High Flying Duo Joins Titans Lineup
The upcoming DC streaming show Titans has been making news of late, including the casting of Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing. Now, two more actors have come on board the freshman series, which is set to debut on DC Comics’ streaming platform. Minka Kelly will play Dawn Granger, aka the heroine Dove. Opposite her will be Alan Ritchson as Hank Hal, aka the hero Hawk. These two bird themed heroes are very different in personality but are in fact a pair of lovebirds (sorry for the pun).
Dove is, to quote Deadline “strategic, defensive and lithe,” the opposite of Hawk, who is described as “an aggressive, offensive bruiser.” These two avatars of Order and Chaos may often bicker but are a match made to terrify bad guys. The duo, in various forms, has been members of the Titans in various permutations of the group.
A Returning Player And A Newcomer To DCTV
This is not Ritchson’s first go-round with DC Comics and portraying one of their characters. He played Aquaman on Smallville before moving on to shows such as Blue Mountain State. He has also been a contender among fans for the role of Shazam. Kelly is a newcomer to genre television but has been in shows such as Friday Night Lights, the short-lived reboot of Charlies Angels and Jane The Virgin.
Birds Of A Feather
Created by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko and Steve Skeates, Hawk and Dove were originally two brothers, Don and Hank Hall. These superpowered siblings would bicker as they fight crime, often due to their conflicting personalities. After Don’s demise on Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dawn Granger took over the role. Over time, Dawn and Hank got power upgrades and fell in love. Shortly there after, Hawk became a villain for the infamous Armageddon 2001 event. Dawn’s long lost, and inexplicably British, sister Holly became the new Hawk a few years later. Holly would be killed by an undead Hank during Blackest Knight. Hank is later resurrected during Brightest Day and rejoined Dawn for the New 52. Don Hall, Hank Hall, and Holly Granger all have memorials in Titans Tower.
Along with Steve Ditko, it is artist Rob Liefeld who made a major impact on the tales of Hawk and Dove. Liefeld is credited in helping revive the duo along with writers Karl and Barbara Kesel. Liefeld wrote and drew the New 52 adventures of the pair before his acrimonious split with DC Comics in 2012.
Titans is set to debut in 2018.