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Aldis Hodge Cast as Hawkman in Black Adam

Variety reported last Friday that Invisible Man and Star Trek: Calypso actor Aldis Hodge has landed the role of Hawkman in the upcoming Black Adam movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Said Johnson about Hawkman’s involvement in Black Adam during the recent DC Fandome event:

I have a knack for destroying bullies, but there are some who think I need help. Hawkman, Doctor Fate, and their new recruits: Cyclone and Atom Smasher. They call themselves the Justice Society, an organization that believes in fighting for truth and justice. Well, I’m going to teach them that the only beliefs I fight for are mine. Welcome to truth, justice and the Black Adam way.

As a fan of Hodge from his incredible work on Short Trek I couldn’t be more thrilled to see him taking on this part. Hawkman has been notoriously difficult to translate to a contemporary audience AND into live action (no shade to Michael Shanks or Falk Hentschel – I love them both!), and Hodge brings a real grounding to the roles he takes on.

This casting continues Black Adam’s trend of casting actors who don’t necessarily resemble their on-panel counterparts. With Johnson and Hodge in mind I would love to read your casting ideas for Doctor Fate and Cyclone!

Second First Look at Batwoman

Javicia Leslie is in the cowl! While some segment of the Arrowverse are closing their doors (more on that later in this article), Batwoman is gearing up for its next chapter. I’ve written quite a lot about Ruby Rose’s exit from the show and my excitement surrounding the possibilities Leslie’s casting brings to a show that didn’t seem quite able to find its feet.

This costume test photo is very evocative of the way we’ve met past Arrowverse characters. I think she looks sharp, moody, and like she’s wearing the canon-accurate wig. What more could I want?

Feel free to share your reactions below!

WandaVision Trailer Drops

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Welcome to WandaVision. Coming soon to Disney+. Marvel Studios’ captivating new series “WandaVision” stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the fi…

Last Sunday we got some of the first happy news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amidst a slough of announcement about Black Widow being pushed back Disney+ gave us a WandaVision trailer:

The trailer debuted during the Emmys and noticeably does not include a release date. As far as we know it is slated for release post-Falcon and Winter Soldier which also lacks a release date, so at this point we are only guessing on when we will discover whether or not the twins will be making their live action debut!

Watchmen Takes the Emmys

As WandaVision was debuting  a demure 2020 Emmys ceremony, but in spite of the Covid-related drawbacks HBO’s Watchmen snapped up 11 awards – including Best Limited Series along with acting awards for leads Regina King and Yahya ABdul-Mateen II.

I know most of us who have seen the show aren’t surprised by the wins, but superhero shows don’t tend to get this type of recognition. Following in the footsteps of the much-lauded comic book series it just seems to make sense!

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Man I am so overjoyed for everyone involved with #WatchmenHBO ! I read the pilot, immediately flipped@it and read it again then started telling everyone (to their annoyance) that this day was coming. Everyone should be infinitely proud. Thank you all.

Supergirl is Cancelled

Honestly, surprised by this one. The CW Arrowverse (sorry, “CWverse”), shows very much felt untouchable

until this very moment. Per Variety following the release of the upcoming Season 6 Supergirl will take to the air no more. This follows, of course, Supergirl’s original move from CBS to CW between their first and second season.

Production on all 2020-21 broadcast series was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Supergirl had been targeting a later start of production to accommodate the pregnancy of star Benoist. I hear the series is slated to begin filming in Vancouver next week, pending a deal with the local unions to comply with SAG’s testing guidelines, which has been a sticking point for a number of Hollywood productions there. The series would initially be filming around Benoist who would join the production later, I have heard.

And

Between the delays and Supergirl’s downward ratings trajectory, I hear the producers, the studio, the network and Benoist came to a decision that it was better to end the show with a longer final season.

Are currently being presented as factors in the show’s cancellation barring a statement from the studio.

Supergirl started with such a bang and tackled more difficult subject matter than some of the other shows in the Arrowverse. I’m a little sad that it’s the first one to be cancelled, rather than “ended”, like Arrow.


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Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian girl by day and Robin by night. She lives in Los Angeles now and stars as Ensign Williams in THE RED SHIRT DIARIES, co-hosts the GEEK HISTORY LESSON podcast and writes for Top Cow.

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