Following the announcement at DC Fandome that Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher are going up against Black Adam, we now know who will be suiting up as one the Justice Society of America’s greatest heroes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Invisible Man and One Night in Miami star Aldis Hodge is in final negotiations to join the cast of Black Adam as Carter Hall aka Hawkman. The winged superhero had his 80th anniversary this year, originally created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville back in 1940 in Flash Comics #1.
Star Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to congratulate his new co-star:
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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⚡️
Hawkman was originally an Ancient Egyptian prince who became cursed and found himself reincarnating over many years and on various worlds. He is a winged hero, harnessing the mysterious anti-gravity Nth Metal, which he controls mentally and allows him to fly. His current identity is as an archaeologist and museum curator turned adventurer.
Carter Hall is the second member of Black Adam’s Justice Society of America to be cast, following on the heels of Noah Centineo who landed the role of Atom Smasher earlier this year.
Hodge and Centineo will be going head to head with Dwayne Johnson as anti-hero/villain Black Adam, with Disney’s Jungle Cruise Jaume Collet-Serra directing.
Black Adam is due in cinemas on December 22, 2021.