Hawkman has one of the most intricate and reworked backstories in the DC Universe. The character originated in the days of Ancient Egypt and has repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. At some point, he was also transformed into an alien who assumed the identity of an archaeologist. Basically, Hawkman was a bunch of people who served different purposes, and chronicling his entire history on screen would take a lot of time and effort.
However, Black Adam will not explore Hawkman’s history in depth. During a conversation with Vanity Fair, director Jaume Collet-Serra explained that viewers will be able to easily immerse themselves in his story. “There are clear references in the comics like, ‘Hey, I saw you 5,000 years ago. Do you remember me?” We don’t do that,” he said.
The director thinks that these references will be too “confusing” for the audience, so the filmmakers are going to let the story of Hawkman develop organically. “All these rules [are something] you don’t want to install until those symbols are actually installed,” he added.