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Black Adam gives Aldis Hodge’s Carter Hall a major role, but the DCEU movie failed to showcase Hawkman’s greatest power: his ability to reincarnate.

Aldis Hodge’s Carter Hall is heavily featured in Black Adam, but the film failed to showcase Hawkman’s greatest power. As the leader of the Justice Society, Hawkman leads the charge in the team’s attempts to subdue Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. The DC Extended Universe movie shows just how powerful he is with the Nth Metal Hawksuit. Black Adam repeatedly shows Hawkman in action to give his abilities time to shine. It’s for this reason that Aldis Hodge’s character is one of the most memorable parts of the film, but his DCEU debut missed the perfect opportunity to show off his full powers.

One of the big plot points in Black Adam’s ending is that Doctor Fate sees a future where Hawkman dies fighting Sabbac. Doctor Fate sacrifices himself to keep Carter alive, but it’s not necessary since Hawkman has reincarnation powers in the comics. Stemming from an ancient curse, Hawkman is repeatedly able to truly cheat death and reincarnate. The comic continuity is pretty messy when it comes to how Hawkman’s reincarnation works, but he was able to retain memories from his past lives at times. Black Adam doesn’t mention Hawkman’s reincarnation powers, but he could have been incorporated if Carter had died fighting Sabbac.

Hawkman should have died instead of Doctor Fate

Given his reincarnation powers, Hawkman should have died instead of Doctor Fate in Black Adam. Not only could the movie use Carter’s greatest power, but it would also be a chance to show that Hawkman isn’t afraid of death. Being fully aware of his reincarnation powers, Hawkman being willing to die fighting Sabbac would be Black Adam’s opportunity to show how far he’s willing to go to be a hero. It also leaves the DCEU able to further explore Hawkman’s past and powers in the future through his death and rebirth, creating a need to show what happens.

Hawkman dying in Black Adam would also mean Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate might stick around longer. His sacrificial death should be the end for Kent Nelson, as Doctor Fate’s helmet and cloak are now likely to pass to someone else. It’s somewhat disappointing since Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate was such a highlight in Black Adam. He could stick around for future appearances if he didn’t die, while Aldis Hodge could still play a reincarnated Hawkman after his death.

Hawkman’s ‘death’ could help introduce Hawkgirl

If Hawkman died in Black Adam, the DCEU might have had an easier path to introducing Hawkgirl. Carter Hall isn’t the only one cursed with the powers of reincarnation, as he and Hawkgirl are stuck in the endless loop together. Since Black Adam doesn’t mention Hawkman’s connection to Hawkgirl, it’s possible that his death and rebirth will trigger the start of a new cycle where their paths are destined to cross. The DCEU could reveal that Hawkgirl died in the past, but Hawkman didn’t, allowing the heroes of the Justice Society to be on Carter’s same afterlife trajectory again. Instead, Hawkgirl and Hawkman can still cross paths after Black Adam.

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