Hawkgirl in Legends of Tomorrow
Hawkman is a fictional superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, the original Hawkman first appeared in Flash Comics #1, published by All-American Publications in 1940.
Since DC’s continuity was rewritten in the 1985 series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Hawkman’s history has become muddled with several new versions of the character appearing throughout the years, some associated with ancient Egypt and some with the fictional planet Thanagar. These versions of the character have starred in several series of various durations.
Hawkgirl is the name of several fictional superhero characters, all owned by DC Comics; the original Hawkgirl is one of the first costumed female superheroes.
The Justice League has been rotated throughout the years with characters such as Green Arrow, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Vixen, and dozens of others. Sidekicks like Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, Aquagirl, and Speedy tend to support the main hero or heroine.
All incarnations of Hawkman used the fictional "ninth metal" or "Nth metal" to defy gravity and allow them to fly. The metal is in their costume's belt, boots, and wings. Its abilities are controlled mentally. Their wings allow them to control their flight, though they can be "flapped" through use of shoulder motions. In most comic books he is known to have slightly enhanced physical strength.
The Golden Age Hawkman was also granted the ability to breathe underwater by the sea god Poseidon. He also discovered a hidden kingdom of sentient birds led by the old One-Eye, who taught him their language and later sacrificed himself to save the Hawkman's life. Among the leading birds was a hawk named Big Red.
The Silver Age Hawkman also had enhanced senses comparable (it was said) to a hawk's. He (and, sometimes, the Golden Age Hawkman) was also able to converse with birds, though he couldn't command them in the same way that Aquaman could command sea creatures. He also wore special contact lenses that allowed him to detect beams and radiation. The Silver Age Hawkman also possessed a Thanagarian police space ship and a variety of science fictional weapons.
All versions of Hawkman preferred to use archaic weaponry—particularly maces, nets, spears, and shields—rather than modern or futuristic weapons. The current incarnation prefers this in part because, having the memories of living through many past lives, he is more proficient in their use than with contemporary weapons. In Katar Hol's case, it was too dangerous to use Thanagarian weaponry since there was too great a chance they could be lost or captured and then used or duplicated on Earth. There is, however, one significantly unique weapon Carter employs occasionally: the Claw of Horus. Constructed of Nth metal by Prince Khufu in ancient Egypt, it was delivered to the newly resurrected Carter Hall by the time-displaced Jay Garrick in JSA Book 3: "The Return of Hawkman". Later, in Superman-Batman Book 1: "Public Enemies", Hawkman used it to defeat Superman, using its Nth metal to channel the Earth's gravitational field. As he explained to Superman, "Essentially, I just hit you with the planet."
All versions of Hawkman have shown enhanced levels of strength. The Golden Age Hawkman was said to have the strength of 12 men but later that idea was dropped. Whereas the Golden Age Hawkman's strength appeared natural, it was later explained (with The Silver Age Hawkman) that the Nth metal enables its wielders to carry great weights. The recent incarnation has interpreted this as the Nth metal simply enhancing the strength of the user. Also, several JLA and JSA stories indicate that Thanagar has greater gravity than Earth, and that Thanagarians are naturally stronger than humans because they are adapted to it, similarly to how Atlanteans (e.g. Aquaman) are adapted to deep sea pressures.
It has also been explained in the JSA series that the Nth metal greatly aids in healing, closing wounds almost instantaneously. One example is in the JLA story "Crisis of Conscience," in issues 115-118. Carter's arm is nearly severed during one part of the issue, but the wound has obviously closed and functionality returned by the end of the issue. The Atom has commented that Hawkman laughs at anything less than third-degree burns.
The Nth metal also regulates the body temperature of the wearer, preventing the need for heavy protective clothing while in high altitudes. It also has the property of radiating heat, which can be controlled to warm the wearer in colder climates.
In May 2011, it was reported that Warner Bros. is in the process of hiring writers to pen a Hawkman film. The Thanagarians are mentioned in the comic book prequel to Man of Steel by a member of the Kryptonian Council of Five as a "barbaric race". This confirms the Thanagarian's existence in the DC Comics shared movie universe in which Man of Steel takes place.
Smallville: "Absolute Justice" s9/e11 (2010)
Actor Michael Shanks played Hawkman in the TV series Smallville, in the 2-part episode "Absolute Justice". Shanks later reprises the Hawkman role for the Smallville Season 9 finale episode "Salvation", where he appears alongside other superheroes. Carter Hall returns for the season 10 episode "Shield" where he gives Lois Lane some words of wisdom about her relationship with Clark Kent. Hawkman later appears in the eleventh episode "Icarus" and battles Slade Wilson. During the battle he is mortally wounded and after saving Lois Lane, he dies. His funeral is held in Egypt in a tomb where his wife Shayera was buried, with the Justice League there in mourning.
Super Friends (1977)
Hawkman's first animated appearance was in the 1967 Filmation animated series The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, in which Hawkman appears in several shorts, either in solo adventures or as part of the Justice League. The cartoon version resembles the Silver Age hero closely, except he uses a ray blaster "power claw" instead of archaic weapons, he has an eagle sidekick named Skreal instead of Hawkgirl, and he is a scientist instead of a museum director. Additionally, his spacecraft is bird-shaped. Hawkman was voiced by Vic Perrin.
Hawkman has appeared as a Super Friend in The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians voiced by Jack Angel. Hawkman appears in almost every episode of Challenge of the Super Friends, but has only spoken lines in thirteen out of the sixteen episodes of this series.
Justice League: Starcrossed (2004)
In the 3-part Justice League episode "Starcrossed", a character based loosely on the Silver Age Hawkman called Hro Talak (an anagram of Katar Hol) is introduced and voiced by Victor Rivers. As the leader of the Thanagarian forces, he had used Hawkgirl as a scout on Earth. Although Hawkgirl believed they were on Earth to establish a defence against the Thangarians' enemies, the Gordanians, Talak's true plan is to destroy Earth as part of the establishment of a hyperspace bypass that would allow the Thanagarians to reach the Gordanian home system and destroy them. After the Justice League defeat them, the Thanagarian forces leave Earth to fight the Gordanians, concluding that remaining on Earth to start again would be too difficult. He did not use the name Hawkman.
Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Hunter's Moon", it is revealed that the remainder of the Thanagarian army was attacked by the Gordanians and Hro Talak sacrificed his life to destroy one of their ships leaving those that were with Hro to flee to another planet where they plot revenge against Hawkgirl when she lands in their trap with Vixen and Vigilante. In Season 3, an actual Hawkman appears who is an amalgamation of the Golden Age and Silver Age Hawkman (voiced by James Remar). He first appears in the episode "Shadow of the Hawk" in the form of Carter Hall (whose birthname is Joseph Gardner), an archaeologist who takes a liking to Shayera. He had previously discovered Thanagarian technology in an Egyptian tomb, and after exposure to a memory-recording device called an Absorbacron, comes to believe that he and Shayera are the reincarnations of two Thanagarian lovers, named Katar Hol and Shayera Hol, who had crashed in ancient Egypt. Adopting the name of Hawkman, Hall leads her to the tomb (with Batman secretly following) and reveals his superhero identity. When the villainous Shadow Thief attacks, the tomb collapses, after which Shadow Thief escapes, and Hawkman departs, still believing that he and Shayera are meant for each other. It is not stated definitively, however, that Hall is actually speaking the truth - it is suggested that he is delusional, and that his mind may have been addled by his exposure to the Absorbacron. However, it is also shown that deep in the tomb is a dual-occupancy mummy case with two winged mummies resting hand in hand, so the viewer is left to make their own judgement. In the episode "Ancient History" it is revealed that the Shadow Thief is an independent fragment of Hall's addled psyche and that the reincarnation theory is likely true. In the series finale, "Destroyer", he is seen along with other heroes responding to the League alert concerning Darkseid's invasion of Earth. Batman says that Hall's real name is "Joseph Gardner", which is a nod to Hawkman's most notable creators, Joe Kubert and Gardner Fox.
Hawkman in Cartoons
Hawkman makes a cameo (alongside The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern) in The Batman season four finale "The Joining, Part Two" and appeared in the episode "What Goes Up...", voiced by Robert Patrick. In the episode, he teamed with Batman and Robin to stop Black Mask and Shadow Thief. In the series finale episode "Lost Heroes", he and the Justice League went up against Hugo Strange and the joining. While not identified by name, a comment made about the Batcave looking like police headquarters on Thanagar indicates that he is Katar Hol.
The Golden Age Hawkman appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Golden Age of Justice!" voiced by William Katt. He appears as one of the aging Justice Society of America members.
Hawkman is beside the Super Friends in trying to reclaim the Hall of Justice from the Joker in the direct-to-video DC Super Friends: The Joker's Playhouse (2010) voiced by David Kaye.
The Katar Hol Hawkman appears as a member of the JLA in Young Justice animated series voiced by James Remar (Reprising his role from Justice League Unlimited on the DCAU).
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