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Warner Bros. Eyeing Muslim Actor for Role of Hawkman

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

 

Okay, I’ll stop quoting Adele – even though Rumor Has It is a great song – but according to  WeGotThisCovered and CosmicBook , DC and Warner Bros are looking for a Muslim actor to star as Hawkman:

Sources close to We Got This Covered can confirm that as has been rumored a few times now, WB is definitely developing a Hawkman movie and apparently, are eyeing a Muslim actor (who wasn’t named), between the age of 30-39, for the lead role. Furthermore, it’s said that Hawkgirl will feature as well, though no details on who may play her were disclosed.

 

Illustration of Hawkman arms outstretched in flight
IMAGE VIA COMIC VINE

This would be a great win for diversity in the comic book world, as well as for Hollywood over all!

 

For those who don’t read comic books (why don’t you? They have words and pictures! The best of both worlds!) Hawkman is a dude named Carter Hall. Introduced back in 1940, he’s an archaeologist who finds an ancient knife, and upon touching it, he realizes he is the reincarnation of Khufu, the Egyptian Prince which an evil priest named Hath-Set killed with that very knife.

 

Illustration of Hawkman- with the caption 'The Hawkman- Peril of the Night'
IMAGE VIA DC FANDOM

Well, that’s the Golden Age origin. He’s also got a second origin, which basically just adds to his first origin.

Basically Prince Khufu reincarnates himself using alien technology and becomes cursed to be reincarnated countless times – always finding the reincarnated love of his life before being killed by a reincarnated Hath-Set. Who knows how far they are going to dive into his origin?

In fact, who knows anything? Let’s face it: DC movie news is constantly in flux. Remember when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was cast as Black Adam.

 

Dwayne The Rock Johnson looking to the left
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For those of you who don’t know Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam since forever ago. Heck, back in August of 2018, Hiram Garcia, president of productions at Seven Bucks Productions, told Collider that, “…I pitched [the character] to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind”.

So Dawyne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam – they just need a movie to put him in. Could this Hawkman movie be it? Or will it go the way of “Rumor has it Michael B Jordan might be Superman” and disappear from our consciousness, making this article obsolete?

 

Illustration of Black Adam
IMAGE VIA COMING SOON

Let’s hope not.

 

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Superman American flag

In the 1940s, Superman Crushed the Real-Life KKK. Will He Do It Again?

We might have podcasts and think they’re super cool and groundbreaking, but people were doing the same decades ago in the form of radio serials. And how popular they were. Throughout the 1940s, one of the most popular was DC Comics’ The Adventures of Superman. Superman first appeared in print in 1938, but his adventures on the radio gave him some of his most distinguishable traits: kryptonite, for one.

 

Meanwhile, in those post-WWII years, the Ku Klux Klan was making a comeback. A young activist named Stetson Kennedy began covertly attending KKK meetings to gather intel. The problem was nobody was interested in his intel. The cops were afraid of taking on the KKK, that’s how powerful they had been at the time. So instead, Kennedy approached the team behind The Adventures of Superman, as one does. The producers were looking for a new enemy for Superman (since the Axis powers were defeated), so they teamed up with Kennedy to produce the sixteen-episode arc “Clan of the Fiery Cross.”

 

The story was such a hit that just two weeks after its release, KKK recruitment was totally obliterated. People began showing up to meetings, instead, to mock the creeps in white hoods. Superman, thus, defeated real-world villains—with the help of Kennedy and the radio show team, of course.

 

Now it seems DC may be resurrecting the arc. DC has announced two new publishing lines intended for younger audiences. DC Zoom is aimed at the “middle-grade” market of 8-12 year olds, while DC Ink is going for the “young adult” market. YA cartoonist Gene Yang is teaming with DC Zoom for a limited comic run called Superman Smashes the Klan. It seems likely Yang will be at least riffing off the legendary The Adventures of Superman arc, if not totally aping it.

 

DC Zoom promo

DC Zoom promo art. | Image Via DC Comics

 

Though they have been lagging behind their competitors in theaters, DC has been absolutely crushing the comic world lately. They’ve nabbed several talents from Marvel in recent years—Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis. DC Zoom and DC Ink have wonderfully diverse (both in terms of content and creators) comics on the pipeline. Yang’s series can’t come at a more crucial time as white nationalists have found a hotbed of breeding on the seediest corners of the internet. Hopefully his resurrection of Kennedy’s post-War Superman story can help stimy Naziism in young people’s minds. Did you know, after all, the “S” on Superman’s chest is the Kryptonian symbol for hope?

 

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