Friday, September 11, 2015

Legends Of Tomorrow Hawkman and Hawkgirl Revealed!

So the hits keep on coming as we roll towards the new seasons of Arrow and The Flash, plus the debut of Legends of Tomorrow (and, I suppose, Vixen as well). And from Deadline (care of Newsarama) comes this promotional picture showing us the full uniforms (sans wings) for Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

A couple of thoughts:

--Firstly, obviously no wings.  I am going to assume that the wings will be retractable or removable on the show so that they can move around sets without bumping into things.  Whether they will be practical or CGI is a debate I have seen; I am leaning towards a mix, similar to what was done on Smallville.

--The color scheme seems so... drab.  Couldn't they have thrown a little green in there?  Of course, given that Ollie is wearing more green, Barry wears red, and so forth, maybe going with a brown palette is a way to break things up visually across the DCTVU.  If you wanted to get a darker color scheme for the Winged Wonders, I suppose you could have gone with Hawkworld style grey and gold, but that might be a bit too severe.  I do like the hints of straps and Hawk emblem on Carter; Kendra looks to be wearing a medallion of some sort, and her bodice suggests straps across her chest and sternum as well, sort of like the post-Blackest Night Shiera.

--The helmets look well put together.  I like that they are a little bit ornate but overwrought. I also like keeping the basic shape of Kendra's swoopy, Silver Age style helmet rather than putting them in similar styles.

--Where's Kendra's weapon?  I am going to assume that she will be wielding her typical arsenal in the series, but would it have been too hard to give her a spear or flail here?  Looking closely, you can just kinda-sorta make out what might be a cestus on her glove, but it looks too far back on the hand to really convince me.  As far as Carter, the morningstar is most welcome.  Given the amount of arrow-piercings that CW can get away with, I am hoping to have some good "smash ups" in his fights.  More intriguing though -- check out the holster on his hip! Maybe I am reaching a bit here but is it too much to ask that we get the debut of the Graviton Pistol?!

--Interesting enough, Carter appears less covered than Kendra. She has a bit of a neckline, but certainly not plunging (pun intended) into Power Girl territory.  But Carter also has a neckline, as well as his beefy biceps on display for all to see.  I do like Kendra's belt as well -- a little bit Julie Newmar, a little bit Han Solo.

--Falk Hentschel has his Hawk-frown down. Ciara Renee does make me think of Kendra here, specifically from Volume 4 when she tended to be more interested in helping people than hurting bad guys. Still eager to see her in full "Hawkgirl Smash" mode.

Overall, as a promo picture, it does its job of getting me -- as a Hawkfan -- very excited! I was not expecting bright green and yellow, so even though the brown is still a bit odd, I can appreciate what the production seems to be shooting for.  I remaing very excited for this show and can hardly wait to see the Hawks in action.

What do you think of the new promo shot? Does it get you more hyped up for Legends, or is this some cold water?

Image: Hawkman and Hawkgirl Legends of Tomorrow Promotional Picture, 2015, Newsarama.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hawkman Confirmed as Series Regular for Legends Of Tomorrow

Speculation as to the level of involvement which Hawkman would have in DC's forthcoming Legends Of Tomorrow series seemingly can end now, as Executive Producer Phil Klemmer has stated that Hawkman will be appearing in every episode as a series regular.

Well, huh.

Take it away, Mr, Klemmer:

It doesn't [take away from Hawkgirl's presence], because the way we've imagined them is that they've obviously been reincarnated through the ages together, but the fact that he remembers their previous lives and she doesn't… it gives them very much like a Bogie & Bacall sort of [relationship].

Klemmer also states that the show is specifically avoiding "sentimentality," and while romance is not out of the question, "there'll be more sex than romance."

Well, uh... huh again.

Honestly I'm so muddled by this little piece that I am not even sure what to think.  I was -- and remain -- very excited for Hawkgirl to be a part of this series since, let's face it, Hawkgirl rocks.  And I am excited to have Hawkman be a part of the series as well, because I think the history between the two characters (as explored by Geoff Johns and David Goyer in JSA and Hawkman V.4, also referenced by Klemmer) is ripe for mining in a media adaption featuring the characters.

But some of this TV-producer speak turns me off.  "More sex than romance?" Can't we have them just bash people with weapons and then be tense afterwards? Why does there need to be sex for the Hawks to interact?  Some of the best character work from those early days of Volume 4 was the idea of NOT forcing destiny, with Carter and Kendra working together but not being together. "Partners but not a couple" serves these particular iterations of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, so I am concerned about their relationship being akin to bickering in the field of battle and then angry copulation back in the bedroom.

Then there's the simple fact that this cast is getting outrageously large.  There were a lot of characters involved before, and now we have just added another full-time regular member to said cast. How are all of the various storylines and subplots going to be juggled and still be comprehensible?  Both Arrow and The Flash feature ensemble casts, sure, but their casts are not all powered "name" characters. If Thea Queen or Paco Ramone take something of a back seat in a particular episode, without any major plot developments for them, well, that's alright because they are supporting characters. But this is (ostensibly) a team of heroes, all of whom need to be served by the overall ongoing plot. How in the heck do you keep this many plates spinning on a 44 minute TV show?

This isn't a team book where you can have a single thought balloon or caption to keep a subplot going month to month.

I'm being cynical but these are cynical days.

Of course, that having been said I am still very eager to see Legends of Tomorrow and to get the Winged Wonders on the small screen once more.

So what do you think?  Yea or nay on Hawkman as a series regular?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Report: Hawkman Cast For Arrow, The Flash

Per Newsarama, Variety is reporting that Falk Hentschel (who played Marc Scarlotti AKA Whiplash in one episode of Agents of SHIELD) has been cast as Carter Hall AKA Hawkman for appearances in the upcoming seasons of The CW's DC superhero dramas Arrow and The Flash, as part of a crossover which sets the stage for Legends Of Tomorrow, which of course, features Hawkgirl.  

I did enjoy Hentschel's turn as Whiplash over the fence on SHIELD, and hoped he would make a return in the role.  I think he definitely has the physicality for the part of Carter, but as he did not get much time to speak as the villainous HYDRA asset, I do not know how he will work out for the less-smashy scenes.  I am, unfortunately, not familiar with any of his roles beyond that one. Still, it is very cool that we are getting a new live action Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and I retain my high hopes for the new seasons of Arrow and The Flash, and am very much looking forward to Legends.

What about you?  Do you like this casting, or is this a bust?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hawkman Coming to The CW?

As we start ramping up anticipation for the new seasons of both Arrow and The Flash, plus the debut of DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, a new rumor making the rounds is that in addition to Hawkgirl bashinh heads and taking names on Legends, Hawkman himself will be popping up on the network as well.  Per Newsarama:

Entertainment Weekly reports that Carter Hall, A.K.A. Hawkman, is coming to Arrow and Flash before he appears in the spin-off DC's Legends Of Tomorrow. 

The report describes Hawkman as “charismatic and wise beyond his years, Hawkman is a natural-born leader with an abundance of charm and confidence—well, that’s because he’s 5,000 years old.” Hawkman will also reportedly retain the memories from his many resurrections, unlike Hawkgirl who will have no memory of her past lives or even Hawkman when the pair meet.

This would not be the first time that Hawkman showed up on The CW, of course, as Michael Shanks portrayed the Winged Wonder a few times back on Smallville.  But it would make a lot of sense to introduce Carter as the story tool for Kendra to begin her journey of remembering all of her past lives -- which was not dissimilar to what was done on Justice League Unlimited, either.

So what do you think?  Will we have both Hawkman and Hawkgirl on the small screens this coming season?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Trailer

Well the hits just keep on coming today as far as DC's Legends Of Tomorrow is concerned!  No sooner do we get an official group shot and confirmation of Vandal Savage, but now we get to see the team in action in the trailer!

And what a trailer it is, as we get to see all of the team in action, including our very own "girl with wings and a past lives complex."  Oddly, we don't see as much of Hawkgirl as we do others (especially White Canary and Atom), suggesting that the effects work on her scenes may not be complete yet.  But so help me Onimarr Synn but I spotted a helmet and boot talons!  Seeing her take flight off a "perch" and then pacing Firestorm swooping through the city was mind bogglingly cool (shout out to Shag).  I may be a sucker for this sort of thing but I've already swallowed the hook and we're months away from the debut.  

Other DC nerd moments -- seeing Captain Cold and Heatwave going to town on Savage's goons, White Canary's "birth" (of sorts), and Atom displaying some rather nifty new powers (heh heh).  And I did have to laugh at Rip Hunter's Time Lord... err, excuse me, Time Master having an incredibly British accent.  

Speaking of Rip, he mentions that the team will have to travel through time... I have to wonder, will this be a Timeranger sort of deal (we travel in time once and stay there) or a Back To The Future sort of deal?  I guess we will find out soon enough.

This show was already a "no-brainer" for me but this trailer serves to get me even more hopped up for it.  What kind of emotions does this trailer raise up in you, gentle readers?  Comment and share!

h/t to Newsarama for posting this item!

Vandal Savage To Face DC's Legends

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Newsarama is reporting that Vandal Savage will be the first "antagonist" which the titular Legends of DC's Legends of Tomorrow will face.  You'll recall that I predicted this thanks to the "immortal threat" verbiage in the teaser.  Me, and every other DC nerd everywhere, that is.

h/t to Newsarama for breaking this item.

DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Official Cast Shot And Description

As the network upfronts continue, more information continues to roll out for DC's upcoming superhero TV shows, including the one we are looking at today, DC's Legends Of Tomorrow.  The promotional image gives us our first official look at the ensemble, including the very Doctor Who-ish Rip Hunter (no surprise there), Sara Lance as "White Canary" (hmmm...), and the main point of interest for this blog, Ciarra Renee as Hawkgirl.

Not much I can say other than she looks much more serious minded than in the previous photo The CW had released, but that was not an in character shot, so that is to be expected.  In a subtle touch, she is looking up to the sky...

The official synopsis released doesn't reveal much more than we have already heard, but here it is:

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber ("The Flash," "Alias"); Brandon Routh ("Arrow," "Superman Returns"); Arthur Darvill ("Doctor Who"); Caity Lotz ("Arrow"); Ciarra Renee ("Pippin"); Franz Drameh ("Edge of Tomorrow"); with Dominic Purcell ("The Flash," "Prison Break"); and Wentworth Miller ("The Flash," "Prison Break"). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash," upcoming "Pan"), Marc Guggenheim ("Arrow," "Eli Stone," "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"), Andrew Kreisberg ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Eli Stone," "Warehouse 13") and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash," upcoming "Pan").

h/t to Newsarama for posting this.  I'm very excited about DC's Legends of Tomorrow and seeing Hawkgirl on the small screen!  What about you, are you excited for the next wave of DC's television offerings?

Image: DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, 2015, image obtained from Newsarama.