Classic superhero Hawkman is reportedly set to face off against Black Adam in Dwayne Johnson's long-in-development DC solo film.
According to That Hashtag Show, the new draft by screenwriter Adam Sztykiel (Rampage) includes roles for the winged hero, as well as fellow Justice Society of America members Stargirl and Atom Smasher.
Introduced in 1941 by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville in Flash Comics #1, Hawkman was originally archaeologist Carter Hall, the reincarnation of ancient Egyptian prince Khufu, who was murdered with his consort Chay-Ara. Reunited in the modern day they fought crime as Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Subsequent revamps of the origin made Hawkman instead a fierce warrior from the planet Thanagar.
Of course, the ancient Egyptian origin would sync up nicely with the backstory of Black Adam, the corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Shazam. In more recent decades, however, Black Adam has been more often depicted as an antihero than as a villain, and served as a member of the Justice Society with such heroes as Hawkman, Atom Smasher and Stargirl.
Created by Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan, Atom Smasher debuted in 1983 in All-Star Squadron #25 as Nuklon, Atom Smasher is the godson of the original Atom, Al Pratt. Atom Smasher is able to grow in size, up to 60 feet, with his strength and density increasing proportionately. During their time in the Justice Society, Atom Smasher developed a rivalry with Black Adam, whom he refused to believe had reformed, which then developed into a sort of kinship.
Stargirl, who's about the headline her own live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service, is a young hero who possesses enhanced agility, strength and speed due to her cosmic converter belt, and cosmic energy and flight due to her cosmic staff. The character was created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder.
That Hashtag Show reports Black Adam is searching for an actor age 30 to 39 to play Hawkman, "with an emphasis on landing someone the audience can believe could go toe-to-toe" with Johnson's character. New Line, a Warner Bros. subsidiary, is said to be looking for actors age 20 to 29 for the roles of Stargirl and Atom Smasher.
Although Black Adam does not yet have a director, it's expected to begin production in March 2020.