10 'Justice League' members who deserve a shot on the big screen
How many do you recognize?
Pros: Alien cop. Really, that's the key thing to keep in mind. That's a pretty cool character to play with, and while DC has done their fair share of retconning of Hawkman over the years, that is the main character trait that sticks. That's the version that was used for perhaps the longest continuous run of the character in the Silver Age, and it's still probably the most successful realization of who he is. He and his wife both came to Earth in pursuit of a criminal, then stayed here and ended up joining the Justice League. He flies thanks to wings made of Nth-metal, and he typically uses slightly antiquated weapons.
He's an interesting duty-driven character, and considering how often superheroes are driven by angst or by guilt or by a random genetic mistake, it's nice to see someone who is doing what he's doing because it's a choice he's made, and he believes it is right and good. Since Hawkgirl has been such a big part of the animated "Justice League" incarnations in recent years, there's always a chance DC will push to have her in the line-up instead, but the point remains the same. Alien cop. And with designs that memorable, whichever one they use is sure to be a visual standout in the film.
Cons: Like Doctor Fate, DC has had a hard time settling on who exactly Hawkman is, and it is frustrating to see how many times they've totally jettisoned his origin and backstory and tried to make him into something he is not. There's also the possibility that the costume will look silly if handled wrong, and audiences may wonder why he would strap on fake wings and a mask that outrageous if he's not actually half-man half-bird. One of the things DC has to acknowledge is how silly many of their characters could be if done wrong, but how much fun they can be if they take the time and get them right.
- Drew McWeeny