In a recent interview with Mario Lopez, Minka Kelly expanded on what we can expect to see from her character Dove on Titans when it premieres on the new DC Universe streaming service later this year. If we take literally what she said in her interview that Hawk and Dove “…are actually not superheroes” then the Hawk and Dove we see on the small screen later this year may have almost nothing do with comic the duo we’ve come to know.
When we saw our first look at Hawk and Dove back in December of last year we were hype—they’ve always been two of our favorite characters in the DC Universe. The series appeared to clearly take place after the death of Hank Hall’s (Hawk) brother Don, as he coping with having a new partner – Dawn Granger (Dawn). In fact, we even went into our comic archives here at GEEK and started re-reading her first appearance during the five-issue miniseries of Hawk & Dove Vol 2 from way back in 1988.
The dichotomy of having Hawk – who was given his power by T’Charr, a Lord of Chaos – and Dove – who was given her power by Terataya, a Lord of Order – who, as people, are at total opposite ends of the spectrum, initially being forced together as an experiment to prove that Order and Chaos can work together was fascinating. To have all this power and strength, but yet only be able to use it when danger was present was a unique twist on the superhero trope. But on Titans, we’re probably never going to see it.
Minka Kelly initially provides some hope that Hawk and Dove will mirror the comics when she revealed that “Dove is the avatar of peace and Hawk is the avatar of war…she balances him out.” She goes on to say “it’s not often you get to see a love story with superheroes…that’s one thing that’s different from this show than any other one.” She didn’t say Order and Chaos, but the general concept is there so it lines up.
We have a slight cause for concern when Mario Lopez refers to her as a superhero. Minka Kelly states “The fact that we are actually not superheroes, we are vigilantes, so you get to see the backstory of how we became vigilantes, what happened in our lives that broke us…” Again, this could still line-up with the comics – technically if you’re not government sanctioned, you’re a vigilante – so maybe this will still be true to the comics.
It’s when asked about her having heroic powers that things start to go off the rails. Minka Kelly replies by saying that “I have a super suit, and I have wings…I have 30-pound wings that I wear, that I can’t fly because they try, it’s as realistic as possible…I can’t fly because that would be not realistic. I have wings, but they are my shield and they are my weapons. So I take people under my wing and protect them and I slice people with them when I fight.”
Could this new take on Hawk and Dove actually work? It’s possible. If the rumored episode title list is true, at a minimum, we will have two episodes featuring these characters – and we will reserve judgment until we see it. Titans is making some interesting decisions with their characters, and time will tell if it pays off. Just like Agent Fox Mulder who’s poster in his office said “I want to believe,” we here at GEEK really want this show to be good.
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