Hawk and Dove make their grand entrance in Titans episode 2, which is titled (appropriately) "Hawk and Dove". His arrival marks an immediate change for the series, which becomes less about Dick Grayson's post-Batman problems like Robin and a little more about establishing a full life. World of DC superheroes. Created by the legendary Steve Ditko (from Spider-Man and Doctor Strange), both were initially Hank and Don Hall, a pair of superhero brothers, before Karl and Barbara Kesel renewed them as Hank Hall and Dawn Granger.
Played by Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly in Titans, the TV DC Universe Hawk and Dove are a veteran pair of crime fighters who may be looking for a way out of the difficult lifestyle that creates the superhero. The Hawk, angry and angry world of Ritchson, is a perfect counterpoint to the serene and understanding pigeon of Kelly, and the pair is so immediate on the screen that the impression is that the characters could carry a series of their own if necessary.
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And while the most significant part of that is the chemistry and charisma of Ritchson and Kelly, there is also a certain interesting factor at play, as both of them look like what might be the best superhero costumes on the screen at the moment. But what is good for the viewers is not always good for the actors. And Ritchson, in particular, suffered while designing the suit.
"They really poured their hearts and souls into him, but I had to be the mannequin," Ritchson told reporters at the NYCC. "It was hours and hours of pushing and pulling, and the bolts were driven in. They really built it from the beginning."
And while Ritchson looks pretty superhero on the screen with the red and white suit, that makes real superheroology difficult. Namely, the "wings" style layer of the suit must be fastened with metal rods so that they always move as they are supposed to.
"It's very uncomfortable," he says. "He does not like to move, because the cape is so heavy, the cape is about 30 pounds or something … it's just all heavy, I was screwed and screwed, I took it off at the end of the day and my chest was bleeding."
Of course, despite its drawbacks, but he knows how well it looks. "And now I can not urinate all day long," jokes Ritchson. "It's a love-hate relationship. I think they did a great job in honor of the comics, and it's really difficult to translate what can be drawn on a page to our dimension, and they did a fantastic job.
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The Minka Kelly pigeon costume presents challenges of its own, with a similar platform of 30 pounds. "We have supersuit teams that come and hold the weight of the wings for us," says Kelly. "I wear a huge harness under my suit that can distribute the weight of the wings so I can fight with them and use them as a shield. Although it's fun. As soon as you put it on, you're like, "Wow! I'm ready to fight! "
And they fight they do it. And true to the spirit of the characters, Hawk and Dove fight in very different ways. "They have given each of us our particular and specific way of fighting," says Kelly. "[Dove] I was a dancer, I was in jujitsu and I was a gymnast. His fights are more like a dance and Hawk is a brute Robin has his cape and his [kali sticks] and everyone has their own specific way of doing things that I think is really cool. But, it's frustrating in the trials because [Alan] He gets his choreography in ten minutes because he's throwing a lot of punches, and I'm crouching down, diving and dancing. Our doubles coordinators are incredible and I have an incredible double. "
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Ritchson already has a great experience in heavy paper, having worked in The Hunger Games: On Fire and like Rafael in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. "I've always played with someone who has to fight," he says. "So it's just a slightly different version of that kind of martial arts."
And while Hawk and Dove we are in Titans Episode 2 has been fighting together for at least four years, and we will eventually know its original story. Episode 10 of the Titans will focus on its early days. "It's before they're Hawk and Dove, and you can see them when they meet," says Kelly. "Akiva Goldsman and Geoff Johns wrote that episode and Akiva directed it, each one is a small movie, so it's just been very funny and I'm so attracted to the world that Akiva and Geoff have been able to create, the balance between making be the most mature, real, raw, violent version of a superhero show you've seen that keeps the superhero look. "
Since we are getting an episode of origin for the pair, maybe DC Universe risked a split in the line. But if nothing else, it should mean we'll see more of Hawk and Dove in the future, like Titans It has already been renewed for a second season.
Titans broadcasts new episodes every Friday on DC Universe.
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