The DC Extended Universe simply received a little bit extra prolonged with the casting of actor Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. A significant expertise already having a giant couple of years between a number of movie and tv initiatives, Hodge is now set to subsequent star reverse Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, a superhero movie linked to 2019’s Shazam.
The information, which was introduced late Friday night, additional underlines that the Johnson-led Black Adam will likely be reaching again into the annals of early comedian guide lore, with Hawkman, alias Carter Corridor, being a personality who first appeared in 1940 by way of Flash Comics #1. Moreover, Hawkman will likely be a member of the Justice Society of America, a multi-generational superhero group that existed on the web page lengthy earlier than both the Justice League or the Avengers.
The casting is the most recent in a collection of latest successes for Hodge, who starred in Showtime’s Metropolis on a Hill final yr earlier than having a serious supporting function in Blumhouse Productions’ reimagining of The Invisible Man. Extra not too long ago Hodge appeared as one of many 4 leads in Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami. Taking part in NFL legend Jim Brown, Hodge stood out in a movie that after premiering at Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival has piqued early awards circuit chatter.
In Black Adam, Hodge joins Johnson who was famously solid because the titular character even earlier than Shazam’s launch final yr. The Black Adam character was initially created in 1945 as an historic Egyptian antagonist to the Marvel Household in Fawcett Comics. Right now, the Shazam character was named Captain Marvel, and his Marvel household rebuffed the superpowered Black Adam, who was a wholly villainous presence. Issues started to vary although when the Marvel Household was integrated into DC Comics, with its lead hero ultimately being renamed Shazam (after the verbal cue the character Billy Batson yells to be engulfed with lightning and powers).