Aldis Hodge Cast as Hawkman in ‘Black Adam’

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Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming DC project Black Adam got an exciting addition to its cast in the form of the new Hawkman, Aldis Hodge. Hodge is a SAG award-winning actor with multiple projects across film and television, including 2020 film hits The Invisible Man, One Night in Miami and the recently revived television show Leverage.

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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⚡️

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Although the film centers around titular character Black Adam, featured in comics as Shazam’s nemesis, the film will be introducing a whole new set of DC superheroes, including Hodge’s character Hawkman. Hawkman, aka Carter Hall, is a member of the Justice Society of America (JSA). The JSA is a group of superheroes that acted as a prelude to the Justice League in DC Comics, and will be featured in the film in a manner yet to be confirmed, although it sounds like they will be placed in opposition to Johnson’s anti-hero Black Adam in some way. So far the film has confirmed appearances from JSA members Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Doctor Fate (TBD), and Cyclone (TBD) with the possibility of more to come.

Black Adam will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in the upcoming Disney adventure film Jungle Cruise, and is expected to begin production in Georgia early in 2021. As mentioned above, little is known about the story itself and casting is still underway, so keep an eye on this space for updates. For now, fans can rest easy knowing that the character of Hawkman is in good hands with Aldis Hodge.

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