Aldis Hodge hasn’t been shy about trying to crack his way into the superhero film business. and he couldn’t be more excited to be doing it as Hawkman in Black Adam.
Hodge recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in support of his new film, One Night in Miami, and when you have a Hawkman-sized gorilla sitting in the room, it’s bound to come up in discussion. Luckily it seems to be a topic that Hodge is very ready to discuss.
“I had been very, very much looking forward to being a part of any kind of superhero universe,” said Hodge. “I didn’t care what it was for such a long time just because I had been such a fan. I grew up on graphic novels. I got into the business so I could earn money to buy Batman toys, you know? But as far as my pursuit of this kind of vehicle — for no particular character, but just any foot in the door — it had been many years. It was like 13 to 15 years of constantly going up to bat and getting told no. And then I realized, in that moment, it all made sense. It was a moment of clarity that said, “Okay, everything that you tried to do and didn’t get, and every time you tried to prepare and didn’t get it… All that preparation wasn’t wasted or lost. It was just preparing you for the right role that was meant for you.” So it really was a validation of those last few years of pursuit, hustle and preparation. And for me, it was a real moment of disbelief.
It has been customary when someone takes on a role in a comic book movie to discuss what source material they are leaning in to, but it seems that Hodge is leaning into absolutely everything he can get his hands on. “I will say this, and on the record, this is completely removed of anything having to do with the film. As a fan, a comic book fan and a superhero fan, I love Hawkman’s nature. He’s an absolute warrior. He is a savage, and a savage for the best reason. He’s well-intentioned. But the thing that I love about him so much and that I connect to personally is his understanding and love of trying to get history right. It comes down to the cerebral part of it. He’s a professor, and because he lives so many lives, he understands; he was there. He is history. And when it comes to certain things in textbooks, he wants to get it right. And for me growing up, as a kid, I couldn’t stand history. I hated history class because I knew it wasn’t right. What we would learn in the textbooks, what I learned or what I was taught about my culture, I knew it was not right because I was doing the extra research at home. My mom was an educator. She educated all my siblings. So the thing that I love about him most is that he’s on a mission to figure out what his purpose is, but a part of that purpose is in correcting that history, getting it right and making sure people understand and are educated in that way. And that’s sort of a personal mission of mine. So I love the fact that this is Hawkman. It is Carter Hall or Katar Hol. And his original state, the first version of him, is Prince Khufu. He’s Egyptian. He’s African. I love that I get to play somebody who has lineage to the motherland. It’s fantastic.”
And will he look as the winged hero? Apparently pretty good as he isn’t waiting to work out with Dwayne Johnson and is hitting the gym on his own, saying, “Brother, I’m already doing that. I’m already there. I can’t wait to get to it because right now, I’m in New York shooting my show City on a Hill. We’re doing our second season. And sometimes, I’ll get to work at 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning, which is a late, late call for me. So I take advantage of that because I’m at my gym at 7 o’clock in the morning, getting at it. I’m actually going to the gym as soon as we get off the phone. Yeah, it’s not a game, brother.”
It sounds as though Hodge is more than ready to tackle the role of Hawkman.
Black Adam is currently without a release date due to coronavirus-related delays.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
IMAGE SOURCE: Shutterstock – Aldis Hodge – Ovidiu Hrubaru