaudible yells 😂 Aldis: DJAYYYY OHHHHH SHIT!!!!!! * Im laughing my ass off by now. DJ: You ok? You’re gonna crush this role! We went on to have an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation. Can’t wait to work with this very talented brother. The perfect HAWKMAN. Let’s get to work. #aldishodge #jsa #hawkman 🦅 #blackadam⚡️
To be directed by The Shallows’ Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam is currently set for a December 2021 release.