Fans know the casting of Aldis Hodge as Hawkman and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone in black adam goes against the source material, but fewer might be aware that was not the case with the concept art.

Source: Black Adam (2022), Warner Bros. Pictures

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At this point, the comics were used as the main reference, which YouTube and movie commentator Ninja Knight prove in a recent video via a comparison between pre-production art and promotional images of actors in costume.

Below is the attached, original Ninja Knight Instagram post showing the evolution of the Justice Society from concept to screen.

As you can see, the main differences are that Hawkman and Cyclone are depicted as their usual Caucasian selves and Dr. Fate has changed from a full costume to Pierce Brosnan simply holding the enchanted helmet.

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“The tokenization and race-swapping of Hawkman and Cyclone, as evidenced by concept art and the characters’ long backstories, are the main reasons the Black Adam movie can lick me. [email protected]“Ninja Knight wrote in the caption of his post.

He then points out that the Cyclone Swindell actor classifies himself as a non-binary trans man who goes by “they.” The caption adds, “Woman playing Cyclone says she’s a trans man and uses them/them pronouns by the way.”

Source: Black Adam (2022), Warner Bros. Pictures

“Fuck this movie.” Ninja Knight encourages, “Can’t stand it.”

In his video, he further expands on Swindell, who has been referred to as “they” by Dwayne Johnson in interviews. He would praise “their” hard work without mentioning Cyclone is another case of POC cast as a traditionally white redhead character.

On Hawkman, Ninja Knight notes that The man from the north Actor Alexander Skarsgård would have been a favorite to play the Thanagarian at first, which would have been more comedic.

Source: Black Adam (2022), Warner Bros. Pictures

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It’s not that Ninja Knight is opposed to a Black Hawkman, per se, he would just rather see a new alter ego outside of Carter Hall – which actor Aldis Hodge plays. That fact, he says, proves that Johnson isn’t really listening to the fans when he makes a run trade they didn’t want.

This is why NK thinks Henry Cavill’s return to the post-credits scene is bait and switch to cover black adam wake-up factor.

Superman returns to the DCEU at the end to take on his anti-hero adversary, which gets fans excited, but it may just be a ploy to keep the movie from failing or throw in the big grenade reveal as the reason. of failure.

Source: Black Adam (2022), Warner Bros. Pictures

black adam is on track to do better than expected, even if it doesn’t fit The Batman numbers, but Ninja Knight urges its listeners not to be the ones helping the film by giving it their support.

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