26 September 2020 02:35
Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam movie is lining up The Invisible Man star Aldis Hodge to play Hawkman. The Shazam! spin-off isn't set to go into production this year, but the roster of heroes and villains is gradually building. Getty Images According to The Wrap, Hodge is currently in talks to play the original 1940 incarnation of Hawkman. In the DC comics, this version of the character is the alter-ego of archaeologist Carter Hall, who discovers he's the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince who was cursed and killed by an evil priest.
Although there are other versions of the character, including a 1961 reboot that portrayed him as an alien from the planet Thanagar, it's believed that Carter Hall will be the one to feature in Black Adam. DC Comics Black Adam, who's very much the anti-Shazam!, was chosen by the Council of Wizards to be their 'Champion', but after abusing his powers they imprisoned him. 5,000 years later, he escapes and sets out to continue brandishing his own form of justice. Johnson started training for the role back in January this year and previously said his "superhero dreams have come true". "As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.
But, a few years into my fantasy, I realised that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority," he explained. "Black Adam is blessed by magic with the powers equal to Superman, but the difference is he doesn't toe the mark or walk the line. He's a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who'll always do what's right for the people – but he does it his way." Last month, the actor shared a new look at his anti-hero looking equally powerful and vexed. @TheRock Twitter "You've waited long enough. As have I, thousands of years to be exact. The hierarchy of power in the DC UNIVERSE is about to change," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "The man in black comes to crush them all." The movie, which will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, also stars To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, AKA Albert Rothstein, who is known for his power of super strength and growth. Black Adam is set for release on December 22, 2021. Digital Spy has launched its first-ever digital magazine with exclusive features, interviews, and videos. Access this edition with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+. Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io Dwayne Johnson Confirms Aldis Hodge is Hawkman in Black Adam Earlier today, word broke that DC and New Line had their eye on Aldis Hodge to portray Hawkman in their upcoming Black Adam movie headlined by Dwayne Johnson. During August's DC FanDome event, the studios confirmed that the character will appear in the film as the leader of the Justice Society of America. Now, Johnson has taken to Instagram to praise Hodge's casting. It looks like Johnson personally phoned Hodge to tell him that he'd gotten the Hawkeye role. He also included a transcript of their conversation in his latest post. You can read the whole thing for yourself below. Hodge joins a cast that so far only includes Johnson and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, another JSA member. Black Adam's FanDome teaser confirmed that the big-screen Justice Society also includes Dr. Fate and Cyclone. However, those roles have yet to be cast. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing Black Adam from a script by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. Black Adam was originally supposed to start production this past summer and hit theaters in December 2021. But with COVID-19 in the way, filming will most likely begin early next year. DC still hasn't shared whether the release date will change. Are you happy to hear that Hodge is officially onboard Black Adam as the new Hawkman? Let us know in the comments down below! Recommended Reading: Justice Society of America: Black Adam and Isis We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.