Prepare yourselves, fans of DC Comics television: the upcoming seasons of The Flash, Arrow, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow won't be bringing Kendra Saunder a.k.a. Hawkgirl to the small screen alone. With the superheroine revealed in both the initial announcement trailer for Legends, and a brief appearance in The Flash's season finale, exactly how a mystical, superpowered, flying warrior would be worked into the TV universe's shared fiction has been a mystery.
Now, fans may have their first hint, as a new report claims that Carter Hall a.k.a. Hawkman will be introduced to both CW shows in their coming seasons to give context to provide some context, before (presumably) helping Kendra (Ciara Renée) take on the mantle of Hawkgirl in Legends of Tomorrow.
The details come courtesy of EW, along with a character description that should seem familiar to any fan of "Hawkman" comics - and a tease of how the two Hawk-characters have handled their endless reincarnation:
As you may have heard, Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, is coming to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but I hear we’ll actually see him pop up on The Flash and Arrow first. Described as charismatic and wise beyond his years, Hawkman is a natural-born leader with an abundance of charm and confidence—well, that’s because he’s 5,000 years old. Much like the comic book iteration, Carter retains his memories of his past lives each time he is reborn, though his lover (aka Hawkgirl) is born anew. In other words, Kendra Saunders will have no idea who he is at first.
For those who may not know, reincarnation is a core pillar of the Hawkgirl/Hawkman mythology. Reboots, retcons, and alternate takes on the heroes have changed the details of just where the heroes' spirits come from, or select, and whether the pair are aware of their past love or lives. The description above claims it's Hawkman's duty to seek out the reborn Hawkgirl, and deliver the bad (good?) news with every rebirth.
This news will no doubt excite fans of the hero, and especially those who witnessed his first incarnation on Smallville. It's hard to think of a DC superhero who would benefit more from the advances in TV special effects, even if his role in The Flash and Arrow is hard to predict. However, we know that Arrow will be dealing with Sara Lance's return as White Canary before she departs for Legends of Tomorrow, so it's likely that Hawkgirl - a certified metahuman if there ever was one - will be given a similar treatment on The Flash.
The question will now turn to casting, since The CW has shown that no introduction of a DC Comics hero is an opportunity wasted... even if it may be a little too soon to hope that a Hawkman TV series, or even a recurring role is in the network's plans.
For now, what do you think of this news? Does it seem like a wise move, and the best way to introduce the complicated mythology behind both Hawkgirl and Hawkman? Are there any actors you think could do the role justice? Sound off in the comments!
Arrow returns for season 4 Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for season 2 Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.