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I've been getting some Aldis Hodge stuff in my news feed lately, and none of it is all that good. Yes, most of it is clickbait, but when there is little to no news coming from anywhere about Hawkman, you pick up some stuff when it pops up.
Aldis Hodge played Hawkman in Black Adam over a year ago. He did a great job with it and his performance was one of the highlights of the film. But the movie came out right when DCEU was imploding on itself and James Gunn appeared to erase everything and start from scratch. Sort of. But with his favorite pieces.
It's becoming clear that there were some plans for a Hawkman spinoff in some form, but that has all been scrapped. Hodge says that there were some plans, but he hasn't heard anything from Gunn.
While Hodge has thrown his name in the hat for the DCU’s John Stewart, he hasn’t fully closed the door on returning as Carter Hall/Hawkman. He recently admitted that he “would like to finish out the plans that we had for Hawkman, and sort of revisit them, because there’s such a body of depth when it comes to his whole storyline and all that kind of stuff.”
So Hawkman isn't happening, and he's ready to move on. That doesn't mean he's moving on from DC. It just means the he would rather play John Stewart if he's offered the chance. He seems to be letting Gunn know about his desire in some of his interviews. Hodge has already been the voice actor for John Stewart in the 2022 DC Animated Film, "Green Lantern: Beware My Power."
Looking back on the movie, Black Adam had a lot of bad luck. The movie was initially scheduled for December 2021, then July 2022, and finally released in October 2022. If it had been released as scheduled, it could have avoided the DCEU implosion. But...COVID. Then China got all upset about Pierce Brosnan being pals with the Dalai Lama and refused to release it in the theaters. If China had released it, The movie would have passed $400 easily. Bad decisions were also made with the plot, especially the overemphasis on the family in Kahndaq, especially the boy. It could have been a better and shorter movie without it.
Hawkgirl is in the plans for the Superman movie that's coming out next year, but we have heard nothing about Hawkman for quite some time. I believe we've seen the last of Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. At this point, I'll be shocked if they suddenly announce him as Hawkman for the DCU.