‘Hawkman’ Movie Will Be Like ‘Indiana Jones, Da Vinci Code, & Ghost’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:03 am,

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When you think of DC Comics properties that are desperately in need of being adapted to the big screen, you think of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Shazam!, maybe even Aquaman. You don’t, one would wager, dream of all the ways Hollywood could make a Hawkman film.

That’s probably because there are hundreds of versions of the character, each more ridiculous than the last. That said, Hawkman certainly has his quality comic book runs and avid fans, so it was only a matter of time before Hollywood did adapt the winged hero for the silver screen. Which is to say, starting now.

According to It’s On The Grid – by way of Badass Digest and The Playlist – Warner Bros. is currently hiring writers for a Hawkman film, to be produced by Adrian Askarieh (who’s developing films for Danger Girl, Kane & Lynch, and Hitman 2), Gregory Noveck (executive producer for the animated Wonder Woman, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Superman/Doomsday films), and Will Hackner.

Check out the logline for the film below:

Part INDIANA JONES/DA VINCI CODE, part GHOST tentpole about the fictional superhero that appears in D.C. Comic books. He used archaic weaponry and large, artificial wings attached to a harness made of the Nth metal that allows flight. Most incarnations of Hawkman work closely with a partner/romantic interest named Hawkgirl or Hawkwoman in his fight against supervillains. Based on the DC comic.

Loglines that combine the plot of several popular movies are usually exceptionally annoying, but it seems like DC just took the general story behind the original Hawkman – Carter Hall – and tried to find several popular movies that were vaguely applicable so the Hollywood suits would nod their heads and say, “Oh, yes, yes, I liked all three of those motion pictures. All three.”

The Carter Hall version of Hawkman involves Egyptians, archeology, action and adventure, reincarnation, and love through the ages between Hawkman and Hawkwoman. So obviously a Hawkman film would be: Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code meets Ghost. With giant, otherworldly wings that allow the wearer to fly like a bird. Oops, looks like they forgot to throw Fly Away Home into the logline, as well.

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The last time we saw a live-action Hawkman was in the “Absolute Justice” episode of Smallville. The results (above) were less than impressive, visually-speaking.

Keep your eye on the main page for more Hawkman news as we get it.

Source: It’s On The Grid [via Badass DigestThe Playlist]

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  1. I do agree that Hawkman’s costume is going to be the toughest part of this movie to pull off. The story is there, but they have to make him not look silly.

    My opinion? Get away from that Smallville/JSA costume. Re-invent the costume. Modernize it.

    I think they need to borrow some ideas from the gritty Predator “armor” (as in the Predator movies). I don’t mean give Hawkman dreadlocks, but just make him seem more alien. Predator looked like an alien gladiator. That is what Hawkman needs to be as well.

    They do have to keep some form of the helmet intact though. It’s his most recognizable piece. The wing-ears particularly. But they could definitely make his bird-eyes seem cool. I wouldn’t mind if they got rid of the beak, though.

    • @ Phil

      Hawkman’s costume will need work which i agree, helmet aswell. But i wouldn’t lose the beak though imo. It would be like cutting off Batman’s ears off his cowl or Flash’s lighting bolts. The helmet that Michael Shanks wore on Smallville’s Absolute Justice imo looked good.

  2. But seriously, what self-respecting comic fan even watches these terrible movies? Why is there even a discussion about this? I’d rather there only be Batman and Superman movies because it stops the rest of the DC Universe from being turned into the same steaming pile of dung that those movies were.

    • @ Lol

      Im willing to atleast give the films a benefit of a doubt. As a comic fan, i rather have them take the chance at trying rather see nothin but Batman & Superman films only. If that was to happen id skip them & watch whatever Marvel releases.

    • Quite a few people enjoy superhero movies and want to see a wide variety of heroes portrayed (well) onscreen. I assure you that self-respect is NOT an issue in such matters. :)

      • @ Archaeon

        I want to enjoy a wide variety of superhero films portrayed (well) onscreen myself. But it seems to me alot of people have such high expectations & think those films can’t be done that well.

        • Yeah, I know…it strikes me as odd.

          I know the studios make a LOT of mistakes and outright stupid decisions, and I realize the thought of wading through the morass of mediocrity of the modern field of movies (both out and in development) can be frustrating. I just think that if we allow ourselves to become TOO downtrodden about the possibilities (or lack, thereof) for these superhero films, we’ll miss gems like the Burton and Nolan Batman films, the Donner Superman films, “Blade”, and “Spider-man 2″.

          …and that’s coming from an extreme cynic and pessimist!

  3. I wouldn’t mind them making a Hawkman man movie. They would have to stay away from the comic look and lean more towards the Smallville style.( Miss that show all ready) Michael Shanks was born to play the rule. Just get Jessica Biel to play Hawkgirl and a good director and there you go.

  4. This could work and work well with the Indiana Jones angle.


    Indiana like archeologist Carter Hall is your typical yet to hit the big find archeologist who in order to get by till he finds that goldmine, takes on questionable jobs for scrupulous imports dealers. Basically hes the front guy for international arms dealers and while he doesn’t really know hes the front man he convinces himself that these guys really are interested in old scrolls and Ming dynasty vases.

    While out on one of these questionable jobs he stumbles across a real artifact of unknown origin. He follows where it leads him to what he thinks will be his history making find. The second in charge of the people he works for and who is dating the girl that Carter has loved since school is suspicious and believes Carter may be onto something so he shadows Carters route.

    Carter stumbles across the buried temple of a never before identified deity that resembles what is part man and part bird. He manages to get into the center of the tomb (thinks the jewels are there) and that’s when his shadow (the mob guy) reveals himself and tells Carter hes dead for trying to keep this from the boss. During this encounter a bx is knocked over letting loose something that’s been imprisoned here for a very long time. Also loosened is a warrior half man and half bird who calls himself Hawkman. However he is old, very old; too old to fight and so he tells Carter it is his responsibility to put the demon back in its cage. Naturally Carter says hes just a dirt cataloger and no hero. But when he realizes that the girl of his dreams was with the mob guy who is now dead on the floor (thanks to what was loosened) and it has taken her he mans up to the role.

    And so the story goes with him getting the story behind the Hawkman and the entrapped beast as well as Nth metal and is empowered with the power of the Hawkman. Hes of course comical at first as he’s not been properly trained but he steps up and manages to get the girl back and imprison the loosened beast.

    Movie ends with a kiss from the girl and the realization that more then one prisoner was loosened from this Earthly prison and so Carter has to keep the Hawkman duty till he rounds up all that he let escape.

    • BlueCollarCritic…

      This is not a criticism OR critique, just an observation:

      Your plot summary sounds exceedingly similar to the basic premise of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern mythos.

  5. I agree with BlueCollarCritic. Hawkman should just be Hawkman. Not some Joe Schmoe guy that stumbles onto powers and learns to use them. He should just be Hawkman, the winged Conan from another world who comes to kick ass and take names.

  6. I just want to say if they make A Hawkman movie please don’t leave out Hawkgirl. They left her out of Smallvile and that disapointed me greatly.
    Also I think they need to talk to the efects crew from the AXE body spray comcerial. You know the one with the angels falling out of the sky. Their wings looked A lot better than the pair used on Smallvile.

  7. Costume definately needs a revamp, but I would love to see Michael Shanks continue playing the role. I loved him in Smallville! He did such a great a job with the Carter Hall part and I was really surprised by how well he did as Hawkman.