Overnight the cast of Warner Bros. and DC Films Black Adam has found its Hawkman. The Invisible Man actor Aldis Hodge has been officially confirmed to join the cast alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news which was later confirmed by both Hodge and Johnson on social media.
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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⚡️
In the comics Hawkman is Carter Hall. He first appeared way back in Flash Comics #1 in 1940. In this Golden Age incarnation, Hawkman was actually pretty recognisable by modern standards. His name was Carter Hall, he wore a golden hawk-shaped helmet and he had big hawk-like wings powered by what was then called “ninth metal” (the earliest form of what we know as Nth Metal today). Oh, and he was also the reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince named Khufu—that part is something we’ll come back to in a second.
Archaeologist and museum curator by day and crimefighter by night, Carter became a staple of the teams of the time like the Justice Society of America. The JSA are set to be a pivotal part of the storyline of Johnson’s Black Adam which is set to go in production early in 2021.
Black Adam officially lands in cinemas on 22 December, 2021.