Black Adam actor Aldis Hodge talks about officially joining the DCEU franchise when getting the surreal Hawkman casting call from star Dwayne Johnson. After several years of being stuck in development hell, Black Adam is finally coming to theaters this fall. Johnson, who landed the role of Black Adam in 2014, was initially going to star in Shazam! as Billy Batson's iconic antagonist. However, Warner Bros. decided to go in a different direction by doing a Black Adam movie to give Johnson's character an origin story on the big screen.
While Black Adam will serve as the live-action debut of Teth-Adam, the film is also bringing several iconic DC Comics characters into the DCEU. As Black Adam is being depicted as an anti-hero, he will be rivaled by some traditional superheroes in the form of the Justice Society of America. While there have been several members in the comics, the DCEU iteration will start off with Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher. For his cinematic debut, Hodge will be bringing Carter Hall to life, better known as the winged DC warrior.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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As Hawkman will be joining the DCEU, which consists of several fellow iconic DC heroes like the Justice League, what was Hodge's experience like getting the Black Adam gig? In an interview with Collider at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Hodge goes into depth about getting cast as Hawkman and receiving the call by Johnson personally that he was joining Black Adam. According to the actor, it was a surreal moment to not only get the honor of playing Hawkman on the big screen, but to then actually suit up as the DC icon, sharing the following:
The most surreal moment for me was the very first time – there's a couple of moments honestly – the moment that [Dwayne Johnson] called me to tell me that I got the job because I didn't believe him. And the moment that I first put on the costume, tried it on, and then the next was the moment I stood on set. We were all together for the first time in costume, and we were like, 'Oh, this is cool as hell.' We were children, kids in a candy store. There are so many pivotal moments from this experience that I'll always keep with me, and it just keeps getting better and better. And now this, Hall H is another one.
While Hawkman may only now be getting his live-action debut, the character has been used in multiple DC animated projects. Hodge's comments are very relatable, as not every actor in the world gets the pleasure of being tapped to bring an iconic superhero to life, whether it be in a DCEU movie or Arrowverse show. Live-action-wise, Hodge will be joining Michael Shanks and Falk Hentschel, who portrayed Carter on Smallville and Legends of Tomorrow, respectively. Depending on how Black Adam does at the box office, this could just be the beginning for Hawkman and the JSA's run in the DCEU.
Given the major popularity behind a character like Hawkman, it wouldn't be shocking if Black Adam leads to a number of spinoffs. Whether it be a Hawkman solo-project or a full-on Justice Society of America spinoff series on HBO Max, there is a lot of potential for Hodge and his co-stars. With Hawkman's ties to the JSA but also his romance with Hawkgirl, who was almost in Black Adam, there is a lot to explore with Carter as a character. But in order to get to any of that, fans will have to follow Hawkman's story in Black Adam later this fall.
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Source: ColliderKey Release Dates
- DC League of Super-Pets (2022)Release date: Jul 29, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: Oct 21, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: Dec 21, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: Mar 17, 2023
- The Flash (2023)Release date: Jun 23, 2023
- Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023
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