Renowned fan artist Boss Logic has imagined what Titans’ Alan Ritchson might look like as Hawk. Hardened DC fans will know that Hawk is the superhero identity of Hank Hall, who gains super strength, unlimited stamina and enhanced agility when danger strikes, but needs his partner Dove to keep his violent tendencies in check.
Ritchson, who previously played Aquaman on The CW’s Smallville, has now officially nabbed the heroic role of Hawk in DC's live-action Teen Titans show, Titans. He joins a fresh-faced cast that includes Minka Kelly as Dove, Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Anna Diop as Starfire, Apparently, a Hawk and Dove spinoff series for Ritchson and Kelly is already being discussed.
And now, as fans wait patiently for DC to release some official images from Titans, Boss Logic has stepped up to offer his take on what Ritchson will look like in the role of Hawk. With a costume design that harks back to the comics, spliced together with an image of Ritchson, this Twitter post offers a decent approximation of what Ritchson's Hawk might end up looking like on screen:
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) September 8, 2017
Of course, it remains to be seen if Titans will actually embrace classic costumes like this, or whether the show will go down the ‘everything is leather’ route that other superhero properties have opted for. It’s likewise unclear at this stage whether Titans will steer close to the stylistic path set out by DC's interconnected The CW shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow). Given that The CW isn't involved with Titans, which will air exclusively online through a new DC streaming platform, all bets are off regarding the look and feel of the show.
However, if something works, why would DC change it? You could argue that, given the smash-hit nature of all the existing DC TV shows, the powers-that-be wouldn’t be interested in trying anything drastically different here. Hopefully, that isn't the case, and this new DC streaming service will be able to offer some fresh new ideas and styles.
Speaking of other DC franchises, Ritchson’s casting in Titans probably rules him out for a role in Shazam, as Boss Logic points out. Ritchson had previously expressed an interest in the lead heroic role in that DC movie, but has ended up back in DC’s TV branch instead. He should be able to do fine work in Titans, though, as this young group of heroes goes up against the villainous Acolyte. It should be a fun ride.
Titans begins streaming through DC's digital service in 2018.
Source: Boss Logic