Superheroes are famous for having convoluted storylines, but even for the costumes, some stand out as absolute assholes. Cable of the X-Men. Donna Troy of the Amazons. Ben Reilly, Spider-Man. But only one of them is the star in Black Adam: Hawkman, the well-known costumed explorer as a modern archaeologist, a reincarnated explorer, or an alien, depending on who you ask.
Actor Aldis Hodge, who played the character in Black Adamknow very well that his character is a mess kind of thing.
“It was a funny joke when I first started researching,” he told Polygon via Zoom before the film came out. “Okay, what story? I know all the stories, all the back stories. ”
What is the plot of Hawkman?
Indeed, Hodge was a brave man. If you’re familiar with DC Comics’ Hawkman (or TV’s Arrowverse), you can know Hawkman in one of two ways: as Carter Hall, a modern adventurer who happens to be the reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian prince Khufu, or as Katar Hol, a cop from a swarm. planet where everyone has wings.
Or you may know Hawkman and Hawkwoman from the Alliance justice cartoonput both of these stories together into Carter Hall, the modern human reincarnation of an alien bird warrior who landed in ancient Egypt and became pharaoh and everything.
So which of these fellows will appear in Black Adam? Hodge doesn’t want to give away too much (though to be fair, the movie doesn’t have much time for Hawkman’s plot either, since the focus is on its protagonist). But he did talk about his personal mission, before filming began, to find the “flow of synergy” between all versions of Hawkman.
“For me,” Hodge said, “it was Carter Hall, the version most of us are pretty familiar with. […] I love the nature of his reincarnated state from the beginning […] who is a pharaoh. I connect with that the most. ”
Carter Hall also allows Hodge to find similarities between his character and Black AdamThe nimble protagonist, played by Dwayne Johnson. “Both he and Black Adam come from a healthy lineage. Both are warriors of the new age and new space, but their principles come from a very different time period. So there is a regal nature. Those are the factors that inspire me the most in knowing who this person is. ”
What does all this have to do with hawks?
In Hawkman’s First Appearance in the 1940s Flash Comics #1, writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville left him in the guise of a hawk to pay his respects, quoting, “The ancient hawk-god, Anubis. ” (Who, uh, famously has the head of a jackal, not a hawk or any other kind of bird.) So in the end… Hawkman dressed as a hawk because some people in 1940 thought it looked cool. (To be fair, it’s true.)
Hawkman’s power is often comparable to a warrior’s skills, mainly in the medieval sense of having a giant morning star to revolve around. He can also wear an anti-gravity belt and a giant set of wings made of the mystical Nth metal, in order to fly.
That’s right: The wings aren’t part of his body, and he can take them off. Over the years, Hawkman’s outfit has morphed from a tunic to a full leather belt. He is definitely a superhero who believes in maxims.”the sun goes out, the gun goes out. But when I asked Hodge if he was disappointed that Carter’s movie would cover up all the hard work he’s done to get in superhero shape, he laughed it off. And again, he shows that he’s done the research.
“Nothing! So the Hawkman armor is all made of Nth metal. There are different iterations of armor, and some of them have cuirass, which is what I wear in this movie. What I liked about it was that we got to really see the all-round talent of our art team, the designers. Kurt and Bartand then there’s the Legacy Effects studio, which actually made the armor – this Darnell Isom guy, who’s amazing, he modeled the helmet, the armor and the gear. ”
Hodge’s appreciation for the costume came partly from research it is in a designer before his acting career took off. He still keeps one foot in the design world.
“I’m actually wearing a piece of museum art!” he talks about his Hawkman costume. “I love being able to see that, because I co-own an art studio. […] We worked with the team from DC’s Green beetle, so I can look from a different angle. I appreciate the work at its peak, and I think it’s amazing.”
It just goes to show that in the comic book world, sometimes it doesn’t matter how complicated a character’s backstory is, as long as they look reveling in the action.